I hope that some of what I wrote in my first post of Tips on how to rock your family pictures (you can read it here) have helped some of you to prepare for your upcoming family photo shoots! Here are a few more tips that I thought I would share to make sure that you are fully prepared for your shoot!

What time is best?

The best time of the day for photographs is just after sunrise and before sunset. At these times of the day the sun is lower, less harsh and has optimal light for great images. Most families opt for morning shoots as the kids are ‘fresher,’ less exhausted and happier in the morning but it all depends on what works with your family.

Expect the unexpected

As a mother, I know that things don’t always go to plan and that occasionally children may not be in the mood for photos.  That’s ok, it happens all the time and we can work with that!

Children will pick up if you are tense or stressed and it will also come across in the photographs.

Kids will be kids, one of the things I love most about working with kids is that they are unpredictable. Be prepared for tantrums, for fast-moving energy filled kids, and general chaos!  That is the beauty of having family photos, you will be able to look back on them and remember exactly how life was and what funny quirky stage your kids were going through at the time!

The best way to prepare kids is to talk with them before your shoot and let them know what will be happening.

Things that can come in handy at a family photo shoot

  • It’s a great idea to bring a change of clothes for small children, we all know how easily they can get dirty or have an ‘accident’.
  • Bring baby wipes, dummies/comfort toys, but only bring toys/comforters that you are happy to appear in the photos.
  • Some snacks for little ones, but please don’t bring any food or drinks that could stain their clothes, teeth or face (like coloured drinks or lollies).
  • Willingness to be silly. Kids love it when parents are silly and play and have fun with them and that’s exactly what you want to capture in family photos.


There is just one last thing that you need to remember………..relax and have some fun!


If you would like to book a family session with me in and around the beautiful Barossa Valley, all you have to do is click here!

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