5 Tips for a Stress-Free Family Photo Session

March 31, 2022

Family photo sessions provide a great opportunity to capture the loving bond you have with your family members. Moreover, these portraits are fun to share with friends while serving as treasured keepsakes.

However, having a stress-free family photo session is easier said than done. These photo sessions come with some challenges. 

In this blog, you’ll learn five tips to take your family photo session to the next level.

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5 Tips for a Stress-Free Family Photo Session

Here are five tips for a stress-free family photo session:

  1. Have a Plan

It’s always great to have a proper plan before a family photo session. Make sure you choose a time that is suitable for every family member. In addition, ask everyone to clear their schedules to avoid any clashes and delays. 

One thing to note is rushing to your photoshoot won’t get you the best results. On top of that, make sure you let everyone know what to expect at the photo session.

In addition, choose your family’s wardrobe (theme) beforehand to ensure everyone wears complementary colours.  

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  1. Choose a Fun Location

If you plan on doing a family photo session outdoors, choosing a fun location is vital. You can pick a new and exciting place; however, it has to be a location that looks stunning but also doesn’t have too many distractions (there’ll be children involved, after all).

Also, you can pick a location you and your family members are more familiar with. To give you an idea of what you can do, try your own backyard or a favorite park.  

Keep your kids’ moods and personalities in mind so you can pick a location that will make them feel more comfortable. 

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  1. Let the Kids be Kids

Make sure you don’t have unrealistic expectations of the family photo session. If you have young children in your family, it can be challenging to make them sit still for photos. 

Don’t stress too much about it. Let your kids relax, make them feel comfortable, and enjoy the moment. 

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  1. Eat Before the Photo Session

Hungry people can be difficult to deal with during a photo session. Ensure everyone has eaten well before getting to the photo session to avoid such issues. Even some snacks will do nicely. In addition, if you have young children, make sure you feed them before departing for the photoshoot.

Keeping some water on hand during the photo session can also be handy if someone gets thirsty. However, it’s not the best idea to eat during the photo session – after all, you don’t want stains on your outfits. 

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  1. Make it Personal, Not Perfect

One of the best ways to ensure your family photo session goes smoothly is to make it personal instead of perfect.

It’s no secret that everyone loves a flawless result for a family photo session. However, sometimes, candid moments add more value to your photos than typically formal ones.  

Try incorporating an activity your family members love doing together. You can also choose a special family tradition to make your photoshoot unforgettable. 

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Here are more blog posts in different locations in Toronto both outdoors and in-studio showing why you should hire a photographer to capture your beautiful family.

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Final Words

Family photo sessions are a great way of making unforgettable memories with your loved ones to cherish forever. They are fun; however, it’s not always easy to capture Insta-worthy family photos. The tips mentioned above will ensure your family photo session goes flawless.


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Anchor Studio Photography specializes providing a full service experience that starts with booking your session and ends with getting beautiful tangible heirloom products being displayed in your home. My style of soft, candid and timeless photos can be seen in all my maternitynewbornchild and family portraits in Greater Toronto Area, including Oakville, Mississauga, North York and Richmond Hill. If you are interested in booking a portrait session for your family, you can click here to book your session. I am now booking sessions for summer 2022, so don’t hesitate to get in touch soon!

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