Make your next family session a stress free one

February 7, 2020

How To Prepare For Next Family Photo Session 
Family photos are truly timeless and such 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 a lot to consider when it comes to a family photoshoot. You have members of all ages, so there is some extra coordination involved.


1) Timing is everything. When there are younger children involved in the shoot, make sure they will be well rested. A rested child makes for happy photos. On that note, all family members should get enough sleep the night before. This helps with the fun and relaxation aspects of the session.

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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. Try toys or small food items to make those difficult moments a little easier.


3) Relinquish control. As much as you’ll want to direct your children on where to stand and how to pose and to “smile”, it’s best to leave that to the photographer as they know what works best. Not having this pressure will also make you feel more relaxed and leave your children with natural smiles versus forced ones.

4) It’s not just about the posing. The best photos happen when you’re having fun so joke and play with your children. Hold your partner’s hand and just let the moments happen. Personally, I think it is best to find a photographer that goes more for the ‘unposed’ look, directing your family rather than posing them.


5) Find the right photographer. Make sure you have chosen a photographer that works well with children and families. Not all photographers have a passion for the same portrait types, and if they are passionate about what they are shooting you know it will be a fun and beautiful experience.

6) 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. Most photographers will already have a flow for these sessions, but it must easier for them when they know ahead of time your must have shots so you aren’t left the day of the session without enough time.

7) 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.


8) Don’t overthink your outfits.  Nothing looks as good as someone who is genuinely having a good time so get yourself in the spirit and don’t let your husband stress you out .  When in doubt about what to wear, contact your photographer , that’s what they’re there for.

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Genevieve DeVries is an on-site, professional photographer.  Based in Plymouth, Michigan, I serve southeast Michigan and the greater Wayne County, Washtenaw County and Oakland County areas, including Plymouth, Canton, Livonia, Westland, Northville, Novi, Farmington/Farmington Hills, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Belleville, Whitmore Lake, Saline, Dexter, Salem, South Lyon, Wayne, Garden City, New Hudson, Wixom, Walled Lake, Brighton, Milford, Southfield, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, and beyond .