Family Portrait Session Prep

Hello there!

I'm so excited to spend some time together for your family portrait session! To help answer some common questions for those with upcoming shoots, this post will (hopefully!) provide some helpful information, tips, and advice to help you prepare for your upcoming session.

Remember these portraits are a fun keepsake and nothing to be stressed or nervous about. So, come ready to celebrate some memories, share fun stories, and spend some time together!

What To Wear

One of the first questions that comes up about a portrait session is - "what do we wear?!" The most succinct answer I can give is simple - wear what makes you and your family feel most comfortable. Our clothing is so often an extension of our personalities so whatever personality you have, own it! Please don't feel like you need to go buy new outfits for a shoot.

Most people will choose one or two outfits that are an extension of themselves or that fit the season. Lots of families are into loose color coordination - but that's up to you. Generally, I recommend staying away from neon colors, small patterns, and really loose-fitting clothing. If you have questions or want to run outfit ideas by me, I'm always happy to help! Think about the color scheme you want for your portraits. If you are into lighter, airier photos, think lighter colors. If you are into more bold colors, find some bold solids to bring.

I suggest keeping your hair and make up (if you are into that) looking natural or close to how you present yourself every day. If you don't typically wear gel in your hair or don't wear eyeliner normally, don't try it for the first time the day of your session. A good tip is trying out your outfits, accessories, etc. a few days before to nail down your look. Take some time getting settled with this before our session so that you aren't worried about what you look like the day of our shoot.


In a typical portrait session, we will visit a few locations that are in close proximity to each other. Many families like to pick locations with significance to them. I'm game for anything, so if you have something in mind, let's chat and see if we can make it happen.

Some things to keep in mind when thinking of locations:

  • Will there be lots of people in the background during the time of day we are shooting?

  • What does lighting look like? Will there be shadows in the shot?

  • Proximity of locations to each other in context of our time together

  • Are you into a more urban look or an earthy look? Think about backgrounds for portraits


We will monitor the weather and if it looks like it's going to rain or be too cloudy, I'll reach out a few days in advance and we will reschedule if need be. If you have questions or concerns, you can always reach me at or via text at 405-659-4269.


Many people like to bring props along for some of their pictures. I'm game to try any and everything so bring it along and we will work with what we have. I've included a list of prop ideas below. Again, don't feel like you have to bring these things - it's completely up to you.

  • Confetti (biodegradable please!)

  • A blanket to sit on

  • Your favorite book

  • A sign with a fun saying

  • Decorations fitting the season (a pumpkin, a present, Easter eggs, etc.)

  • Sonogram for our maternal friends

  • Your dog (warning - I will pet and dote over said dog)

Session Times

Full family sessions typically last about an hour. That being said, I'm not stressed about time and want to make sure you have lots of picture options. If we go over time, it's all good. No hidden fees or anything there.

I want to be respectful of your time and I hope you are of mine so we will make the most of our time together. Plan on changing outfits quickly (if you are planning on changing) and moving from location to location fairly quickly as well. I suggest bringing comfy shoes to walk in if we are in a location where we will be moving from spot to spot. You can always put on other shoes when we arrive at each shooting location.

Pinterest Inspiration

If you are like me, you have probably spent a considerable amount of time on Pinterest checking out ideas and finding inspiration for your portraits. If you have wish list items or things you really want to try, shoot me a message and we can definitely incorporate it into your shoot. I'm always happy to hear new ideas and try new things so pin away!

Image Use

I love to show off photography keepsakes on my social media, website, and blog. If, for some reason, you don't want images of you or your family shared on these mediums, just let me know and I'm always happy to honor your decision.

Family + Friends

Feel free to bring family or friends along for the ride. They are always a good source of encouragement (or at the very least another set of hands helping to carry around stuff!). I've had everyone from grandparents to family friends to dogs accompany a shoot before so, feel free to bring others along if you want - the more the merrier.

Turn Around Time

Typically, my turn around time for family portraits is fairly quick - about a week. After our shoot, I'll go through your images (I'm click happy so there are typically a lot) and will narrow it down to the ones that look the best. I'll then edit those pictures (providing a black/white and color copy of each photo) and load them onto a online sharing site.

You will end up with anywhere from 75-100 edited images. As soon as they are ready, I'll shoot you a message to let you know. You will have a few months to download your images to use as you'd like! If you would like images on a flash drive, just let me know and we will add $20 to your total. Even with a flash drive, you will still get a link to an online download site as well.

Again, I'm looking forward to our time together and if you have questions, feel free to reach out. I'm always happy to help. Looking forward to creating some great keepsakes for you!

In celebration,


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