Use These Tips To Prepare For Your Family's Professional Photo Shoot

February 05, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Photo by Jean Marshall Photography

 

Taking professional family photos is a great way to capture memories that will last for years to come. It can also be a daunting task – especially if you have young children or you’re unsure of what to expect. In this blog post hosted by Jean Marshall Photography, we'll help you make sure your family is prepared for the big day so that you can focus on making memories instead of stressing out.

 

Pack Extra Clothing and Snacks

You never know when someone might spill something or get their clothes dirty before the shoot, so it’s always best to come prepared with extra clothing just in case. Also, consider packing some snacks like granola bars or fruit so that you have something on hand if anyone gets hungry during the session. Depending on the environment for the shoot, you may also want to bring sunblock, bug spray, and a first aid kit.

Schedule the Session After Naptime

If possible, try to schedule your session after nap time when everyone has had a chance to rest and recharge. This way everyone will be in a good mood, which will lead to better pictures all the way around. Not only that, but well-rested kiddos will be less distracted, so your photographer will be able to get every shot you want without stretching the session out across an entire afternoon.

Talk To Young Children About The Process Beforehand

If you have young children, it’s important to talk about the process beforehand so they aren’t overwhelmed or scared of all the unfamiliar faces and equipment when they arrive. Explain what will happen throughout the session in an age-appropriate manner so that they feel comfortable with everything going on around them. You might even show them a video that details the process to help them understand what the situation will be and what will be expected of them.

Explore Outdoor Environments Before The Shoot

Outdoor shoots are becoming increasingly popular these days as more people look for unique locations for their sessions. Before committing to an outdoor location, take some time to explore the area and make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable with their surroundings. Also, consider factors such as lighting and shade from nearby trees or buildings, as these can affect how your photos turn out. Talk to your photographer about your goals for the session; they may have suggestions on the best places to go.

Think About The Types Of Creative Projects You Can Make With Adobe Express Using Your Photos

Once your professional family photo shoot is complete, you can use the high-quality images to create beautiful keepsakes using Adobe Express tools. Take a little time to think about the types of projects you'd like to make, such as a calendar that can be used as a gift for family members. You can also turn your images into quality social media posts using Adobe's quality templates. Here are a few examples:

  • Ready to share your family’s special day with social media followers? Create a stunning Instagram collage using the best pics from your shoot. Customize your post with stickers, icons, and text.

  • Make a Facebook story that highlights your favorite moment from the session. This is perfect for sharing your photo shoot with friends and family who live far away! Choose a candid shot or go with a posed one; Adobe makes the process quick and easy.

  • Whether you’ve taken a great family shot or a newborn photo, you can utilize those images to create a stunning Father’s Day card. This is a perfect way to get creative and show someone special how loved they are. You can customize the card with your choice of fonts and designs.

  • You don’t need design skills to create a gorgeous desktop wallpaper. Adobe makes it super easy, and you can have a beautiful reminder of your special day completed in minutes. Choose your colors and customize the wallpaper with different fonts or icons.

Taking professional family photos should be a fun and stress-free experience, and with plenty of planning, it can be. From packing extra clothing and snacks to exploring outdoor environments beforehand, there are several things you can do to make the day more enjoyable for everyone. Keep these tips in mind when scheduling your next photo shoot so that you can focus on creating long-lasting memories instead of worrying about the details.

Ready to set up your professional portrait session? Get in touch with Jean Marshall Photography today to talk about your family’s needs.


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