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Tips for Family Photos: Things You DON’T Need Before Booking a Photo Session

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When it comes to booking a photo session for your family, it’s natural to have questions and concerns. However, it’s important to remember that the process doesn’t have to be overwhelming or stressful. As a seasoned family photographer, I promise that you won’t regret having photos done. However, you might regret letting these worries get in the way of having your family beautifully photographed. In this blog post, I’ll debunk common misconceptions and highlight the things you DON’T need to worry about before booking a photo session. So, let’s dive in and discover the tips for family photos so you can make the plunge and get your session booked!

Seattle photographer shares tips for family photos, like have fun!

The first tip for family photos – You don’t need to know how the process works

Booking a photo session may seem like a daunting task, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the process. You may feel like you need to have everything planned out before reaching out to a photographer.

I’m a planner too! However, the reason you’re hiring a photographer is to help you with the planning and the entire family photo process. So major family photo session tip, let your photographer help you plan!

I take pride in offering a seamless and stress-free experience. From the client lounge full of information to help you prepare, to helping you finalize outfits, to designing your album for you, delivery of your beautiful images, I will be there to guide you through every step. You can trust my expertise to ensure that your session runs smoothly and captures the essence of your family.

backlight photo of mother hugging son at sunset in Seattle

Another worry you can shelf: You don’t need to know how to pose

One of the biggest concerns people have before their photo session is knowing how to pose in front of the camera. But here’s the thing: my approach is all about capturing authentic moments and genuine connections. It’s not about stiff poses or forced smiles.

If you’re afraid you’re too awkward and have no idea how to look your best during your session, rest easy. During your session, I will provide prompts and guidance to help you relax and have fun. Just be yourself, enjoy the experience, and let the magic unfold naturally.

Father tossing son into the air playfully for photos

You don’t need to know the perfect location for your family’s photo session.

Choosing the right location for your family photo session can feel overwhelming. I have seen in plenty of Facebook Groups, people asking about tips and ideas for family photo locations. However, what you may think makes a great location, may not be what’s best for photos.

But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Based on the date of your session and your family dynamics, I will help you find the perfect location. Whether it’s a picturesque park, a cozy corner of your home, or a spot that holds special meaning to your family, trust in my expertise to find a location that enhances the beauty of your photographs.

Want a peek into what makes a location a good one? Here’s What I Look for in Locations for Family Photos

Finding rocks on the beach during family photo session in Seattle

You also do not need to know what everyone will wear before booking your photos.

Sometimes, the stress of coordinating outfits for the entire family can hinder the decision to book a photo session. But here’s the truth: once you’re booked, I will provide valuable guidance on what to wear. I understand the importance of creating a cohesive look while still allowing individual personalities to shine. So, relax and let me assist you in selecting outfits that complement each other and reflect your family’s style.

Besides, two main tips for family photos. First, I bet you could find something that coordinates well in your closets right now. Second, the focus of your family photos should not be your outfits. YOUR FAMILY should be the star of the photos, not your outfit (or the location, or anything else).

Tip for family photos: Embrace your children during Seattle photo session

The most important tip for your family photos is that you don’t need to worry about how your children will act

As a mother of six, I know firsthand that children can be unpredictable during photo sessions. But rest assured, family photo sessions are not about achieving perfection. They’re about capturing authentic moments and having fun as a family. I am well-equipped to handle the chaos and capture genuine smiles and connections. So, let go of worries about your children’s behavior and focus on enjoying the experience together.

The biggest tip for family photos here is that when you lean into simply having a good time and letting me worry about the kids, everything turns out beautifully. Again, remember, I have 6 kids. I have photographed families for over a decade. I’ve got you, mama.

Booking a photo session for your family should be an exciting and enjoyable experience.

Mother and son during Seattle portrait session

By understanding what you DON’T need to worry about, you can approach the process with ease and confidence. With Neyssa Lee Photography, you don’t need to know every detail or be an expert in posing, locations, or outfits. My expertise and guidance will ensure a stress-free session that captures the beauty and joy of your family. So, take a deep breath, let go of unnecessary concerns, and get ready to create beautiful memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Ready to book your family photo session with me? Check out the session information page to discover more about my approach. Contact me today and let’s capture the magic of your unique family. And don’t forget to check out my newsletter for more tips and inspiration to make the most of your family photos.