How to Survive a Family Photoshoot

How to make your next family photo session a stress-free one.

Family photos are truly timeless and such a great keepsake for future generations. Getting the family together to take those perfect portraits can turn into chaos if not approached correctly. There is usually a lot more to consider when it comes to a family photoshoot since there are members of all ages, which means that there will be some extra coordination involved.

Below are some family photoshoot ideas and tips to keep you and your loved ones calm and smiling the whole way through:

  1. Timing is everything. If you have younger children involved in the shoot, try and arrange the photoshoot at a time when they would be well rested. A rested child makes for happy photos. On that note, make sure that all family members have gotten enough sleep the night before as this helps with the fun and relaxation aspects of the session.

  2. Dos and don’ts of bribery. Try getting your family excited about the photoshoot instead of simply offering a reward in return for their cooperation. Without preparing your family by describing what will happen and sharing how much fun it will be and how much it means to you will help everyone be more emotionally invested when it comes time to pose for the camera. Bribery alone, without talking the experience up tends to lead to forced smiles and an irritated bunch of people. If you do have small children coming along it’s not a bad idea to give the photographer some bribery options in the form of toys or small food items to make those difficult moments a little easier.

  3. Relinquish control. As much as you’ll want to direct your children on where to stand and how to pose, it’s best to leave that to the photographer as they know what works best. Not having this pressure will also make you feel more relaxed.

  4. It’s not just about the posing. The best photos happen when you’re having fun so joke and play with your children, hold your partner’s hand and just let the moments happen.

  5. Plan ahead. Discuss all of your requirements with your photographer beforehand so that the family photo session can just flow. Let your photographer know if you want specific pictures taken.

  6. Keep those sugar levels up. If everyone is well fed, the photoshoot will also run a lot smoother. It’s also not a bad idea to take a few snacks and some water along for those who might need it.

Enjoy capturing those memories! If done correctly, your family photo session should be a great bonding and memory-making moment for everyone involved.

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  • Michael Von Bank

    I think more families and even some photographers need to read this…. And learn it…lol. We were lucky to have an amazing photographer over the Christmas break who did an awesome job working with our entire family (8 kids, 3 sets of parents, 1 set of Grandparents). But still, this is awesome. Thank you for putting this together. If I had a Pinterest, I would pin it, but I do not, so I shall not. 🙂

    • paulabianca

      I saw those photos the other day! They came out so good. I was impressed that they were able to get good shots of each of the kids. I know that can be so hard to do. I was telling Jay the other day that you guys deserve to have some nice photos done, and felt bad we don’t live close enough to bless you with some. <3