5 tips on getting the most from your family photography photo shoot

SO – you’ve booked your family photography photo shoot, given the kids a lecture on how important it’ll be to smile, behave and not kick the photographer, checked the weather reports and now it’s just a matter of turning up and letting the photographer capture your little darlings in all their playful glory.

BUT – if you want to get the most out of the shoot and get the sort of images you’re going to be staring at lovingly for years to come there are a few things you can do to help it on its way….

Think about the colour scheme. Do you want it to be a matched affair with the whole family in the same colours or are you going for a more relaxed, outdoorsy feel? I love teaming spots, stripes and flowery fabrics as it give a more vintage look to the pics but those matching white t-shirt/denim jeans look is very popular too.

Are the clothes you’ve chosen clean and ironed? Dirty marks can of course be photo shopped but it’s always good to start off as clean and tidy as poss!

Is your family photography photo shoot booked for the most conducive time? Bear in mind the sleep times if you have younger children. For little ones who still nap once or twice a day it’s best to catch them at the beginning of their awake times as they’ll soon get irritable once the next nap is due and though sleeping shots are very cute they’re not really what you want in this instance!

Have you got the snacks!! There’s often nothing you can do once your little one has decided they don’t want to be there and even less if they decide to throw one of their tantrums. There’s nothing like delving into your bag in panic to find nothing there to help. Pack plenty of their favourite treats. Best to avoid anything THEY can hold as it’ll be difficult to get any pics without it bang in front of their face! Food that can be fed to them one small bit at a time by you is the best bet. Chocolate on a hot day could undo all your good work from no. 2 above!

Finally – wet weather gear! If it’s pouring down and it’s an outdoors shoot your photographer will more than likely postpone it. If, however it’s been raining or looks like it may start to rain half way through take the wellies! There’s nothing that can spoil the mood of the models like sliding around in your good shoes in the mud .

This all just leaves you to make sure the whole family has a good night’s sleep (not a given if you have little ones of course!). If they’re up all night don’t panic though – amazing how much kids actually do enjoy the whole experience and will rise to the challenge – before dropping off to give you the much needed break straight afterwards! Have a great shoot!!

Henrietta Garden is a professional photographer based in Crouch End, North London, creating beautiful and creative photography for actors, businesses, parties and families.