We all know family photos can be so stressful, but the tips below will help you enjoy every second of it!

How to survive your family photoshoot

Plan ahead - choose outfits, location, and time in advance.

Outfits and locations go hand in hand for photos because the more they complement each other the better because they create a cohesive aesthetic. For example, a shirt made from a light material and denim shorts would be more fitting in a beach location than in a city location.

Get enough rest and eat before the shoot.

Get enough quality sleep the night before the shoot, and make sure not skip any naps for the littles! We want to make sure everyone is comfortable and happy during the photoshoot, so bring along snacks, water, and any special treat to get your children excited for photos.

Communicate with your family members to manage expectations and avoid conflicts.

It is super important to be patient and understanding with each other, just one person having a positive attitude can set the tone for your entire photoshoot. Make sure to communicate openly and honestly if any issues or concerns arise during the photo session, I'm there to help you through it all. Most importantly let the kids be kids, if they are running and jumping, lets take some time to play a few games to get those wiggles out. Sounds silly right? Well, games open up an amazing door for me to connect with your kids and get genuine smiles.

Bring props or activities to keep everyone engaged and having fun.

Props can add an element of fun to the photos and help people feel more comfortable in front of the camera, something as simple as bubbles for kids to play with, or a blanket for your family to sit on makes all the difference. Think about including silly poses, and candid shots to keep things interesting especially if you have multiple children. Let me know if you would like to include any of these into your session time and I will make it happen. Reminder that the main goal is to have fun and create lasting memories, so don't take things too seriously.

Trust your photographer and follow their instructions.

Make sure to share your own ideas and preferences, with this information I can plan to have your session be enjoyable. Remember I have your best interests in mind. I will never ask you to do something you or your family isn't comfortable with.

Remember to relax, smile, and enjoy the moment!

Below are some fun poses & prompts to use for your next family session

Fun with bubbles

look for jellyfish

get on dads shoulders and give mom a kiss

throw them in the air & Attack with kisses

twirl like a ballerina

race through the water as fast as you can

Sing & Dance together

love on the family pet

compare muscles with dad

hug them close & tickle

hold babies hands and feet

tell them your worst dad joke