8 Tips For Your First Family Photoshoot Session

Getting the right shot can capture so many memories. Here’s how to survive your first family photoshoot! 

The mental image of a family photoshoot seems relatively simple and enjoyable on the surface. You turn up on the day of your shoot full of smiles, have a few snaps taken with your loved ones, and return home, right? Actually, when you’re not comfortable in front of a camera and you’ve got energetic youngsters running around, the actual taking of a photo can make you squirm with nerves. 

A family photoshoot gives you the opportunity to capture the moment; the laughs and the humour within your family as well as the love you all share for one another. Getting it right is essential for a great quality picture, and professional photographers are well trained in capturing your family in the best light. To banish those worries completely and to give you a little peace of mind before booking a shoot, I’ve teamed up with family portrait photography professionals, Nousha, to bring you some tips to keep in mind for your first family photoshoot.

Beautiful black and white photo of a mother kissing her son on the chin

01. Wear the right clothing 

Not only is comfort incredibly important for the whole family when having a professional photograph taken, but you need to ensure that what you’re wearing is attractive and will look great in print! If you’re struggling to find something suitable, talk to your photographer who will give you some advice and discuss the overall look you want to go for.

02. Get a good night’s sleep 

To make sure your photographer doesn’t capture those baggy eyes or your child yawning from lack of sleep, make sure the whole family gets a good rest the night before. An early night means you’ll all wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready for your photoshoot. Your children will be much more cooperative too, and not to mention better behaved!

Family Photoshoot

03. Give yourself plenty of time 

If you’re in a rush, it’ll show on your face. You need to be totally relaxed when you arrive at the studio, not flustered and in a tangle. Allow yourselves plenty of time to get ready and arrive at your booking with time to spare. You’ll have time to talk to your photographer beforehand too to ensure all your questions are answered.

04. Eat! 

Moaning children are not the best people to have a photoshoot with, and rumbling tummies are definitely a distraction. Make sure the whole family has a decent breakfast and lunch to help keep their concentration levels up and to stop the complaints before they even have the chance to start.

Black and white photo of a little girl walking down a path with her giant teddy bear

05. Keep children occupied 

It can sometimes be a nightmare to keep young children engaged in something like a family photoshoot – even the thought of it may give you nightmares. To help the session run as smoothly as possible, take a toy or game to keep them occupied in between shots. You never know; your photographer may like the idea of it being included in some of your photos, and you may get some great shots too.

06. Act natural 

Posing for the camera can be a scary thought for some. The image of an aching jaw and an overly enthusiastic smile can be a haunting thought. The key to a great looking photo, however, is the natural look. Your photographer may ask you to interact with your family as you normally would to capture genuine emotions on camera. These shots work the best!

Black and white photo of two happy kids

07. Leave the kids to it 

As parents, you’ll want at least a few of your shots to be of your children interacting with one another, or with a toy, game or pet! Your photographer may ask you to help keep their attention on their activity to get the best shot, or to encourage them to look in a certain direction. They may even ask you to leave the area completely in order to get the best possible results, without a distraction.

08. Speak to your photographer beforehand 

It’s a good idea to give your photographer some examples of the kind of shots you’re after before you begin. Book a consultation appointment the week before or arrive a little bit earlier than planned to give yourselves time to chat. The more prepared you and your photographer are, the better your shots will be.8 Tips For Your First Family Photoshoot Session

For a perfect family photoshoot, be prepared! 
Hopefully, our tips will be a great help for you when planning your family photoshoot. Have you ever had a shoot before, or are you planning on having one with your family in future? Let me know your experience in the comments below!

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This post was in collaboration with Nousha, London family photographers specialising in portrait and black and white photography. For more information about their services, visit their website: https://www.nousha.co.uk.


  1. 12/12/2018 / 1:40 pm

    Ahhh such lovely photos! We’re never had a family photo shoot, keep saying we will. However, we look about 50 years older since having two little ones – hahaha! xx

  2. 12/12/2018 / 3:25 pm

    Some great tips here, it’s so important that the kids are happy and fed. It’s also essential to speak to the photographer so you both know what you want to get out of it

  3. 12/12/2018 / 6:37 pm

    Great tips! I would love to have a family photoshoot one day (need to get my husband onboard with the idea!), but I take a lot of photos for my blog and understand the power of snacks 🙂

  4. 12/12/2018 / 10:36 pm

    Good tips and lovely photos! We haven’t done a family photo session, I don’t think my husband would be interested!

  5. 13/12/2018 / 5:16 am

    Everyone seems to have an imagine of what their family picture should look like and for most they rarely are. Love your tips

  6. 13/12/2018 / 11:09 am

    Such great tips! When my kiddos were small it was a ZOO. Getting it together but this is perfect for parents.

  7. 13/12/2018 / 12:26 pm

    Lots of really good tips here, I agree that natural photographs are the best!

  8. 13/12/2018 / 10:07 pm

    There’s lots of great tips here. Thank you as I can never seem to manage to get everyone smiling or looking in the same direct at the same time lol

  9. 14/12/2018 / 2:24 am

    These are really great tips (and lovely photos!) I especially recommend the ‘eating beforehand’ tip – I ignored this one on our last photo shoot and ended up with some lovely photos of my toddler with chocolate biscuits just to placate him enough for a few photos!

  10. Rosey
    14/12/2018 / 8:22 am

    We are about to have a new little one in the family here, so family photos are definitely on the horizon. These are great. I love the one of the kids laughing by the tree.

  11. 14/12/2018 / 11:39 am

    These are some really excellent tips – especially reminding us to eat and sleep well. Nothing is worse than a hungry, thirsty or over tired child!!

  12. 14/12/2018 / 12:57 pm

    Lovely photos. We never had any family ones done when the children were young. We did for our blog page a couple of years ago, but the children were 8 and 10 then. We need to do an updated set – something to plan for the new year.

  13. 14/12/2018 / 1:12 pm

    Such great tips! I work as a family photographer and might send this to my clients before shoots x

  14. 15/12/2018 / 9:02 am

    I would love to do another family photoshoot, I always prefer outdoor, natural shots though, rather than staged ones

  15. 15/12/2018 / 9:02 am

    I would love to do another family photoshoot, I always prefer outdoor, natural shots though, rather than staged ones

  16. Rachel Evans
    17/12/2018 / 12:39 am

    Some great tips to help get those perfect shots!

  17. 17/12/2018 / 7:21 am

    Great ideas! We never had a family photo shoot, but love to have one.

  18. Leila
    17/12/2018 / 9:46 pm

    Beautiful photos and great tips. Thanks for sharing.

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