How do I prepare my kids for a family photo shoot?

Once you’ve booked your family photoshoot, the next thing to do is begin planning for the day. But if you’re wondering how to go about preparing for a family photoshoot then, don't worry, we've got you covered!

In this blog, we’ll be sharing some tips on how to prepare your kids (and the other half!) for a family photo shoot. We’re going to share with you our top tips on what to consider ahead of the photoshoot day and give you some advice around what to wear. 

As photographers, it's not just our job, it's our passion to capture those priceless family moments. Here's what you can do to prepare for family photos and to help ensure that the day goes smoothly.

Top tips on how to prepare for your family photoshoot

1. Plan your photoshoot outfits in advance

First, lay out your outfits the day before so you won’t have any last-minute outfit panics! Trust me, it's much easier to coordinate when you're not running around like a headless chicken!

2. Allow yourself plenty of time to get ready before the photoshoot

Next, give yourself plenty of time to get ready. No one wants to be stressed and rushed on such an important day. Take it slow, let the kids prepare at their own pace, and you'll be ready to shine.

In the end, these family photo shoots are all about preserving the memories that will warm your heart for years. So, let's make it a day to remember!

3. Plan your outfits

Finding the perfect outfits for your family photo session doesn't have to be a daunting task. It's not rocket science, after all! The key is to prioritize comfort and to wear clothes that you all feel comfortable in. 

What to wear to a family photoshoot

  • Keep it simple

If you and your little ones are wearing clothes that are too tight, too loose, or too fussy, it will show in the final pictures. So, let's keep it simple and cozy.

  • Coordinate your outfits

Another important consideration is coordination. You don't have to wear matching outfits, but it's nice to complement each other's styles. Choose colors that look fabulous together and try to avoid too many distracting patterns. If you're feeling unsure, don't worry! Your family photographer is here to help you select picture-perfect outfits.

  • Show off your personality through your clothing

Lastly, let's not forget the true purpose of the photo shoot: capturing beautiful memories of your family. So, have fun with your wardrobe choices and let your true selves shine through!

These photos will be treasured for years to come, so make sure you feel confident and comfortable in what you're wearing.

To sum it all up, there's no right or wrong answer when it comes to dressing up for a family photo shoot. As long as you feel great and comfortable, that's all that matters.

When you’re planning what to wear to a family photoshoot, just remember to coordinate with each other and think about how the outfits will look in the final frame.

What happens if the kids don’t play ball?

Among the things you may worry about as you prepare for a family photoshoot is whether your kids might misbehave. But, please don’t! We've dealt with it all over the years and know just how to handle it. With over a decade of experience working with kids of all ages, we've got plenty of tricks up our sleeve to capture those perfect moments.

If your little ones aren't cooperating, that's totally okay! Our approach to family photography is all about capturing the real, authentic moments that showcase your family's personality.So even if the kids aren't playing along, we can still create beautiful, meaningful images that you'll treasure forever.

As professional family photographers, we know exactly how to get even the most reluctant children to participate. With silly faces, games, and songs, we can keep them engaged and entertained throughout the shoot. And if we need to take a break, no problem! There's no need to stress or push your kids too far.

Ultimately, family photos are about capturing memories and cherishing the moments that matter most. So don't stress about your child's behaviour. Trust in our experience as family photographers, and we'll deliver stunning images that tell your family's story in the most beautiful way possible.

You see? Preparing for a family photoshoot can be easy!

It’s important to prepare for your family photoshoot experience. We hope that, with the help of these tips, you’re able to now plan and prep yourselves well.

Derby family photoshoots at Mackney Photography

We know that your family is constantly growing and changing, which is why we love to capture those special moments at every stage of your parenting journey.

Our family photoshoots are full of love, laughs and lots of snuggles – making sure that your precious memories are beautifully preserved forever.

Contact us about a family photoshoot today

Get in touch to either book a family photoshoot or to ask us any questions you might have about our family portrait sessions.

Even if you've been to us before, we'd love to see you again! Did you know that we've had the pleasure of welcoming hundreds of Derbyshire families over the years, and many of our lovely customers come back time and time again? We'd love to see you and your family soon!