5 Tips to Ensure a Successful family Photo Session

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March 9, 2017 by chelsielopez

Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday.

Your session will likely include a mixture of both lifestyle and posed images. Variety and options are your (and my) friend! Here are some things to consider as you prepare for your session.

1.Schedule thoughtfully. Schedule your session at the time of day your child(ren) is happiest; ideally with full tummies 🙂 If the time of day isn’t near a meal time, a solid healthy snack right before we begin is a great plan… a few snacks for during the shoot might not be a bad idea either! Happy kids = great family photos.

2. What to wear. When you envision your family photos, do you see neutral colors? brights? darks? This doesn’t need to be too complicated, you want to look like yourselves after all.
DON’T dress “matchy-matchy”


DO choose colors that complement each other well.

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DON’T be a billboard. No shirts with sayings/large logos.
Do choose simple prints or solid colors that “go” well together.

Feel free to have a couple options if you’d like some help making decisions before we get started.

3. Parents, don’t “try.” This one is hard, but if possible, please refrain from “trying” to get your child(ren) to look at the camera and smile. Let the photographer establish a connection with your child(ren) and smile/laugh naturally. Sometimes really fun photos are made when a child isn’t looking directly at the camera.  If you have tips, favorite songs/toys, etc. definitely share that with the photographer up front (if possible) but try to smile and pose yourself as much as possible so when that perfect smile/laugh comes from the child(ren) the adults are already ready.

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4. Parents, plan to be cheerful. Please plan ahead to participate with a positive demeanor. The family photo session isn’t always everyone’s favorite thing to do, but I suggest going into it cheerfully. Not only will that allow for great pictures faster, your energy will affect the whole family, the more you lead with a “this is so much fun!” attitude, the better it will be all-around.  Family photos really are important, and even though we all have cameras at our fingertips these days, great family photos are cherished for many years to come.

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5. Be real. What makes your family unique? Are there silly songs you sing together? Games you play? Does daddy always tickle baby’s toes? Think ahead of some of these fun little things that are daily sweet things you’ll want to remember about this particular stage of life. Maybe it’s a book you read every night? Have some of those things ready. The best images are often candid, where human interaction and happiness is caught on camera. Engage with your family as much as possible, let’s make the session a fun time for us all, and happy, magical photos will certainly follow.

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My job as your family photographer is a service to you and an honor for me. I sincerely look forward to capturing beautiful memories with you that will be cherished for years to come.

See you soon,

Chelsie Lopez

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