Family Portraits: 5 Things to Prepare Before the Photoshoot

Do you have a family photoshoot coming up? Want to look great in your pictures? Here are some tips to keep in mind while preparing for a family portrait session: 

1. Color Matters

When choosing outfits for the entire family, be cautious of making everyone match. It’s actually ok if everyone doesn’t match, color is fine. It’s okay to add some bright colors into your wardrobe for a photoshoot. Color can come across great in pictures; just try to  stick to colors within the same color palette.

2. Choose a Location and the Type of Shoot

Do you want an intimate family session in an apple orchard in the fall? Or would you like a fun, relaxed shoot at the beach? Decide on where you would like to have the shoot and what kind of atmosphere you are looking for from the shoot. Do you want to add any props or special pieces to your shoot? Discuss these details  with your photographer. When I’m working with a family, I love finding new scenery and locations, and bringing a client’s vision to life.

3. Get Enough Rest and Eat Before the Shoot

You want to be sure that everyone in the family gets a good night’s sleep; especially the little ones. Also, don’t come to your session on an empty stomach. If you have children, make sure they have something to eat -- you want them to cooperate and not have that “hungry” face in photos.

4. Look for Inspiration

Just as much as a photographer needs to prepare for a shoot, so do you! Use Pinterest for inspiration on everything from wardrobe to location, props or anything that you might want to recreate.

5. Trust Your Photographer

Quantity does not always equal quality. Choose a photographer that you have a connection with; one whose work represents the style that you are looking for. Just because a photographer is expensive does not necessarily mean their work is right for you. Each photographer has their own sense of style, and you want to make sure you’re choosing someone  you vibe with. For example, I am the less-posey type of photographer; I like to capture moments authentically as they happen. That may not be your style, but that’s okay. Take the time to carefully choose a photographer who is the right fit for you. 

I hope you find these tips helpful for your next family portrait session!