Rock Your Session!

  1. Have your clothing chosen way in advance and make sure that your outfit choices are comfortable and attractive

    • What do your dream family photos look like?  If they are soft and elegant then chose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics…. think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeals, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues. 

    • Want to showcase the fun and spunky side of your family?  Choose coordinating colors (but not matchy, matchy) with bold accent colors, such as hues of gray with yellow or bright red accents. 

    • Adding fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, etc. can add a modern twist and sassy flair to your images.

      • Side note: I’m all for theme sessions

  2. ​Make sure everyone is well rested and fed

    • The best time for lighting is the two hours before sunset and after sunrise.  If this is a bad time for your children, let’s talk.  Good photographers will be able to shoot at any time of day by utilizing areas of open shade that will give your skin a beautiful hue and put a sparkle in your eyes. 

    • Don’t show up to a photo shoot on an empty stomach.  I meet many families who come to a photo session with dinner scheduled at the end.  If this is your plan, be sure to give everyone a healthy snack before the photo shoot.

  3. Give you and your family plenty of time prior to your session to get ready

    • Moms are often rushing around before a photo shoot, making sure that their family is dressed and ready.  I always encourage mothers to have their hair and makeup professionally done.  This will prepare mom for her pictures and when mom is feeling pretty and confident, this will reflect on the rest of the family as well.  I can recommend some fantastic artists. 

    • Leave plenty of time for showers, baths, dressing, and grooming.  When a family shows up to a family photo session rushed and disorganized, it sets the tone for a rushed and disorganized session.  Give yourself extra time so that you are ready before it’s time to head out that door.

  4. Leave the cheese at home

    • So many times I have found parents trying to lead the session by saying, “Say cheese to the lady kids!” Parents, this is your time to relax a little and let me work my posing mojo. You hired me to capture natural moments and laughs from your family. Step back, and allow me to naturally interact and talk with your children.  This will result in natural, gorgeous smiles. 

  5. HAVE FUN!

    • Don’t be afraid to pick up your children and toss them up.  Play with them. Give your significant other a sweet kiss on the check.  Tell them how much you love them and appreciate them for being there for your family.  Have fun.  Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Embrace.  Kiss.  Snuggle.  Play.  Doing these things will allow me to capture the emotion and true beauty of your family.  Leave the stiff “cheese” faces for Grandma at the next family gathering.

  6. Don’t focus on my camera unless I tell you to.

    • The best photographs are often the ones where everyone is engaged or interacting with each other.  Understand that not every picture needs to have everyone looking at the camera and smiling at the same time.  If you are engaged as a family and loving on each other, your eyes will be on your family members and your smile with be natural.  These are the photographs that you will cherish most because they depict your family connection and your love.

  7. Bring props or a family activity

    • My most successful family sessions have incorporated an activity that the family loves to do together.  This gives you something to do with your hands and feet, engages the little ones, and brings an authentic smile to your face. .

    • Props – Bring a blanket that is special to your family. I’ve had clients use balloons, flowers and even family heirlooms to incorporate into their session.  My goal is to tell your family’s story and adding a memorable item adds to your story.


    • I cannot stress this enough.  For one, it is courteous and just a plain old sweet thing to do.  Secondly, it directly affects the outcome of the your session and images.  Showing up on time starts the session off in a relaxed environment.  Rushing and showing up late to your session will most certainly start your session off to a negative vibe.  Even 10 minutes behind can have an affect on natural lighting and atmosphere. So please,  BE ON TIME! 

I’m in the business of telling your family’s story via photographic art. You invested in this session for a reason. 

Let’s make sure you get the most from your investment.


Here are 8 tips to help you rock your photo session!