Newborn session at Mint Room Studios – Toronto Photographer

October 12, 2022

How to Prepare for a Family Photo Session

You’ve booked your family photo session, and are looking forward to having your family photos taken. To make sure your session is fun, and worry free, I’ve listed some tips for preparing the family. Whether you are worried about kids ‘behaving’ or your husband ‘enjoying’ the session, I want to ensure that it goes smoothly for all involved.

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1. Don’t need to say cheese to the camera

You don’t need to look at the camera if you don’t want to. Children have a short attention span and don’t have the patience to keep posing for an entire hour. They like to giggle, move around, and play. That’s what you’ll be doing. Think about an activity that you enjoy as a family. It could be playing catch, singing, reading, or tickling and making each other laugh. When kids know they don’t have to pose for the camera, they feel a lot more comfortable and can be themselves. If all fails, just look at each other and smile. Feel relaxed, and don’t think too much of it. I’m here to guide you throughout the session. 

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2. Prepare your outfits in advance

It’s important to feel comfortable in your clothes. I encourage families to ditch the matching shirts and jeans. Opt for neutral, earthy colours. Mother’s outfit is usually what will determine the colour palate. Start with the main outfit, and match the rest of the outfits with tones that compliment each other. Loose flowy dresses are preferable for girls. Don’t wear tight clothes that restrict movement. You should be able to sit down easily. Avoid wearing prints, or logos on outfits as well. 

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3. Let your Photographer know if there are any special requests 

There could be a specific item, a keepsake or a special accessory you want captured. Let me know about any props you would like to use. Think about any specific photo you want taken and let me know about it before or during the session. 

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4. Get a good night’s rest, and eat well before your session

Being hangry is a real thing. We don’t want kids (or the parents) to be tired, hungry, and winy during the session. Ensure everyone has a good rest, and a meal before the session. Bring snacks and drinks in case anyone needs a pick me up. 

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5. Relax, and enjoy your time with your family

You’re going to have ever-lasting memories from this day. You’ll look back at the beautiful photos you get, and remember this time forever. That’s why it’s important to actually enjoy it. Don’t worry about kids behaving, or husband smiling. Just relax, go with the flow, and trust your Photographer. 

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We hope this blog comes in handy for you and clears all the confusion about how to choose a newborn photographer. Make sure to consider the tips mentioned above the next time you’re picking up a newborn photographer!

It is highly recommended to make a tentative booking around your estimated due date, at least 3-4 months in advance of your due date. Once your baby is born, you can contact me and we will arrange a suitable time and day for your session.  If your little one has already arrived, don’t worry, you’re not too late! Please contact me as soon as possible and I can try to schedule you in. 

I’d like to think that choosing us here at Anchor Studio Photography makes you feel that you’ll have such a great time with me and that we’ll get to capture the memories of your family as they grow in the years to come. If you want to find out more about our sessionspackages and pricing, just click here to visit our website.

Here are more blog posts in different locations in Toronto both in-studio as well as in clients for in-home sessions showing why you should hire a photographer to capture your beautiful family.

Newborn photo shoot in The Solarium Studio

In-home newborn lifestyle photo shoot

Newborn in-home lifestyle photo shoot

Newborn photo shoot with sibling at Mint Room Studios

Newborn session with older sibling at Preto Loft


There are a few ways you can book. You can book right online using this tab which leads you to my online booking calendar. However, not all available dates are on that calendar so if you need a different date, send me an email! You can reach me at hello@anchorstudio.ca

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 2023, so don’t hesitate to get in touch soon!

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