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Ultimate Family Photo Shooting Guide For My Clients

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From Ordinary to Extraordinary: How My Family Photo Shooting Session Captured Your True Essence

Eyes filled with stories, a Nottingham photographer peers through the lens, ready to capture life's unwritten moments.

Hello, I am Marta Szulc, a Nottingham family photographer, and I’m excited to share my experience in capturing precious family moments with you. As a family photographer, I have seen how ordinary photo sessions can turn into extraordinary moments. In this blog, I will take you on a journey of how a family photoshoot session can capture your true essence and become a perfect gift for family members and friends.

Join the group of mums who took care of the memories of their children. Mums who like to stop in life and enjoy what they have.

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My Happy Clients!

Marta is a very professional and skilled photographer. We had 4 photoshoots (mother&daughter, family, cake smash, Xmas photoshoot) with her so far and we are extremely happy with the quality of the photos and whole experience as she does it with passion. Marta has lots of amazing ideas and she is great with kids.
Kinga Szulz

Why family photo sessions are important for your loved ones

Family photo sessions are not just about taking pictures, it’s about capturing memories that will last a lifetime. These memories will bring you back to those moments and remind you of the love and connection you share with your family. That’s why family photoshoots are so important, they capture the true essence of your family and create precious moments that you will cherish forever.

How to prepare for your family photo shoot

Before your family photo session, it’s important to prepare to make the most out of your time with your photographer. One of the first things you should do is find the right location and backdrops. As a professional photographer, I have several different backdrops to choose from in the studio or I can suggest an outdoor location that will work the most for your family. I always check all my favourite locations to make sure that I will suggest the best one for your photoshoot.

Location for Family Shoot

The first thing to remember when it comes to picking a location for your family photography session is figuring out the vibe you want. Do you want to go on an adventure or have a quiet snuggle family photography session at home, or posed studio session in painterly style? When you know the vibe and the style you want, that makes it easier to narrow down choices.

My advice to you is pick something yourkids will enjoy. The more excited they are by their surroundings, the happier they will be. If they love throwing rocks into water (what kid doesn’t?) then we can find cute creek! the key is finding somewhere that is interesting enough to keep them happy!

The best time for family photo sessions

As a family photographer, one question that I often get asked is, “When is the best time for family photo sessions?” The answer to this question depends on what kind of look and feel you want to achieve in your family photos. For outdoor sessions, the best time is usually either early morning or late afternoon, when the light is soft and golden. If you prefer indoor sessions, mid-morning or early afternoon may be better as there is usually plenty of natural light. 

The timing of your session can also depend on the age of your children and their schedules. For example, if you have young children, a morning session may be better as they tend to be more rested and in better moods. Ultimately, the best time for your family photo session is the time that works best for you and your family.

Capture Your Family's Connection: What to Expect During a Family Photoshoot

As a family photographer, I have a passion for getting to know and photographing people. My ultimate goal is to transfer that same enthusiasm to my clients so that you and your kids will walk away loving your experience.

Typically, families book a family photographer once a year at certain times, such as during spring, holidays, or to celebrate a new addition to the family. However, some families prefer booking sessions throughout the year.

Before our session, I always want to connect with the family on the phone or through messages, learn more about your family, and discover what the children like to do. It’s also essential to know how their children typically behave in front of the camera.

During the family photography session, some small children may love the camera, while others may not want anything to do with me. This information is crucial to ensure a successful session.

3 Tips for Lifestyle Family Photoshoot

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1. Have fun

First and foremost, getting your photos should be fun! I know it can be stressful to figure out what to wear or figure out the best location for your family photography, but hopefully, I can take the stress out of that for you and share ideas for “What to wear” Aside from that clothing doesn’t matter. What matters is that your family has fun. Have fun!

This family has children who, at the time were interested in the camera and the other times didn’t really care that much. It’s important that I keep your family close together while you keep your children engaged in fun! This can mean tickling your little guy, or seeing how he can pile up and hug on Mommy. It can also mean allowing your little guy to play with leaves and talk about the colour or shape. Or maybe your little girl just wants to be held. I’m there to document that fun for you!

