Family & Friends photo-shoot tips

Family Portraiture Tips

Family Photo-shoots are such fun!
And they produce images
that will be treasured for generations.
Here’s some tips to help you get the best from your shoot:


Arrive  on-time, ready and relaxed:

Allow plenty of time to get everyone ready
and to travel to your photo-shoot. 
Arriving late cuts into your valuable shooting time
meaning missed images,
and arriving frazzled means grumpy kids and unhappy faces!

Talk with me about balancing the right time of day for
the best lighting, and the needs and routines of your children.
Let's find a time to get the best of everything!

Carefully consider your clothing choice.
  • Avoid printed tees, labels and bold colours.
  • Simple is best.
  • Unless you're an avid gym-bunny, it's best to cover shoulders as the camera can make this area more chunky than real-life.
  • Unless you specifically want your photos to show the era in which they were made, avoid obvious fashion styles.
  • My personal favourite is to have everyone in a plain pastel shirt and jeans.  That way, the images become about YOU and not your clothing!

Think about places and spaces that have meaning to your family.
  • Maybe you’d like to have your shoot at your family home.
  • Perhaps Rabbit Island is where you love to play.
  • Do you regularly run through Isel Park and have a warm affinity with that spot?
  • Other great places for family portraits include: Tahuna Back Beach, Washborne Gardens, Monaco Pier, or one of our gorgeous rivers.

Pack a picnic:
  • Pack plenty of water, and drink it to avoid dehydration.
  • Snack food is important if you have ‘little ones’.
  • Make it something bite-sized, and quick and easy to handle.
  • A family photo-shoot is a time when bribing kids, to aid co-operation, is acceptable!  But have fun with it – keep it positive!   Maybe we can play (your family name)’s Next Top Model with a block of chocolate for the shot of the day!
  • If it's taken a bit of effort to gather your family, and given that you're all dressed and gorgeous, why not plan a meal out together after your shoot - it's a lovely way to finish the day!

Leave your camera at home:

You'll receive the digital negatives of your shoot within days of it, so there's no need to duplicate things by having your own camera with you. 
Not only is it a hassle to look after, but it's hugely distracting for the people being photographed.
Large groups tend to have half the people looking at me, and the other half looking at 'Uncle Bob' and his camera, rendering both our images useless!

Consider if any of the following suggestions are relevant to you, and pack the appropriate props:
  • Growing up, was there an ‘iconic family portrait' that forever graced the mantle? If so, let’s do a modern version of the same pose so you can place the two photos side by side!
  • Would it be fun to bring your favourite wedding photo and copy the pose in it?
  • If you have young children, pack their current special teddy or favourite toy.
  • Bring anything that helps tell your story. Maybe it’s a rugby ball to toss around. Perhaps you’d like to sit on a sand dune playing your guitar. Maybe tucking your motorbike helmet under your arm will tell us about you. Have a think about what personifies your family or defines each family member. Whatever it is, let's make your family photography especially relevant and fun!
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