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Having a professional family photo session is a great way to create memories for a lifetime. No matter whether your family’s got a rockstar vibe…

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Or more of a classic cuddle situation going on…

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Family photos can definitely be fun.

But getting ready for them can be stressful, especially when it comes to getting everyone dressed and ready to go.

Check out these tips for taking the stress out of your family photo session.

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Talk to your kids

The best way to prepare your children for a photo session is to try to make them see how fun the session can be. And on that day, maybe the donut bribe needs to come out a bit early… never know what’ll end up working!

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Or maybe just a chance to snuggle and hang in a favorite spot will be an opportunity to snag some smiles.

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After all, you want to capture your family enjoying spending time together!

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Pick out your outfits early

You may not want every member of your family to match perfectly, but you don’t want the colors in their clothes to clash.

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Try to choose outfits for each of you that coordinate—similar styles and all in the same color palette.

With teenagers, it can be fun to let them choose what to wear – who cares, in the end… and what fun to look back on their style afterwards!

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Plus, having your outfits chosen in advance will save you time on the day of the session.

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Make sure everyone is comfortable

Even if you have visions of your kids dressed in their Sunday best, it’s honestly more important that they’re comfortable. Shoes that don’t fit can put anyone in a bad mood, you know? And nobody wants a bad mood…

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And in reality, even sweats can look great – and sometimes they save you fighting with the kids… it’s all about fun and joy, after all.

Totally depends what hill you want to die on, you know? Clothes really matter to some families, and clothes really don’t matter to other families. Completely up to you.

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If we’re doing our photos outdoors, and your children are in clothes that aren’t right for the season (most commonly for my clients it’s planning outfits for spring or fall weather that we want to be warmer than it is) or when we put kids in any kind of restrictive clothes, they’re more likely to become irritable and less likely to smile in photos. Comfort is key!

And speaking from experience, layers help. Having sweaters or coats on hand that you don’t mind having in the photos is a great idea. Just be sure to check the weather forecast and choose outfits accordingly.

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Work around naptime

If your kids take a nap during the day, try to schedule your photo session after that time, so everyone will be refreshed.

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And see if you can be well-rested too! You’ll be able to handle small stresses better if you get a good night’s sleep the night before your session.

With a baby I know that is easier said than done, but hey, worth a try?

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Above all — have fun!

Do your best to relax and have fun with your family during your photo session.

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Candid shots with genuine smiles are better than forced grins and will better capture your family’s personalities.

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Don’t worry too much about the little things and just enjoy being with your children and making memories!

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Oh, and I hope you’ll come join my Boston Families Together group…

My new VIP group is called Boston Families Together, and in addition to offering cool things like this Taking Great Photos With Your Smartphone email series, I’m interview local experts live in that group, too. Topics for their interviews include, “Selling Your Boston Area Home in a Pandemic”,  “Talking with Your Young Kids About Covid”, “Priorities and Projects: Getting Stuff Done”… and so much more.

JOIN MY FAMILIES GROUP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bostonfamiliestogether

Hope to see you in there!xo Jess

Contact Jess


617-501-6078
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I’m Jessica McDaniel, and May 2021 will mark my 18th anniversary photographing babies and their families all around Boston.

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