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5 Tips for a Successful Family Photo Session

There are few things more emotional than family photos. Whether you're a parent looking for pictures of your kids to put on the mantle, or an aunt wanting to commemorate the first year of your niece's life with a photo session, family sessions can be both exciting and stressful.

To help make sure that everyone has fun at your family session, here are 5 tips for having a successful family photoshoot.

Wear clothing that coordinates with your location, season & theme.

Wearing clothes that coordinate with your location, season and theme will help to make the photo session seem more realistic as if you were documenting a moment in time.

Leading up to a photo session, I help clients coordinate their outfits to work perfectly in the location we’ve chosen. I offer easy tips and trips to follow for complementing each other in group photos! I even encourage families to send me pictures of their outfits for a “second opinion”!

Each client also gets access to an interactive, online, style guide. To use the style guide, you input the number of people in your group, their gender and ages, and what style you’d like the clothes to be. The style guide creates entire outfits for each member of the group with clickable links to purchase each piece!

The most important thing is that you are comfortable during your photo session! Outfit choices that compliment you, your setting, and the season will make you feel confident and that will shine in your photos.

Be ready for spontaneous shots!

ESPECIALLY if you have kids in your group! While I do have a plan for the photo session based on the style of photos you’re looking for and the dynamics of your family, sometimes the plan gets derailed in the best way!