If you love family photos, but just don’t love convincing your significant other to be enthusiastic about them or
worrying about the behavior of your kids, relax! Look forward to a stress-free family photo session with these 4 tips!
I’ve taken thousands of family photos since Sheena Magnesen Photography first became a business. Family portraits
are immensely important to many, many people – whether to record milestones and family growth or for the perfect
annual holiday card photo. While booking a family photo session each year may be a priority, sometimes the perceived
hassle of the investment can lead to nervousness and … let’s face it … a bit of dread. Today I want to share some advice
on making your family photo session enjoyable – I promise it’s possible!
This is one of the main keys to stress-free family portraits. Where is your location? How long will it take
you to get there? Work with your photographer to select a location that isn’t too far from home (many photographers,
including myself, will come to your home!) and fits your family’s lifestyle. Schedule your session at a time when
everyone is at their best (read: full bellies, not at nap time, etc.). Be realistic! If you have certain expectations, share
them with your family and your photographer. If you have older kids, let them know about how long the session will
be. If you have younger kids, be flexible and make sure the time commitment is age-appropriate for them.
Forget about getting the perfect shot; let your photographer worry about that. Make this experience
about each other, togetherness, and the memories these images will bring back to you years from now. Enjoy your
(relatively) uninterrupted time together as a family. Relax! The picture that ends up being your favorite may not be the
one you have in your mind at the time. Have fun during your session and your photos will reflect that fun. Remember,
if you’re relaxed, your family will be relaxed.
To receive your best family photos, you’re going to need to make sure that the photographer you’re
working with fits your family’s style. Of course I’d like that to be me, but if it isn’t
that’s ok. If you like posed photos, your photographer’s portfolio should reflect that. You can find a photographer
to shoot any type of style, really, and the result will be your ideal photos of your family. It’s also nice to get familiar
with your photographer before the shoot in order to ensure your expectations are in-line with your booked session.
It’s very important to know your style before booking your session; every photographer worth
their salt wants you to love your images!
Believe it or not, we photographers know that having your picture taken can feel like a lot of work.
Work with your photographer to keep your session within a predetermined timeframe. This can be extremely helpful
when it comes to the cooperation of your children (and maybe spouse!). Make the most of your time and ask your
photographer if you can also take this opportunity to capture a few photos of just mom and dad, too – your kids will
treasure these snapshots, as will you.
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