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Surviving A Family Photoshoot | Houston Family Photographer

March 28, 2016

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Surviving a Family Photoshoot

How to make your next family photo session a stress free one.

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 and stress if not approached correctly…That’s no fun for anyone! There is usually a lot more to consider when it comes to a family photoshoot since there are members of all ages, which means that there is some extra coordination involved.

laughing family with two boys on stairs

Below are some family photoshoot ideas and tips to keep you and your loved ones calm and smiling the whole way through.

  1. Timing is everything. If you have younger children involved in the shoot, try and arrange the photoshoot at a time when they would be well rested. A rested child makes for happy photos. On that note, make sure that all family members have gotten enough sleep the night before as this helps with the fun and relaxation aspects of the session. adorable baby boy with red bow tie sitting in father's lap
  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 in the form of toys or small food items to make those difficult moments a little easier.  Houston Family Photographer captures family of three on carousel riding zebra
  3. Relinquish control. As much as you’ll want to direct your children on where to stand and how to pose, 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. parents lifting little boys in the air during Houston Family photo session
  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. Sugar Land mom getting hug from toddler boy
  5. 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. three beautiful curly haired sisters at Houston park
  6. 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. family of three with baby girl in the grass by the bank of the lake at sunset

Most importantly…HAVE FUN! Family portraits are about capturing the love and connection of the people that make you complete. Treasure your time together and love one another. Trust your photographer to capture the magic that makes your family unique.

little boy kissing baby sister on cheek

Fun family of five laughing during family photo shootfather and toddler son riding carouselAre you looking to update your family photos? Please visit my galleries for more family portraits in Houston.

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The Queen B Photography is a unique Houston family photographer serving Sugar Land, Rice Village, Bellaire, Meyerland, River Oaks, Rice Military, The Heights, Memorial, Sienna Plantation, First Colony, Richmond, Rosenberg, Riverstone, Telfair, New Territory and surrounding areas.

  1. Julie Livermore

    March 29th, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Great tips! Love all the photos you shared in this post, your sessions look really fun!

  2. Casey Rucinski

    March 29th, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Great advice! I always advise families to bring along a few snacks and the unposed photos are always a favorite!

  3. Sally Salerno

    March 30th, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Great tips! Love!!!

  4. Michael K ONeill

    March 30th, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Great advise. Love your photos

  5. Lauren Aubrey

    April 1st, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Wonderful advice for your clients or anyone considering booking a family portrait session!

  6. Jamie Golby

    April 4th, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    This is a great post! Super informative and your sessions look super fun!

  7. julie

    April 4th, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    GREAT tips!

  8. Jennifer

    April 4th, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    YES! This is a perfect list of to do’s! I will remember this for my next family session. I especially like your advice about Relinquishing control – it is so important for the best outcome.

  9. Kendra

    April 10th, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Love this list!!!! :)

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