This is a guest post.
Capturing Special Moments
As a child, a lot of us will remember the annoyance of being scrubbed up and taken along to a studio
photography session. Wearing a posh outfit, being on your best behavior and ordered around by a
random photographer… all in all, it isn’t a fond experience to look back on!
These days though, family photography doesn’t have to be such an organized affair. Going for a
family photo shoot, believe it or not, can be fun for everyone. It tends to be the more natural and silly
photos that are the most special. So, when you book your family in for a photo shoot, simply be
prepared to let loose and be yourselves.
Here are some family photo shoot ideas to make sure that you make the most of your session and
come away with some images that will be plastered on practically every wall and passed down the
The first tip for making sure your family photo shoot is successful in capturing a variety of wonderful
photos is to think carefully about what you are all wearing. You may assume that professional
photographers want you to all wear matching or coordinating outfits, but actually, this could make the
images seem forced and unnatural.
It is definitely worth speaking to your photographer for advice, but opting for similar hues of colors
and avoiding harsh patterns is your best bet. Other than that, you should choose clothing that you feel
truly represents the character of you and your family. It’s no good dressing your kids up in smart suits
and dresses. When you walk past the images in your home, you want them to bring you joy and
remind you why your family is special, not to look like a different family altogether!
Plan what you would like images for
The second of these family photo shoot ideas is to make sure that you have a good idea in your head
of what the images taken may be used for.
Will it be a family Christmas card? Will it be sent around the grandparents? Will you be using a few
images as decor for your own home? Or perhaps all of the above? The purpose of your family
photo shoot may affect the types of shots that your photographer focuses on. There is no harm in
telling the photographer what kinds of images you are most interested in too - although, don’t go too
far and end up being one of those annoying pushy parents.
Depending on what you want to get out of your studio photography, this may also affect what you
wear and the time of year that you decide to book in for, so it’s definitely a useful thing to keep in
Make an effort
To continue these hopefully helpful family photo shoot ideas, it is important to really make an effort on
the day and prior to your session. You will have no doubt spent a significant amount of money on the
experience, so make the most of it!
In terms of preparation, there are a number of things to keep in mind, especially with little ones in the
picture. Get everyone in bed early the night before, make sure everyone is up and dressed with time to
spare and, last but not least, make sure no one goes into the photo shoot hungry. Taking snacks with
minimal potential for mess is a good idea, although food may not be allowed in the studio.
As well as getting your children looking respectable, why not take some time to make yourself feel
great too? The photos captured will last a lifetime, so you don’t want a bad hair day to get in the way!
Communicate with the photographer
Finally, to conclude these family photo shoot ideas, don’t be afraid to talk to your photographer! They
will more than likely have years of experience in how to make people feel comfortable in front of a
lens and capture unique images. However, there is no harm in telling them what you/your children
would enjoy or not enjoy to avoid any wasted time.