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Fresno Family Photographer: How to prep for your family session

I know that if you don’t get photos taken often, having them taken can get kinda stressful. Here are some tips for family photos so you can prep for your session so it goes as smoothly as possible!

tips for family photos

1. If you have younger kids, tell your them they’re going to go hang out and play with an old friend of yours.

2. Show them pictures of me and of my work on Instagram. This will help them feel a little familiar with what and who to expect.

3. And relax! Let me do the work and worry about how your child is behaving and just have fun!

I want to capture the LOVE in families and if you’re worried about how your child is acting, that is what I’m going to capture. I just want to see them and capture them as they are. I encourage you to make this a fun family experience.

Instead of bribing your children with a treat (which can backfire when a little child doesn’t understand why they can’t have their ice cream Right Now!), make this a feel-good day. Make plans to go out for dinner or a treat before or after the session as a family. Not as a reward but as part of the overall experience. I will worry about your kids behavior, you just need to show up prepared to have fun and relax.

My family sessions are full of games, snuggles, being silly, and just being you. Telling your kids that you’re just going to go play and explore a fun new space will let them know that it’s okay to explore and have fun at the session.

I never force kids to do anything they don’t want to do, so don’t worry if they refuse initially. I give them space when they need it and I will find games and activities that will engage them and let them be themselves. The most important tips for family photos is to relax, go with the flow and just be your best self. I’ll take care of the rest!

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  1. Laura says:

    This is really great advice for how to approach a family photography session. It’s always so hard to get kids to cooperate. I’d much rather capture their honest expressions than cheeseball grins. Love how natural your work is!

  2. Krystal says:

    I love how you stress this as an experience and not a pain staking task! Love love love the information and ideas you shared! Beautiful images too!

  3. aneta says:

    Love your natural approach to family photography. I bet a lot of clients find it relaxing and refreshing. Beautiful photos!

  4. melissa says:

    What great information! I love how you captured the families as they are.

  5. Baotran Pham says:

    This definitely makes it easier to envision a session with you! The families in your area are so lucky to have you.

  6. Joy says:

    This is lovely spread and great tips to have a successful session. Thanks for the inspo <3

  7. Linda Bainter says:

    Such great suggestions you have given to prep the little ones before a session. Beautiful images

  8. Kandi says:

    Your approach to family sessions is so refreshing! Love how you prepare your clients with showing the kids your IG account! What a great way to get them on board! Beautiful work Madison .

  9. katie says:

    These tips are so helpful for families not to stress before a session. Such beautiful work, you are very gifted!

  10. Christie says:

    What great tips for your lucky clients!

  11. You are so right! Don’t worry about how the kids behave and just have fun! These are great tips!

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