Annual Family Photography

Tips to have an Amazing, Flawless Experience during your Family Session

Whether this is your very first time taking photos or you are a seasoned pro, I want to give you some "prep" tips for your upcoming session. Photo sessions should be enjoyable and pleasant. After all, you are investing in your family. These photos will hang on your wall, be shared on social media or be printed for Holiday Cards. I Strive to make my clients Photo Experience a seamless one. I like to provide as much information and resources for them to prepare for their Photo Session. Below you will find a few tips.


Please bring clothing and all accessories needed. You can arrive and get 

your children dressed at the session if you are worried about them getting 

messy on the way. Please also bring chap-stick or lip gloss for children 

(helps with chapped lips, they are very hard to Photoshop). To be extra 

prepared, bring snacks & a favorite toy to comfort them if they are feeling 

overwhelmed at the session.



Children are UNPREDICTABLE... so, it is my job to be ready for anything! 

A lot of times parents get frustrated because sessions don’t seem to be 

going perfectly, but those small moments in between all the tantrums 

and chaos are beautiful. People are often surprised to see that there are 

so many great pictures to choose from, when all they remember is their 

wild child. Don’t worry, it’s my job to capture it all! candid photo moments are my favorite.




I recommend wearing something more bold and colorful with a lot of texture

to show off personality. This is an opportunity for your child or yourself to shine!

For children, I recommend clothing that has texture,

such as knitting, embroidery, dark faded denim, buttons, and ruffles. This type

of clothing tends to photograph well and adds a lot of visual interest.


It can be difficult to coordinate colors and not look too matchy. I recommend

picking a few colors, but try not to put them in the same exact clothing. The

more layers, textures and colors, the better. Just pick colors that compliment

each other. I recommend bright or deep colors (jewel tones like mustard yellow,

deep purple, turquoise, dark pink, etc.) and try to stay away from all white. I do

recommend investing in your child's clothing for the session since it does make

a huge difference in the final product. Search out local or online boutiques for a

more one of a kind style.


Choose a style you like and a few colors you like as well. I recommend having

the parents dress fashionable, yet simple and focus more of the funky, unique

style on the kids. If you have 5 people all dressing with a lot of layers and

accessories it can be too much. Dark jeans that have a grit to them is always

a great choice for the parents or especially the husband. If you are going to

wear a print, stay away from small prints and not a lot of visual interest

(think bold!). Continue to think about texture and color. You may think that

certain colors don’t go together, but again think out of the box and have fun!

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Below you will find some examples of past clients that looked fabulous and had great color palettes.