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5 Tips for a Stress-Free Family Photo Session

Feel stress for your coming up family session? From selecting outfits, getting them washed and ironed, coordinating the shoes…Planing a family shoot could be overwhelming.

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The key to lower your stress is to prepared ahead and feeling in control of it. Here are my 5 tips stress free tips for you,


1. Two- Four weeks before the session. 
Choosing outfits that will work well with the themes, for example spring, fall or Christmas. I recommend choosing your outfits as early as possible, check this AWESOME infographic from the Marlen James blog.

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Try them on all, do not forget shoes , hats and other accessories, and making sure they all fit and clean, there are no holes or stain that were missed. Iron them if needed and set them aside in a safe place until the picture day. For toddlers or younger children, I recommend get to the location earlier and dressing them at the photo location, I remembered my baby had accident on his pants in the car and I have no back up clothe for him🤪(consider bringing an extra outfits just in case)


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2. One week before the session. 
Start talking to your children daily about what to expect on picture day. A little trick to make them behave well is planing a BRIBE to get them excited! An ice cream treat after the session, or wrap a gift for them to open after the photo session, etc. You could also tell the little ones my name to help them to feel like they already know me when we meet! If you’re planning to bring a treat or snack with you to the session, make sure it’s NOT chocolate or anything that could make a mess on their clothes or faces. Letting your significant other know we will creating cherish images for a life time, and a few years later, all of you will enjoy spending time sit down on the couch to flip those pages, look at those beautiful pictures and relive that day!

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3. One day before of the session 
Making sure your bag with bribery items, the snacks, props, bottles and formula pacifier, diapers, wipes, a pair of flip flops to walk in if wearing heels, hair or makeup items that you might need during the session for touch ups.


4. The day of the session
Give yourself plenty of extra time to get ready. Make sure everyone is fed, teeth are brushed, little ones are napped. If you like everyone all look at the camera, parents could be always photo ready and smiles, and I will have little tricks to get kids’ attention to look at the camera. However, sometimes the most beautiful moments are no one is looking at the camera when all of you are interact each other and having fun!



5. Make it Quick! Mini Sessions as the time is short enough to be a good fit for most family, the reality is most kids and parents come to their portrait session wanting it to be over as quickly as possible! Trust your photographer, try to remain calm and relax, be fun and be memorable.

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