How to Capture Timeless Photos, Every Time

Family photoshoots are a fantastic way to freeze precious moments in time, creating lasting memories that you and your loved ones can cherish for generations. Whether it's an annual tradition or a special occasion, maximizing the potential of your family photoshoot ensures you'll have a collection of beautiful, heartwarming images to look back on. To help you make the most out of your family photoshoot, I've put together a list of tips and tricks to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience - for everyone!

Plan Ahead

When it comes to selecting a date, time, and location, it's important to choose what works best for your family's schedule and preferences. Avoid mealtimes, nap times, and having to rush to the location from other commitments. While I can recommend the ideal times for lighting and locations, it's ultimately going to depend on what your family's schedule looks like to determine the best time to shoot. Early planning helps reduce stress on the day of the shoot and helps keep it as enjoyable as can be.

Coordinate Outfits, But Keep It Natural

Matching outfits can be cute, but they're not necessary - and often won't photograph well. Choose a color palette that complements each other without being too matchy-matchy. Comfort is key, so make sure everyone feels good in their chosen attire. Avoid logos or overly busy patterns that can be distracting in photos. I have a full styling guide that I can share, and am ALWAYS happy to give recommendations or feedback while you're planning wardrobe. I do have a small client closet available as well.

Embrace Candid Moments

While posed family portraits (what I often refer to as the "Christmas Card" poses) are essential, some of the most cherished shots come from candid, unscripted moments. Encourage your family members to interact naturally, share laughter, and engage with each other. These authentic moments often capture the true spirit of your family. I'll provide lots of prompts that create real moments together, creating opportunities for lots of snuggly, natural, and silly candids.

Keep Kids Engaged

Photographing kiddos' personalities can be challenging, but it's also an opportunity to capture their infectious energy and curiosity. Bring along their favorite toys or snacks to keep them engaged during the shoot. Be patient and allow them to express themselves naturally - no one has fun when it's constant tears or scolding. If the little ones (or teens) need an extra minute to relax, a bribe to sweeten the deal, or just want to have some creative input... that's absolutely fine! There's no rush or judgement here.

Relax and Be Yourselves

It's natural to feel a bit nervous in front of the camera, but try to relax and be yourselves. I will always encourage you to interact naturally, and don't worry too much about perfection. The best photos often come from genuine, unguarded moments. If you're nervous or it's been awhile since you last had photos, we can easily dedicate a bit more time to getting everyone warmed up. We can always throw on some music, shake it out, and go from there. Even though it might feel strange to be in front of the camera, the session is about you connecting with your family and creating new memories together. I'll focus on the hard stuff!

Display the Memories

Once you receive your photos, take the time to select your favorites and consider creating physical prints or albums. Displaying these photos in your home not only adds a personal touch to your decor but also serves as a daily reminder of the love and connection within your family. I love designing albums and keepsakes that you can not only proudly display now, but that generations to come can look back on and cherish.

By planning ahead, embracing authenticity, and trusting your photographer, you will absolutely make the most of your session. Remember, it's not just about the pictures; it's about the laughter, love, and connection that shine through in each frame.