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How to prepare the family for a professional photo shoot

How to prepare the family for a professional photo shoot

  • Tell the kids
  • Feed the children
  • Be comfortable
  • Have favourite toys on hand

You’ve booked the photographer, the date is set, now how to ensure everyone is at their best for this special day. After all, these photos are going to be on your walls for all to see!

We talked to professional portrait photographer, Brandi Mollica, a Vancouver-based photographer specializing in naturalistic family and lifestyle photography about her pro tips for the perfect family photoshoot.

Photo credit: Brandi Mollica

I prefer film to digital … It slows me down and makes me happy. Also the look of film is beautiful so there is no need for filters.

Brandi Mollica

5 tips for your photo shoot

Tip 1: Tell the kids

Let the kids know that a photographer (or person with camera) is coming to your house to take photos so they aren’t taken by surprise or shocked into tears or hiding.

Tip 2: Feed the children

We all know how unpleasant ‘hangry’ children can be. Make sure they are well fed prior to the shoot. No one wants to feed kids during the shoot and risk spilled food on clean clothes.

Tip 3: Be comfortable

While wearing white photographs well, being comfortable is the most important thing. Brandi underscores that, colour and patterns don’t really matter its all about what you like. 

Photo credit: Brandi Mollica

Tip 4: Have favourite toys on hand

Have a favourite toy, book, or blanket handy, and think of activities you might like to have photographed during a lifestyle shoot such a working on a puzzle, making breakfast or even baby bath time in the sink.  

Tip 5: Relax and be yourself

Family photographers are pros are getting kids and families in a relaxed state. They come with their own bag of tricks to get people ready for their closeup.

This post is sponsored by Brandi Mollica Photography

Brandi  was born and raised in Texas but now calls Vancouver home. Her grandfather gave her his Olympus 35mm camera just before starting photography classes at the age of 16. Brandi specializes in maternity, newborn, kids, and families. Capturing natural unposed moments that refreshing and timeless.

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