For the first time in the three year's of my son's life, we had professional photos taken. I really didn't know what to expect because, well, one can never know what to expect, especially when a small child is involved. I did my fair share of searching Google and Pinterest before our photo shoot. One thing I know is that it's always a good idea to get tips and advice from other moms, so I have asked some of my mom blogger friends to share their best tips on how to take successful family photos.
I am also sharing two things that made our photo shoot a success. Make sure you scroll to the end!
"Bring a small favorite stuffed animal. Usually, the photographer is more than okay with holding it above their camera. It keeps the kids looking and the camera and if you pretend the toy is talking you can get some genuine smiles not forced ones." - Erin, Ma of All Trades
"Time the photoshoot around nap & meals. Full belly & bright-eyed child is better than the perfect sunset." - Stacey, Just Mommin Around
"You have to be flexible and ready for all kinds of disturbances. Just don’t start panicking if it’s not going according to your plans. That’s the beauty of family photos. They just don’t look good; they feel good when you see them. Unexpected and natural poses make the photographs more memorable." Fab Working Mom Life
"Pick the time carefully." - Carmen, A Side of Crunchy
"Think seasonally for outfits. I.e.: sweaty, hot kids in sweaters on a beach in 80-degree weather is a bad idea. I get that it’s a cute idea on Pinterest, but may not work out." Airin, Healthy Ai
"Color coordination can work out really well. Scope out the location beforehand." - Jennifer, Teach Workout Love
"Snacks for the kids as soon as a tantrum is about to start you can offer that and say “if we finish this photo you are going to get that special snack/treat”, it’s always worked for us! Also from experience, I try to get someone to help (so far it’s been my photographer who was kid friendly) but if I had my sister-in-law or husband with us it would have helped a ton to keep one kid distracted if you need to take photos with the other 1/2 kids. Or alone." - Afra, Through Mama's Eyes
2 Things That Made Our Photo Session Successful:
The timing was perfect.
I wanted a fall look for our outfits, so I asked the photographer if we could meet early before it got hot. We scheduled for 9 am which is about 3 hours after our normal wake up time. This was perfect for both of our moods because we weren't rushed, my son was able to eat, I spent time on my hair and makeup and we beat the heat. Plus, since we went early, we had the venue to ourselves for most of the shoot and limited distraction is helpful when working with a preschooler!
I trusted the photographer.
I really had no plans or ideas for our photo shoot, which might sound terrible, but it's really outside my area of expertise, so I fully relied on the expertise of our photographer. This allowed me to just enjoy making a memory with my son and letting the professional capture it.
About the Author
Hi! I'm Inez, the owner and content creator of For the Love of Mom, a website dedicated to helping moms thrive in motherhood by offering helpful advice, tips and resources.