• Nicole Tidei

8 Ways to Sabotage Your Family Photos

You've booked your family photoshoot and now you're stressed about making sure everything is just perfect so you can get those beautiful family photos. I don't blame you! As a seasoned photographer I even do this myself when I invest in a photoshoot. At this point in my career I have pretty much seen it all and I am here to share with you the eight things that are certain to sabotage your family photos.


1. Don't arrive on time


Arriving late to your photoshoot is one of the easiest ways to derail your photoshoot. Your appointment is often timed around the sunlight and the sun waits for no one.


You should always account for traffic and the idea that most locations will likely require that you walk at least a few minutes to your location. Arrive too late and you'll lose the beautiful light we planned your family's photos around. Not to mention, arriving late always causes added stress for everyone in the family and we want carefree, fun-loving smiles!


2. Don't plan your wardrobe in advance


I can't tell you how many times families arrive for their session and tell me they couldn't find dad's shirt, at least one of the child had an article of clothing that didn't fit and something was in need of dry cleaning or washing when mom went to get dressed.


What you wear is just as important as the photographer you hired and the location you chose, so don't wait until the last minute to assemble your family's attire. I always suggest having your clothing set and sorted at least a week prior to your session.


3. You forgot to make sure you had appropriate shoes


Unless your photos are being taken on the beach (where I would suggest you go barefoot), your outfit is not complete until you make sure you have the shoes to go with it. While adults don't tend to outgrow shoes very often, your little ones go through their shoes almost seasonally.


So while you might think you're all squared away when you choose your family's outfits, be sure to make sure your littles one's shoes fit!


I have families tell me that they were on the way out the door and at least one child's shoes no longer fit!


4. Don't dress for the weather


Being too cold or too hot isn't great for anyone, but especially your kids. Not dressing them appropriately for the weather is one way to ensure the are unhappy and uncooperative during your session, especially in the colder months.


5. Come hungry


There's a reason they call it being 'hangry'! Being cheerful for your photoshoot goes a long way in ensuring your session's success. So make sure everyone is well fed and feel free to bring snacks!


Good Snacks:

*Anything non-staining that won't get stuck in your teeth

  • Cheese Cubes

  • Crackers

  • Nuts

  • Dried Fruit

  • Jelly Beans

  • Gummy Candy

Bad Snacks:

*Anything that could cause stains or takes too long to eat. These are great post photoshoot bribes though!

  • Chocolate

  • Yogurt

  • Chewing gum

  • Lollipop (takes too long to eat & has potential to stain mouth)

  • Chocolate milk & colorful juice (risk of spilling & staining clothing)

6. Come with the wrong attitude


Attitude goes a long way during your session and although you might not think it, your kids pick up on little cues and if you're not enjoying yourself neither will they. I know photoshoots might not be everyone in the family's favorite (I'm looking at you husbands :) )but it's important to set a good example for your little ones.


7. You don't consult with your photography on location & time


You hired your photographer for a good a reason. You wanted high quality images from a professional. So when it comes to the timing and location of your session it's important you consult with and trust the professional you hired!


I'm here to guide you through your family's needs and make sure we plan a photoshoot that best suits your needs. I vet all of my locations and know when they have the best lighting and how much work they will take on your end to get to.


8. Your hemline is too short, neck line too low & you wear clothes you're not comfortable in


You'll be moving around during your session and if you're constantly preoccupied adjusting your clothing we are bound to miss or even have great shots completely ruined. Trust me when I say I have been there and done that on a personal level as well. So be mindful of your choices.


I also always encourage families to wear clothes that are true to their style and that they're comfortable in. Your family photos should be a reflection of who are!





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