The three common mistakes to avoid making during your family session

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When it comes to your family session, there are no ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ – there is simply you and your family and your unique, shared story. Once you and I have discussed your family’s style and your wishlist, there’s little left to think about. But, there are a few small pointers that will help your family session result in the most beautiful, natural photography you’ll want to revisit time and time again.

Here are some of the common mistakes I see made during a family session (that you won’t have to make after reading this): 

  • Striving for perfection
    Sure, it pays to be prepared, and have everyone feeling their best before you arrive, but aiming for perfection during your photo shoot is not the name of the game. With me, your family session is about capturing your personal story in a natural, emotive way – in all its loved-up glory. Your family photo shoot is not the time to make your family look as if it’s about to appear in a commercial catalogue. This is an opportunity to capture a real, authentic moment in time – chaos and all. So take a deep breath, allow your family to present its true self and let me do the rest, while you remain present and enjoy the session.
  • Trying to replicate another family’s session
    This one’s an easy mistake to make – and just as easily avoided. After looking at your photographer’s portfolio, you may think, ‘This is the exact shoot I want for my family!’. But no two families are alike. And, similarly, no two family sessions are the same. As the adage suggests: variety is the spice of life. A useful exercise is to take a look at the photos you love from the photographer’s portfolio and figure out what you’d like to do similarly – is it the setting you like, or is it the relaxed nature of the photos? Did you like the way the family was dressed, or is it the joy they’re exuding? Chat to your photographer about what you like – then make your own memories, and co-create your own legacy with your family. Trust me, you’ll love the results all the more for it.
  • Rushing to arrive on time
    To avoid feeling flustered, rushed, hot and bothered when you arrive for your shoot, allow (a) plenty of time to get ready at home, and (2) plenty of time to arrive for your shoot. This way, you’ll all be feeling ready to go when the lens cap comes off. The photographer may have chosen a time of day where the light is just right, so be sure to check the details, time and address before the day. I let my family’s know if they need anything specific – be it comfortable walking shoes or insect repellent. All you need to do is arrive feeling relaxed, with time to spare. 

If you found these tips helpful, you might like to read my previous post: ‘What to wear to your family photo shoot’ or head to my testimonials page to see what other people have to say what a family shoot is like with me. 

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