How to Prepare for Your Family Photoshoot: Tips and Tricks

A family photoshoot is a wonderful opportunity to capture cherished moments and create lasting memories. To ensure a successful and enjoyable experience, proper preparation is key.

Here we’ve provided you with some expert tips and tricks to help you prepare for your family photoshoot with Image Exclusive Photography in Wadenhoe. By following our plan of action, you can ensure that your family’s unique personalities and connections are beautifully captured in your photographs.

Choosing the right clothing and props

Selecting the right clothing and accessories plays a crucial role in creating cohesive and visually pleasing family portraits.

Consider coordinating outfits, opting for complementary colours and styles that reflect your family’s personality and style.

Avoid busy patterns or logos on clothing that can be distracting.

Pay attention to the location and season. We shoot indoor photography with access to heating and air-con, but it is still good to wear clothes that ensures everyone feels comfortable and confident.

Props can add some fun and personality to your portraits. Consider your hobbies, special items or children’s toys. From musical instruments to baby blankets to sports balls, anything you’d like to include in your images will work perfectly. Even just a pair of sunglasses or colourful scarf can add a touch of joy and create big smiles when you come back to view your images.

Timing considerations

When scheduling your family photoshoot, consider the time of day that works best for your family, especially if you have school and work to manage. Ideally, choose a time when everyone is well-rested and in good spirits.

Our photography sessions last an hour and will accommodate breaks if you have little ones. This allows for relaxation, feeding, or simply enjoying a moment together, ensuring that everyone remains comfortable throughout the shoot.


Preparing children and pets for the photoshoot

Preparing children for a photoshoot can greatly impact their engagement during the session. Communicate with them in advance, explaining the importance of the occasion and the fun they will have. Involve them in the decision-making process, such as choosing their outfits or suggesting props they would like to bring.

If you have pets that will be part of the photoshoot, make sure they are well-groomed and comfortable around people. Bring treats or toys to keep them engaged and cooperative. Consider having a friend or family member available to assist with their care, ensuring their safety and allowing you to focus on creating beautiful memories.

Working with your photographer to plan the shoot

Collaborating with your photographer prior to the shoot is essential for a successful session. In the days leading up to the session your Image Exclusive photographer will call to discuss your vision, preferences, and any specific ideas you have in mind. Share details about your family’s dynamics, hobbies, or special moments you would like to capture. Your photographer can offer valuable suggestions regarding poses, clothing and props that align with your family’s style.

It’s also important to communicate any specific requests or concerns you may have. Whether it’s capturing a particular shot or ensuring the comfort of a family member, open and honest communication with your photographer will help them tailor the session to your needs.


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