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How To Survive A Family Session | Family Photographer

As a family photographer, it's our job to create images that are truly timeless and 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 is some extra coordination involved.


Winter family maternity session

We've put together a list of ideas for your family photoshoot to help 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 a smoother photoshoot which also means happy pictures. 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

Get your family excited about the photoshoot instead of offering a reward in return for their cooperation. This 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. When you leave the gifts up to the photographer, it gives us the control, which, as we all know, usually goes over better with kids.



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. We know that this can also cause stress for you when you aren't in control of your own kids, but when the photographer is in control of the family photoshoot, things just tend to go more smoothly.


4. It’s not just about the posing

Some of the best family pictures are when you aren't posed and aren't trying. Have fun, joke with your kids, hold your partner's hand and just let the moments happen as they do.


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. For this winter family session, we took a break in the car to warm up, hydrate and get snacks for those that needed it.



Enjoy capturing your memories.

Nicer weather is here and it's a wonderful time to capture some family memories. AFH Media, LLC is happy to make capturing family memories fun!