As a photographer, my goal is to capture pictures that reflect the beauty and uniqueness of your family. It is my job to make you feel comfortable, help you poses look natural, help keep the kids happy and smiling and find the most beautiful lighting and backgrounds. There is a lot you can do from your side of the camera to help me make the session successful! Here are a few tips for you to prepare for the upcoming shoot!

Get in close, even closer than you think you need to! I am always asking my subjects to get closer! Generally, it looks good when heads are touching. It may feel too close, but trust me, it creates a sense of togetherness and looks great on camera!
Don’t be afraid to forget the camera and goof around. Tickle your kids, laugh, look at each other. Don’t feel like you have to stay still or stiff just because the camera is around! Not only does this help me capture some cute candids, but it also helps the posed photos to be more relaxed and natural.
Bring props: Wooden chairs, wooden crates, and vintage suitcases add a classy touch and are great for posing. If you have a particular prop that means something to your family, bring it along! Pennant flags, balloons and chalkboards with messages are fun too! Don’t know what to bring? Let me know what look you are going for and I will help you out!
Get on Pinterest! Friend me on Pinterest and pin away! This helps me get a sense of what kind of photos you like best!

Time of Day The prettiest lighting is in the evening or morning, close to sunrise or sunset. You also want to pick a time of day when your kids will be in their best mood. Make sure the kids are fed and napped before the session, so that they are awake and not hungry during!


If you forget these tips come day of the photo session, no worries! That’s what I am here for! The most important thing is to just relax and have fun! I love the energy and love of families, and I love capturing that on camera! Contact me today to book your shoot!