Plan Ahead

Planning is the key to a successful family photo session. Start by choosing a date and time that works best for your family, considering factors like nap times for young children and optimal lighting conditions. When selecting a location, your photographer will have recommendations for locations that will help achieve your vision for your photos. Also, think about places that hold special meaning to your family or offer a beautiful backdrop for your photos–even your own home. Coordinate outfits that complement each other without being too matchy-matchy, opting for colors and styles that reflect your family's personality. Throughout your planning, communication with your photographer is essential, so don't hesitate to share your vision and any specific requests you may have.

Keep it Fun and Natural

During your session, focus on enjoying each other's company and let your natural interactions shine through. Spend your time in ways that bring out genuine smiles and laughter, whether that's playing games, chatting together, or exchanging hugs. Embrace the joy of being with your family and let your personalities come through in your photos.

Be Flexible and Patient

Don’t think twice if your littles’ patience start to devolve into grumpiness or even a meltdown. If a small someone refuses to smile or doesn’t want to follow prompts, that’s no trouble! It's important to go with the flow and remain patient throughout the session. Family photographers are experienced in working with families of all ages and understand the importance of patience and understanding. They’ll do what we can to help you relax and enjoy the experience, knowing how to capture every precious moment.

Trust Your Photographer

Trusting your photographer is essential to a successful session, so don't be afraid to communicate openly and share your ideas and concerns both before your session and during. This helps your photographer understand your vision and ensure that every shot reflects the unique personality of your family. Relax and enjoy the process, knowing that you're in capable hands and that your photographer is dedicated to creating beautiful memories that you'll treasure for years to come.

Enjoy the Moment

Above all, remember to enjoy the moment and cherish this time with your family. Family photo sessions are about more than just capturing perfect poses – they're about celebrating the love and connection that binds your family together. Embrace the imperfections and quirks that make your family special, and allow yourselves to be fully present in the moment. 

At Candid House, we're passionate about capturing the magic in your memories, and our family photo sessions are designed to be stress-free and enjoyable for everyone involved. By following these five simple tips, your family photo session will be a truly memorable experience. We can't wait to create beautiful memories with you and your family. Let's capture the magic together!