Preparing for your photo session

The Girl’s Guide to Family Photo Sessions

Getting everyone ready and looking good is probably one of the most challenging aspects of a photo shoot.

Try to remember why you wanted to do the photo shoot – capturing special moments, celebrating a milestone or remembering loved ones.

If you have any questions, I would love to assist you.

Colours and outfits

Everyone does not have to match but colour coordinate or colour block your family’s outfits.  For example, choose 2 colours, add a basic colour of white, grey or blue and then use shades of those 3 colours to dress up.

Do not be scared to add a bold colour for fun, like a couple of yellow balloons, or red strawberries.  Remember to keep in mind the tones of the colour pallet – warm | cold | pastel etc.

Bring the right shoes – you might need to walking fast or hike up a hill.

Patterns are great but not everyone in the photo should wear patterns as it may distract from the final image.  Avoid large logos, animation characters & graphics.  Remember to stick to the same season.

Accessorize your outfit to add detail to the images.  Textures are also a great way to make the image interesting.

Weather or illness

A shoot can be rescheduled if the weather is very bad, or a child is ill.  Especially in the case of children, do not schedule the shoot to close after a medical procedure – even an injection.


Children and husbands

Happy children make for greater family photos than clean ones.  Prepare the kids.  I aim to make the shoot fun, so please help me to help them to have fun. Bring along favourite toys or special family past time items as props.

The Girl With The Camera


Taking pictures of children

Tips for taking pictures of your children

Any one that has children and animals in the same photo would know that it’s not an easy task to get them all to look at you, smile and look natural, while mom is pulling the dog off dad’s shirt and dad is clamping the boys between his legs, in an attempt to keep them still for the picture.

So my solution to this is – let them be. Let them be who they are. There aren’t many children I’ve met before that are great with sitting dead still for long periods of time. So I let them run around, play with their toys and even get dirty. I like to get the natural shots when they are tackling each other and dad is just shaking his head. Or that shot when you are not realising I am taking a photo. Those are the great shots.

Tips to take natural photos of your children:

  • Get down on their level
  • Use an environment that is child-friendly
  • Use a fast shutter speed for the active children
  • Take photos when they are rested and not hungry
  • Incorporate their toys that will keep them occupied and happy
  • Relax and have fun while taking photos

Enjoy the time spent with your children – Every moment is a memory!

The Girl With The Camera

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