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Wear something you feel comfortable and good in.

The day of your family photoshoot may cause great excitement! Don’t produce brand new outfits for the children that they haven’t seen before, especially if they are fussy about what they wear! Do try to make sure that everyone wears something that reflects their personality, rather than everyone looking like a matching set of clones. You might want to avoid the white-t-shirt-and-jeans combo unless you all wear those all the time!

Remember to pack a hairbrush and a mirror and anything else you might need to look your best when you get there.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in for your family photoshoot

Schedule a time when you or your children won’t be tired or hungry.

You might be thinking about heading out for lunch or dinner after your photoshoot, but hungry people aren’t always the best subjects! If you’re planning to go on to eat later, make sure you have a drink and a snack before the photoshoot. Bring along some extra snacks and water just in case, but make sure they’re not the type of snacks to leave a stain if someone has a spill!

Have a wet weather plan – essential for photoshoots in Scotland!

Let’s face it, the weather in Scotland isn’t always the best, even in the middle of summer! Discuss in advance what you’ll do in the case of bad weather. Reschedule for another date? Carry on outdoors with umbrellas? Relocate to the studio or an indoor venue?  Be aware that most indoor venues (and some outdoors) need you to apply for permission two to four weeks before the date of the photoshoot, and there is often an admin charge levied by the landowner or local council.

Image showing a couple in a bus stop, with a large umbrella beside them. Have a wet weather plan for your photoshoot!
Have fun with your family!

Try to forget the photographer is there for a while, and do what you normally do. Throw your children in the air, share some kisses, tell some Dad jokes…just be yourselves, and let the kids be silly too! The result will be photos that capture the essence of your family.

Don’t feel rushed.

Take time to relax and get used to the camera. Sometimes it takes a while to settle in to a photoshoot, but don’t worry about that! Your photographer will have built in plenty of time to get the photos that you want. On the other hand, if people are losing enthusiasm, don’t feel you have to keep going. Take a break for a drink of water, or a snack (see above!), but if everybody has had enough and there are some good shots in the bag, don’t be afraid to call it a day.

~Susan

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