So you've got a photography session coming up with your little one. Excited? Chances are he's dreading it and you're worrying if the kids will behave! But you've booked it anyway because you want some photos to look back on that you are actually in. Sound familiar?


I've put together this guide to give you an idea of what to expect and a few tips on what you can do to make your session go as smoothly as possible so you can just relax and enjoy it...



First up, clothes! This is usually the first thing people worry about. It's really important to think carefully about what you wear for your session as these are images that will be displayed on your walls for many years to come, that will be passed down to your children and your children’s children. So it's probably best to try and avoid Peppa Pig dresses or Thomas the Tank Engine tops and follow these simple tips…





With an in-home photography session, it's important to consider the decor in the rooms we'll be shooting in and how the colours you wear will look against the backdrop of your home. I would advise you to pick a base colour and then add in co-ordinating neutrals such as ivory, white, pale grey, beige. Try and avoid black and neons.  




Don't try to match everyone's outfits. Think complementary and cohesive, not matchy-matchy. Be careful to avoid choosing too many different colours or patterns. 3 or 4 colours is a good rule of thumb. You should also make sure that you all dress for the same occasion and weather, even though we'll be indoors. An Oscar-ready mum, a dad in a t-shirt and the kids in chunky winter knits don't make for very cohesive images! 




With babies, try and make sure that whatever they are in fits them well. So try and avoid anything that's a little big for them. You probably don't need me to tell you this, but with babies it's wise to have more than one outfit on hand! You don't need to go all-out glam for your session. You want to look like you and if you aren't comfortable in what you are wearing it will show in your photos. So opt for a smartish casual look. Avoid logos and branding, anything fussy, and anything too trendy that will date quickly. Keep it classic. And don't forget to consider your home decor.





Check out my Pinterest board for some inspiration on choosing outfits for your autumn session. If you need any help or advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  


Whilst you may be worrying about what you'll wear and how well behaved everyone will be, and whilst I'd love to guarantee that there will be no tears or tantrums, I can't. What I can tell you though is that when it's all over you'll be so glad that you captured these early months together. And we'll have some laughs and giggles whilst we're doing it. I know how stressful having your family photographed can be, so I'm here to help to make it as relaxed and as fun an experience as I can. So take a look at this guide and feel free to give me a shout if you have any other questions.


If you fancy a little bit of advice on what to wear from a well-seasoned fashion professional, I recommend a consultation with Becky's Wardrobe. Becky is on a mission to help women positively connect with and rewear the wardrobe they already own. She works with women to style their existing clothes, learn how to manage their wardrobe and to shop more considerately. She also rents out her own personal wardrobe for others to enjoy. Take a peek at her Instagram.

So perhaps she'll have something you can rent that will look amazing on you in your photos? Or maybe you already have the perfect outfit but need some guidance on how to really wear it? Keen to help women create looks they love and that they feel good in, Becky will help you confidently step into any moment. Including a family photoshoot!  

Becky offers a tailored service to families that have booked with me. So if you're struggling with what to wear to your session, why not a book a 15 minute complimentary telephone conversation with Becky. After your consultation, you can agree on a bespoke price tailored to you. 




Next up, misbehaving babies and children! Please don't worry about this. Babies will be babies, kids will be kids and as a mum myself I've seen it all before. I've got lots of tricks up my sleeves. So don't stress and don't worry if they're a little grumpy, if they won't look at the camera or give me a big cheesy grin, because I'm after natural moments and smiles anyway. There are a few things you can do to prepare older kids for a family photoshoot though. Just click the button below to find out what these are.

For those with young babies, I would usually recommend having the shoot in the morning so they are bright and alert. It is best to avoid scheduling the session right before nap time, for reasons I'm sure I don't need to explain! But you know your baby better than anyone else. Schedule the session for when you think they will be at their brightest. There is no time limit but family photography sessions can generally be done in less than 2 hours. It's usually quite obvious when everyone has had enough! 

As we're doing this in your home, there is a little bit of prep you can do beforehand. Take a look around at which rooms have the best light. Think about a bedroom with a bed big enough for you all to squish onto. The babies nursery or bedroom. The living room where you all live your lives. Tidy them up and pack away anything we don't really want in the photos, like piles of laundry, empty coffee mugs! We want the focus to be on your family, not what's in the background. If we're using a bedroom, put clean, light, neutral coloured bed sheets on and give them a bit of an iron first. If you want bare skin photos of your baby, put the heating on. If you're too hot, that's about right!






After your session, I will head on home and spend some time choosing the best photos to tell your story. When they are ready you will receive an online viewing gallery of 25 beautifully retouched images. This will typically take around 2 weeks. After you've had time to look through your gallery, you can choose which digital package you would like to purchase. If you are interested, I can also send you info on some lovely ways you can display your images. Because it would be a shame to let your investment exist only on your hard drive.


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