2. Follow your child’s lead

Once we get the important shots out of the way, you know, the one for the grandparents with everyone looking at the camera we can relax a bit. My favourite images are always the ones where we allow the child to naturally explore and get into something he or she went to do. When we let the child lead the way, they will be naturally motivated to interact and play, and this helps to bring out natural expressions from the child as well.


3. Engage your child in an activity

What to Wear for the Photo Session

Finding the perfect outfit for your family session may take a little bit of work, but you probably have great pieces already in your closet that could work together! Use the tips below to help formulate a plan. If you need help deciding what to wear, I’d love to help with that!

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5 Tips for Families for the Professional Photoshoot

  1. Coordinate your outfits by finding a colour palette you love and finding pieces that complement one another. Avoid match-match and black as your main colour. Soft muted colours and neutral colours look great.
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2. Layer and add accessories with a hat, headband, necklace, jacket or scarf.

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3. Wear clothes that are fashionable, yet still functional for the location. Keep in mind we will be moving around!

4. When it comes to patterns, a good rule of thumb is to have one or two pattered outfits for every three people included in the session. Floral prints, polka dots, and plaids work great! Also, avoid large logos or licensed clothing.

5. Shoes! Remember that you’ll want them to be comfortable as we move around, but please stay away from character-themed shoes, athletic shoes and bulky soles.

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Family photo sessions that capture the heart of your family

Once I have all the details about your family, I can capture your connection and tell your unique story through my images. 

I always recommend to bring props to add some personality to your photos and trying out different poses and backdrops. As an experienced photographer, I have some posing tips and tricks that can help create incredible images.

After the Family Photo Session

After the family photoshoot, the excitement of seeing the final images begins. Choosing the best photos can be challenging, but it’s important to choose the ones that truly represent your family and bring out the emotions and connections you share. Displaying and printing your family portraits can also bring joy and warmth to your home.

Smiling family posing together for a memorable photoshoot.

The Importance of a Professional Photographer for Your Family Portraits

Choosing a professional portrait creator for your family photo session is the best investment you can make in your family’s memories. As one of the best Family photographers, I have the experience and expertise needed to capture high-quality images that truly capture the essence of your whole family and some big smiles of the little ones. I can also get creative and fun with poses and shots and can provide you with an incredible final product that you will cherish forever.

Making the Most Out of Your Family Day

Spending quality time with your family during the lovely photo shoot can make the experience more fun and memorable. Fun activities for kids during the shoot can help keep them engaged and create unique moments that you will treasure forever. Creating these moments is the key to capturing your true essence as a family.

Displaying and printing your family portraits is also important.

our family photography portraits should be displayed and printed in a way that truly showcases your family’s unique style. Your photographer can help you choose the best prints and portraits to display in your home.

Family enjoying a photoshoot session in a beautiful outdoor location.

How to Display Your Family Portraits in Your Home and Create a Lovely Atmosphere

As a Nottingham family photographer, I know that displaying family portraits in your home is one of the best ways to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. When you showcase your family portraits, you’re not only sharing your cherished memories with your guests, but you’re also reminding yourself of all the wonderful moments you’ve shared together as a family.

So, how can you display your family portraits in a way that creates a lovely atmosphere in your home? Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started.

Photography Packages and What to Expect

Photography packages can vary, but they usually include digital images and prints. Choosing the right package for your family can depend on your needs and budget. During the appointment, you can expect a professional and relaxed environment where your family can feel comfortable and have fun while capturing precious moments.

Creating memories that will last a lifetime with family photography

Why your family photo shoot is an investment for the future

A family photoshoot is an investment in memories that will last a lifetime. As a Nottingham Family Photographer, I am committed to capturing the true essence of your family and creating incredible portraits that you will cherish forever. It’s a perfect gift for family members and friends and a way to celebrate the love and connection you share as a family. I hope this blog has inspired you to create your own extraordinary family photo shooting session and capture your true essence.

Imagine the photos you will give to your children. Little souvenirs of your love then and now

I can’t wait to meet your family and take unique photos that help to help to tell your family’s story. Check out more images in the Blog section. If you think you may be interested in booking a session, please say hello on the contact form and we can chat!