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Updated: Jun 9, 2023

Capturing beautiful photos of your family is an investment in memories that will last a lifetime. However, planning and styling a family photography session can be overwhelming, especially if you're not sure where to start. In this blog post, we'll share some tips and tricks to help you plan and style your family photography session.

Choose Your Location

Choosing a location is the first step in planning your family photography session. You'll need to decide if you want to take photos in a studio or outdoors. If you choose to go outdoors, consider locations like a grassy meadow, a flower farm, or an urban setting, depending on the vibe you're going for. It's important to select a location that complements your family's style and personality, as well as goes with the style of your home decor. A good photographer can help you choose a location that will capture the essence of your family and create beautiful photos that you'll treasure for years to come.

Coordinate Outfits

The next step is to coordinate your family's outfits. Choose colors that complement each other and avoid patterns that are too busy. You don't want anyone to clash or stand out too much in the photos. Consider the location and season when choosing outfits. For example, if you're taking photos in the fall, you may want to choose warm, rich colors.

Bring Snacks and Drinks

Toddlers can get cranky quickly, especially if they're hungry or thirsty. Bring along some snacks and drinks to keep them happy and satisfied during the photoshoot. Make sure to choose snacks that aren't messy or sticky, so they don't ruin their outfits.

Plan for Breaks

Toddlers have short attention spans and can get easily bored, so plan for breaks during the photoshoot. Take a few minutes to let your toddler run around and play to release some energy. This will help them stay focused and engaged for longer periods of time.

Use Props and Toys

Using props and toys can help keep toddlers entertained and engaged during the photoshoot. Bring along their favorite toy or stuffed animal, or choose props that they will enjoy playing with. This can help distract them and keep them happy while you're taking photos.

Make it a Game

Toddlers love to play games, so make the photo shoot fun by turning it into a game. Play peek-a-boo, sing songs, or make silly faces to get them to smile and laugh. This will help them relax and enjoy the experience.

Be Patient and Flexible

Remember, children can be unpredictable, so be patient and flexible during the photo shoot. If they're not cooperating or getting fussy, take a small dance break or patty cake to get their minds off of their current mindset. They can feel your frustration, making the situation worse. Stay calm and relaxed, and your children will follow your lead.

Plan Ahead

Make sure to plan ahead for your family photography session. Communicate with your photographer about your vision and any specific shots you want to capture. Make sure your family is well-rested and fed before the session. Arrive early to your location and be prepared with any props or accessories you want to use.

Relax and Have Fun

Finally, remember to relax and have fun during your family photography session. The best photos are often candid shots that capture the fleeting moment's in your life. Don't stress about being perfectly posed or smiling for every photo. Enjoy the moment and let your photographer capture the beauty of your family.

In conclusion, planning and styling your family photography session can seem overwhelming, but with a little planning and preparation, it can be a fun and memorable experience. Remember to choose a location that is meaningful to your family, coordinate your outfits, consider props, plan, and most importantly, relax and have fun!

As your photographer, I'm here to help you with any questions you may have and provide additional tips and tricks for your family photography session. Our professional hair and makeup artist to help you look your best. Also, don't be afraid to be yourselves. And lastly, don't forget to print and display your beautiful photos in your home to enjoy for years to come. Let's get started on planning your perfect family photography session!

Please give Jojo Bee Photography a call today to book your flawless family photography session! 620-202-1429

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