How to Make A Photographer’s Job Easier During A Family Photo Shoot 

You have loved the cards your best friend sends all the way from her home in New York every year!

They are family photographs shot by a professional photographer in matching dresses like the ones Kate Middleton shares. Last year before Halloween, she dressed her two boys in fall colors and had family photographs taken at a Pumpkin Patch.

Well, this year, you have finally booked a session with a professional photographer for a family photoshoot. 

In fact, it was long overdue.

You have chosen the perfect spot and picked a time when the natural light is best. And now you are determined to make sure everything goes smoothly.

But you know, five minutes in, your 2-year-old will throw a fit because she wants to play in the dirt, and your 5-year-old will refuse to smile.

You want to help the photographer capture the best version of your happy little family.

Here we have a few simple tips on how you can help the photographer and, in turn, have them capture beautiful shots of your family.

 1. Have a spare change of clothes:

Stains and accidents happen. So for the kids, throw in an extra pair of dresses and a change of clothes while sticking to the theme.

 Even keep an extra change of clothes for yourself and your husband-  just in case.


2. Get the children excited about it

 Prep the kids beforehand and introduce them to the photographer. Show a few other family portraits to help them develop their idea of a photo session.

 3. Keep snacks that are clean

If you are doing the family photoshoot at a location that requires a bit of a drive, the kids will need snacks and are bound to get hungry. Keep snacks that are clean and won’t leave sticky fingers or stains.    

4. Make the family photography session fun!

It can be easy to get frustrated when you have a goal in mind and if it is not being met. Go for a family photoshoot with an open mind and have fun while you’re there. One of the kids may fall asleep, or you might get frustrated or irritated because something wasn’t going to plan.

What will happen is that your frustration will show in the pictures your photographer takes.

Nothing beats a good natural photograph and a genuinely happy smile that comes from within.

And that is exactly what professional photographers like to work with. The real emotions that they see in families as they play together: The joy in the eyes of a child when he looks at his parents. The love a father has in his eyes for his wife and child.

 At Lily Hayes, we love capturing these precious moments. This is why we encourage parents to dress their children in comfortable clothing, be relaxed, and most importantly, enjoy the process.

You can view our portfolios and the beautiful families we have worked with here. For a stress-free family photography session, contact Lily Hayes at Lily Hayes photography.


Documenting my own children's lives and they're organic way of being day after day, did I truly understand how PRICELESS photographs were. How much I wanted to spend every waking moment documenting their everyday life, before it too, became a faded memory. Soon after that it became an obsession to capture your very own life, and the life you love! :)


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