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How to Prepare Your Kids for a Family Photography Session

Family photo sessions should be fun, authentic, and stress-free! If you’re gearing up for a family photo shoot, you might be wondering how to get your little ones ready for the camera. Here’s the thing: family photography is all about capturing the joy, love, and sometimes the chaos of family life. So, let’s dive into some tips on how to prepare your kids for a session that’s more about fun and less about forced smiles!

mom and dad cuddling with their kids for their at home family photography session

Start By Telling The Kids It’s Happening

Start by prepping your kids about the upcoming photoshoot. Explain it as a great adventure where you’ll play, explore, and have loads of fun together. 

You may also want to show them the photo of the photographer and tell them the photographer’s name to help ease the shyness. You could also take a moment to tell your little ones about the importance of photography and what even does a photographer do!

It’s all about making them comfortable and excited!

Encourage Their True Selves to Shine

Your family’s photoshoot isn’t about perfection; it’s about capturing real moments. Encourage your kids to be themselves, show their personalities, and not worry about always looking at the camera. Authentic smiles and giggles are what we’re after!

Snack Breaks are Totally Okay!

Prepare or bring with you some non-messy snacks and drinks to keep those little energy levels up. A quick snack break during the session can work wonders for mood and cooperation. We don’t want any hangry kiddos!

Get Them Involved in the Planning

Involve your kids in planning your family photography session. Let them suggest activities, games, and even the types of photos they’d like. This gives them a sense of control and that their opinion matters to you and makes the experience more enjoyable for them.

Dress for Comfort and a Bit of Style

Dress your kids in comfortable clothes in consistent, complementary colors. Think pastels, beiges, and natural hues. Try the outfits on beforehand to ensure they’re comfortable.

If you book me as your Minnesota family photographer, you’ll get my assistance to help you figure out what to wear, as well as access to my client closet, if needed!

Choose a Familiar Location

Choose a location that resonates with you as a family! Whether it’s your own home or a natural setting like woodlands or grassy fields, the right location can set the tone for a relaxed and enjoyable session.

It also helps if it’s a place your kids have been before, so that they feel more comfortable with their surroundings and aren’t too overwhelmed with too many new things happening all at once!

Be Relaxed

The best tip is to lead by example. Your kiddos look up to you and they also feel your emotions! Stay relaxed, stress-free, and excited about the photoshoot. This will help your kids, especially older ones, to relax and engage with the experience, as well!

Amelia Jo Photo | Minnesota Family Photographer

I hope that these tips will help you prepare your children for a photoshoot. Remember, family photography is all about capturing the essence of your family, in all its beautiful, imperfect glory.
Whether you have a few more questions or you’d like to book your family photoshoot in Minnesota, I am just one message away! You can reach out to me here! You can also check out more family photography inspo in my portfolio here!


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Minnesota based wedding and lifestyle photographer living in good ole Bemidji, MN. I specialize in capturing moments of love from birth to marriage and everything in between.

hey you!

I'm Amelia








Minnesota based wedding and lifestyle photographer living in good ole Bemidji, MN. I specialize in capturing moments of love from birth to marriage and everything in between.

hey you!

I'm Amelia