As an experienced Dallas family photographer, I’ve seen it all over the years. From chaotic photo shoots with unruly children & dads to picture-perfect moments captured in time. After a few hundred family sessions, I’m confident I know what it takes to make a family photo shoot a success. So I’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts for your next family photo shoot to remember and reference before your next session.

Do’s & Don’ts For Successful Family Photos

DO: Coordinate Your Wardrobe

When choosing outfits for your family, remember that they should coordinate but not necessarily match. I’ll help you select a color scheme or a few complementary colors to tie everyone’s outfits together from my studio wardrobe or provide feedback on what options you bring. It’s also important to consider the location and season of your photo shoot when selecting clothing.

DON’T: Wear Loud or Distracting Patterns

Avoid wearing clothing with loud or distracting patterns, as they can take the focus away from the family and make the photo look busy or chaotic.

DO: Communicate with Me, Your Photographer

When you reserve your session, part of the reservation process is learning more about what you’re envisioning your gallery will look like. If you have any special requests, it’s always best to mention them as soon as possible so we can work through the details.

DON’T: Be Late

Showing up late can throw off the entire photo shoot schedule and cause unnecessary stress for everyone involved. Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get ready, load everyone up, & arrive at the studio on time.

DO: Have Fun and Be Yourself

The best family photos are the ones that capture your family’s unique personalities and dynamics. So relax, have fun, and be yourselves. Listen to my prompts, but do what feels natural with your kids and partner in the moment.

DON’T: Force Poses or Smiles

Avoid forcing poses or smiles. I will guide you into poses that feel natural and comfortable. Authentic expressions and poses will make for much more memorable and meaningful photos.

DO: Choose a Location That Fits Your Family’s Personality

Select a location that reflects your family’s interests and personality. Consider my field or lakeside location if you’re an outdoorsy family. If you would like a regal vibe, have everyone dress in black tie attire and use my classic white studio space & antique seating. Browse my blog for inspiration on which location would fit your family best.

DON’T: Overdo It with Props

While incorporating props can add interest to your photos, be careful not to go overboard. A few meaningful props can add a personal touch to your photos, but too many can be distracting and take away from the main focus – your family.

DO: Include Family Pets

Pets are a beloved part of many families and can add a fun and unique element to your photos. Just make sure to communicate with your photographer beforehand so that they can plan accordingly.

DON’T: Micromanage Your Children’s Behavior

While it’s important to communicate expectations with your children before the photo shoot, it’s also important to give them some freedom to be themselves. Try to avoid micromanaging every detail of their behavior, as this can lead to a stressful and unenjoyable experience for everyone.

Kate Marie Portraiture is a luxury, full-service photography studio providing heirloom portraits for growing families in Flower Mound, TX

March 24, 2023

A Comprehensive List Of Do’s And Don’ts For Successful Family Photos