Preparing for your family portrait session

How do I prepare for a family portrait session?

Many people ask this question and the first message that I try to put across is that it should be relaxed and fun. As well as getting some lovely images of you and your family, it is also a great opportunity for you and your loved ones to enjoy some time together.

What should I wear?

I don’t like to be too descriptive of what people should wear as it is important that people are themselves and feel comfortable. It’s easier if I make a couple of suggestions of what to try to avoid, if possible. Try to avoid tops with big slogans on as they can be distracting in the final images. Also, super high fashion looks may date quicker than a simpler outfit – I’m thinking back to the 90s when my preference would have been hipster jeans, crop t-shirt and a skater chain. Wouldn’t look so great on my living room wall now!

If you know you will be getting down on the floor with your children then you might not want to wear expensive clothes that may get dirty.

I feel totally awkward in front of a camera what should I do?

Don’t worry! It’s my job to put you at ease :) Some of the best photos are those where the family is not forcing a grin, staring in to the lens of my camera, but laughing, looking at each other, being themselves. We may do a few ‘posed’ shots but we will do these towards the end when everyone is relaxed and we will make it fun and easy. Everyone has an inner model and I will definitely bring it out of you by the end of the session!


Bring an activity – kids tend to be much more relaxed if they have something to do and it can really bring out a range of emotions and natural moments that look great in pictures. For example, a toddler gleefully chasing bubbles will look a lot better than a grumpy toddler who has been asked to sit cross legged on the grass after two hours of continuous posing!

We do try to make the session as fun as possible as hanging around for ages when you are three and want to go explore is no fun for anyone! Feel free to bring toys to keep kids entertained. Maybe your child has a favourite book or game, or even a bike? Bring it along!

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