Surviving your family photoshoot
Updated: May 12
Your challenge, should you accept it (and I hope you do), is to have the best family photoshoot ever!
Family photoshoots can be both fun and challenging for both the family members involved and the photographer. But over the years, I've picked up a few tips on how we can plan, prep and have a fun filled photoshoot that is a positive experience for everyone involved. Here are some of my top tips:
Setting expectations: It's important that before the day everyone knows what to expect. I will be in touch with you before your session, go through how long the photoshoot will last, what I would recommend you wear and all the important details you need to know for the day. I am usually in touch with clients the day before every shoot to make sure that everyone is happy, that the weather is as we would like it and to make sure we all know where we are going. This helps ensure that everyone is on the same page, and reduces anxiety and stress on the day of the shoot.
Be flexible: While it's important to have a plan in place, it's also really important to be flexible and willing to adapt as needed. Sometimes things just don't go as planned. It could be that something at the location is different, it could be that the weather is unpredictable, it could be that everyone just takes a little longer to warm up on the day. And that is all okay. Rolling with the punches keeps everyone relaxed and happy.
Have a plan for kids: Kids of all ages can be a challenge during a family photoshoot. It's important to have a plan in place to keep them occupied and engaged. This can mean having in mind some games that they like to play, or potentially bringing along toys or activities (like bubbles or a ball) that can add an element of excitement and connection to the session. Please also remember that it is not solely the photographers responsibility to keep the kids entertained. They will be doing everything they can to keep everyone happy, but will need help to keep everyone on side too.
Keep things moving: It's important to get a variety of shots on the day. This is why I like to try and keep everyone active on the day. We certainly won't be running a marathon, but we will be walking, playing, climbing and generally moving about. Spending too much time in one location or working to get one specific shot can ruin the flow of the session, and can create frustration and boredom. If there is a specific shot that you have seen that you like, please let me know ahead of the shoot. I will do my best to work this in, somehow, or create something close to it.
Take breaks: Family photoshoots can be tiring, especially if we have very little ones involved in the shoot. My session times are created so that you do not feel rushed. We can take our time and take breaks so that everyone stay happy. And even rest time can create some beautiful intimate photographic moments.
Have fun: Finally, it's important to remember that family photoshoots should be fun! Come along willing to give it a really good go. Be yourselves, be a little crazy and lets create some beautiful moments of your family.
Hopefully these tips help ensure that your family photoshoot is a positive experience for everyone involved. And of course, if you have any questions before your session please drop me a line. There are no silly questions and we can plan around anything.
I cannot wait to see you all.