How to prepare for your Family Portraits

Below are a few tips to help you get the most out of your family session.

If you like most parents are stressing about how on earth your kids are going to manage and ‘behave’ for a photo session, I’ve got some advice for you!

It’s not lost on me at all how tricky this little people can be especially at the end of the day.There are certainly a few things we can do to help your session run smoother.


As a family photographer, please believe me when I say I am never bothered by kids behaviour during a photoshoot. I've seen it all. Some are boisterous and energetic, some are timid and shy. Some are a little bit of both! But my shoots are very relaxed and stress fee and whilst I'll try and get a few shots of you all looking-and-smiling-at-the camera, my main goal is to capture the little moments in between. The quiet moments, the real smiles, the cuddles and tickles in between. Your family, just they way you are.

Well fed and rested:

What I mean by this is give your children their day naps prior to the session or have a quieter afternoon so they are not too tired when the session time rolls around.

Full bellies = happy kids so give them a snack before the session and bring along some snacks for the car ride home. I suggest to bring 'clean' snacks such as crackers, nothing that will make on mess on their outfits.


If your child is prone to getting dirty even in the car, perhaps dress him/her in everyday clothes and get them dressed at the location. Just allow a bit of extra time before the session to get changed. It's always a good idea to have an extra outfit or shirt as well, just in case!

Try not to say Cheese:

Often parents coach their little ones before the session to smile 'cheese'. This creates forced unnatural smiles when we want real, natural smiles not forced cheesy grins. Plus I find that when mum and dad are super focused on getting the kids to look at my camera, I end up with a camera full of photos of parents pointing at me! I will engage with your child and ask them questions to get the natural smiles you are so used to seeing. Often we engage Dad to do a silly dance behind me, kids love seeing their parents be silly.


Hey I'm all for bribes but it also depends on the child. Sometimes it can backfire and the child will often ask for that chocolate bar he saw you hide in your purse multiple times throughout the session. Perhaps have something fun planned for after the session or a reward can be a better option. Maybe a trip to the park afterwards, or a quick play a Macca's playground on the way home, whatever you know your child will like. But if your child is food driven (and a lot are) if you think a little treat will help, by all means bring it, and we can use it only if necessary.

Don't stress Mumma:

I know as a Mum you are probably the one organising this photoshoot, and I want you to enjoy this experience. It’s not meant to be about perfection because life with kid’s never is. It’s fun, busy and chaotic and exhausting! I want you to play with your children and have fun with them and let me capture these moments.

Then once we are done, maybe make a evening of it, a lot of my clients head out for a family dinner afterwards.

Please if you have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate to let me know prior to your session.

'The greatest legacy we can leave our children

is happy memories'