Client Lounge: Prepare

Preparation is key to a great session!

As a mom of two, I know what it feels like to get ready for family photos.

For many, the stress of family pictures and films comes from a combination of high expectations, anticipation of being center stage, and concern that the kids won’t cooperate, or even that the adults won’t do it “right.” Or maybe the thought of getting photos feels awkward for you. The best thing parents can do is simply enjoy this dedicated family time.


I’m sharing my best tips to help you get the most out of your photo session and truly enjoy the experience. I want you to feel prepared, enjoy yourself and love your photos. Here are some tips on how to prepare in the days leading up to your session:

Do a trial run in the days before the session.

Make sure little ones are comfortable and clothes fit properly to save headaches on the big day.

Prioritize naps the day of the session.

Having a well-rested little one can makeall the difference for a great session. Plan to prioritize naps for the day of the session.

Make sure everyone has full bellies.

We don’t want anyone to be hangry – this includes the adults! Also consider planning a fun activity or treat for the family to share after pictures are done.

Get everyone excited in advance.

Prepare little ones by explaining that you will be playing together while having photos done. Get them excited to be a “model” or whatever would keep them interested! If they are shy, it’s a good idea to show them my picture so they are familiar on the day of the shoot. For older kids, share the day’s full plan with them and explain how important these photos are to you. 

Relax and let me do the work.

No matter what comes up, give yourselves grace and flexibility. A relaxed parent can help set the tone for a great session. Even when days don’t go as planned, I am likely capturing glances and smiles you aren’t even seeing.

Review my portfolio together.

Get an idea of what to expect and notice many of my photos are candid. You do not always need to look at the camera. In fact, most of the time, I prefer you not to! I will let you know when we are ready for a “smiling at the camera” shot!

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