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5 Helpful Tips to Prepare for your Family Photo Session

After years of doing family photography in Green Bay, Door County, Appleton and the surrounding areas, I have created a Welcome Guide to prepare my clients for a successful session.

I’m sharing a few of those tips with you below!

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PLAN AHEAD

Fall is a crazy busy time for family photographers and their calendars fill up fast. Reach out to your photog THIS SUMMER to ensure you get on her schedule.

COORDINATE YOUR WARDROBE

This may be the most stressful part for moms, but it’s not as hard as you think. For instance, pick 2-3 colors and have everyone wear a shade of those color palettes.

There’s ways to coordinate your outfits without being too matchy-matchy . Your photographer should help with this as well. 😉

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MENTALLY PREP THE KIDS

Tell them you’re going to a photoshoot and it’s going to be fun! Tell them it’s also important to put on their listening ears, follow directions and smile big! On a side note: schedule your session at a time when your kids are well-fed and have had a nap. As a result, they will be more cheerful.

GET DAD ON BOARD

It’s no secret some men hate doing family photos because trying to wrangle a bunch of kids can be tough. If this is the case, I tell moms to remind their husbands that their babies will only be little once, and that these family photos mean so much to you! Happy, helpful dads equals happy kids.

HAVE FUN !

You’re hiring a professional photographer to pose you, interact with your children, sing funny songs and play peek-a-boo to get real smiles (not cheesy fake ones). All you have to do is have fun with your children during the session; the photog does all the hard work. And if your kids just aren’t having it, your photographer should have a few tricks up her sleeve to still capture those heartwarming images you’ll treasure forever!

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Want the full guide including my “What to Wear” outfit ideas and “10 Tips to Rock Your Photo Session?”

Schedule a phone call HERE to chat about a full-service photography experience with me!

We’ll go over what you envision for your session, how you want to display your images in your home and get your session on the calendar. Then, you’ll receive my full prep guide and an in-home pre-session consultation where I can meet your family and help you figure out what size wall portraits work for your space. I even place your print order for you and personally deliver it to you, ready to display in your home! These services are included in my session fee!

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You won’t regret getting family photos done – I’d hate for you to regret NOT getting them done!

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