Sara Sniderman 


How to prepare for your family photo session

My hope is that your Family Photo session is a stress free experience.  I want to capture natural moments of your family interacting with each other.  I will prompt and guide you throughout the session. Here are a few things you can do to prepare for your photo session to set your family up for success:

father hugs daughter smiling for photo Wellesley MA

1. Fill out your photo session questionnaire 

You will receive a questionnaire before the session to help me get to know your family.  My goal is to capture your family’s connection.  I like to come up with a few activities to do during the session to evoke natural interactions. These activities can range from cuddling to playing red light green light. Your questionnaire helps me get to know your family and come up with ideas for the session.

Family laughing in photo and girl twirling dress Dowse Orchard Sherborn MA
Silly family photo: mom kisses baby while dad dances with daughter in Sherborn MA Orchard

2. Plan your family outfits

I have tips for what to wear here  The most important things to remember are to coordinate your family photo session outfits and make sure everyone feels comfortable in what they are wearing. 

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mom holds daughter while dad kisses her photo Wellesley MA

3.  Let you kids know what to expect at the photo session

Let your kids know that we will be taking family photos.  There will be some time spent taking posed type photos and some time to play.  The better they are listening, the more time to play we will have!  Tell them that it will be fun!  The more excited you are about the session, the more excited your kids will be.  

Family walks through flowers holding hands Wellelsely MA
parents smile at children during family photo and parent hug while kids run in circles around them Wellelsely MA

4.  Plan something fun for afterwards or a reward they can have after the family photos

 As fun as I try to make the sessions,  having a reward to look forward helps keep kids engaged.  Having something to look forward to after the session can be a great motivator if your kids aren’t super excited about photos.  

Family smiles at baby during fall family photos in Framingham MA
mom holds daughter and touches noses.  parents kiss while kids look up at them for family photo

5.  Relax and have fun!

I have three girls myself, so I also understand that we need to go with the flow depending on how the children are taking to the photo session.  My goal is to capture natural moments, so don’t worry about things being “perfect.”  I think the best photos are perfectly imperfect.  This is a time to have fun with your family and let me capture your family’s unique connection.  

mom holds one son in arms and holds hand of other son as they walk.  Parents smile at baby in field Framingham MA
Family sits on blanket for fall family photo.  Mom holds baby in air

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April 29, 2020

  1. Lauren says:

    I love this! So many useful tips!!!

  2. Kristin says:

    These are such great tips! I loved reading about them!

  3. Mollie says:

    Such great ideas! So helpful!

  4. Maria says:

    Great tips!! Telling the little ones what they need to do is very important.

  5. Catie says:

    Such great advice! I would love to share this with my families!!!

  6. Taylor says:

    wonderful strategy! And excellent photos <3

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