Preparing For A Family Session

Updated: Jul 30, 2019


If you have a family session coming up, you probably have lots of questions as you prepare. Custom photography is unique because it not only captures what you look like at a certain point in time, it captures who you are. I aim to capture honest photos of your family and children. The goal is not to get a stiff and posed shot with everyone looking at the camera, but to capture the true essence of your family. I take a documentary approach to photography and use my understanding of my equipment and natural light to create images that will become works of art that you can hang in your home and pass down for generations. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session with me.


Length Of Session: The good news is, I try to be fast! My family portrait sessions typically last around an hour. Don't worry, I can easily get a diverse and adequate gallery in that time.


What To Wear:​ Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching, but rather coordinating. I am happy to consult you directly on wardrobe if you are interested.


Weather:​ If it is scheduled to rain, we will keep in close communication the day before and I will plan some alternative indoor spaces. If the weather is not cooperating, you will also have the option to reschedule if you would prefer a specific outdoor location.


Props:​ I will bring a blanket to the session for any seated poses, if it is not raining. Beyond that, I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me know.


Your Children:​ Remember that children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural self. Don't worry if your child is running about and active, most of the images you see of young children on my site were captured while the child or toddler was busy playing and exploring.

To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply "be" with the child, or hold the child and we go from there.


To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session.


Prepare the child for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it's best not to surprise them.


Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time: Remember, your session is scheduled according to light. It is important that we start on time. Please plan for traffic or parking constraints. It's best to arrive early.


I can't wait to capture your family! Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have.

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Safia Joy Photography

Raleigh-Durham Based Photographer