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Six Tricks

TO MAKE YOU FEEL CONFIDENT BEFORE A

family photoshoot

Whether you are thinking about booking a family photoshoot, or you have already booked in for one this year, read on to discover 6 tricks to make you feel confident before a family photoshoot.

1.  It’s not about capturing ThePerfect,

it’s about capturing The Now

 

You might well come up with a thousand excuses why you want to wait a bit before booking your session; you want to lose a bit of weight, want to wait for your child’s braces to come off, they’ve done something bizarre to their hair, you haven’t got the right clothes……but believe me, there is never a perfect time!  Just grab the now and roll with it. 

The memories we create will bring you so much joy in the years to come and you will never regret it.  I’ve never heard anyone say “I wish we hadn’t had that family photo shoot when the kid were small”!

“WE’RE SO PLEASED.
Georgina was absolutely fabulous with our girls and they thought the whole experience was such an adventure!
She captured so many beautiful moments & there were so many lovely photos we couldn’t choose between them & so chose to keep them all!
We will treasure the photos she took & can’t recommend her highly enough!”

Hazel Burbeck

2. Plan your family’s outfits well in advance

It might seem a simple thing, but throwing on any old thing on the morning of your shoot could leave you wishing you had spent a bit of time planning!  The difference between taking a quick phone snap at home and a professional photographer capturing wonderful memories for you, is the thought and preparation we put into your session in advance. 

So selecting outfits which look good together, colour choices which blend well and flatter as well as your style decisions will all help your final images to look great on the walls of your home for years and years. 

And don’t worry, I have a whole “Preparing for your photo shoot” guide to give you lots of advice about this!

large family group pose for a photo at Knole Park in Sevenoaks - they wear coordinated colours and smart outfits

RELATED READING:  On The Blog  “What Happens on a Family Photoshoot?”

3.  Give yourself plenty of time to do your hair (and make-up) and get everyone ready

 

Whether you’re having a morning or afternoon/evening session, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get yourself and everyone ready.  You’ll find there’s nothing worse than rushing out of the house if you’re running late for a shoot and forgetting something or simply feeling stressed because you didn’t have enough time. 

So, however long you think it might take, give yourself a good extra 15 minutes to make sure the kids hair is brushed, their clothes are clean, everyone has had a wee and you’ll all be relaxed and happy as you head out of the door!

large family group pose for a photo at Knole Park in Sevenoaks - they wear coordinated colours and smart outfits

 4.  Let the kids know exactly what is going on

 

It might be tempting not t0 let the kids know what you’re about to do – in case they are nervous, or they might not like the idea.  But I have found that surprising children with a photoshoot can sometimes be a bit of a shock! 

So make sure they know days (if not weeks) in advance what is going to happen.  Tell them where we’ll be doing the shoot, what they might be expected to do.  If they are nervous (and even if they aren’t!), you are most welcome to bring a cuddly teddy/soft toy along, or a ‘blanky’ or special thing which will help ease any nervousness. 

Even the older ones – who might potentially think it’s ‘too cool for school’ to have a photo shoot – will usually warm to the idea if they have enough advance notice!

large family group pose for a photo at Knole Park in Sevenoaks - they wear coordinated colours and smart outfits

 5.  Don’t worry about whether the kids are going to behave

 

It is such a common worry for parents that the kids won’t play ball on their shoot. 

Whilst I do always try and get at least one ‘posed’ family shot of everyone together, there is plenty of scope for lots of lovely natural moments in unposed situations if your kids are in the mood for mucking about!  Seriously, you absolutely DON’T need to worry about it! 

Take a back seat on the parenting for an hour or two and let me do the kiddy-wrangling!

large family group pose for a photo at Knole Park in Sevenoaks - they wear coordinated colours and smart outfits

RELATED READING:  On The Blog     “What If My Kids Misbehave?”

 6.  Make sure the kids are fed and watered – and don’t feel guilty about resorting to bribery!

 

Bribery is an oft-used trick during photoshoots if some of the party need some encouragement to enjoy themselves!  

I will always have a stash of haribo with me, but things like grapes or non-juicy fruit are really helpful as well.  I advise to steer clear of biscuits – because they leave crumbs – and chocolate – because it melts and makes a mess! 

But if the kids have had a good snack before or on the way to the shoot, and they have access to a drink, they can’t complain they’re hungry or thirsty and hopefully we should be able to get through the session without anyone getting hangry!! 

If we do need to resort to bribery, I find it’s helpful to promise it at the END of the session rather than during – however, if that still doesn’t work, I can whip out small treats to incentivise some of the smaller people to cheer up!!

large family group pose for a photo at Knole Park in Sevenoaks - they wear coordinated colours and smart outfits

And there you have it, Six Tricks to Make You Feel Confident Before Your Family Photoshoot!

I’m a firm believer in preparation being the key to success.  So give yourself plenty of time, plus contingency – and you’ll be winning!

large family group pose for a photo at Knole Park in Sevenoaks - they wear coordinated colours and smart outfits

THE PROCESS WAS A JOY FROM START TO END!

Our family photo shoot at home with Georgina was such fun.  All the kids and animals engaged and enjoyed it ..and we now have a lovely pile of gorgeous photos to get up on the wall!

Sarah MacKenzie