Checklist For Family Photos


You scheduled the family photos, give yourself a pat on the back! Before your session, make sure you go over this checklist!

Checklist For Family Photos

How To Prepare For Family Photo Session

The Woodlands Photographer

Fall is fast approaching and you need quick, easy to read details on how to prepare. Don’t worry- I got your back, friend! Photos are stressful enough without having to worry about what you should be doing to prepare. While every ANP client has access to my client closet, prep emails and of course you’re truly to help along the way, sometimes having a simple checklist is what you need in this busy season of life.

Check out my 8 tips for preparing for family photos:

  • Have your outfits picked out and planned at least a week before your session. I am always here to help, so don’t hesitate to reach out!
  • Schedule hair cuts, makeup and nail appointments. For haircuts I recommend avoiding a new style. Family photos are not the time to experiment or try a new look. Go to someone you trust and use regularly, and have that appointment set around 2 weeks before your session. As soon as you book your session date, start working on your hair and makeup appointments to make sure the artist you select has your date and time available.
  • Go over final email– I send out an email before your session to confirm location and how to prepare for your specific session type. Make sure to review those details so you are ready to go!
  • Pack snacks and water– it’s best to be prepared with any treats that may encourage your kiddos or snacks to keep everyone going (especially if your session takes place around meal time).
  • Have a second set of clothes for your kiddos– you know that feeling when you change back into comfy clothes! Having them as back up for you kids always helps!
  • Specific poses or ideas– if you have some inspo you want to share or a specific pose you do every year, make sure to bring those ideas with you to your session.
  • Prepare your family– There is a lot of pressure on family photos…try to reassure everyone that this is supposed to be fun and to embrace the moment no matter what. Tell your kiddos we are going to the explore a new spot, go for a walk or just hang out with me. It should be a relaxing time, not stressful!
  • Get a good nights rest– a few days before, I like to make sure I am feeling my best by staying hydrated and getting good sleep.

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About the Artist

Ashley Newman Photography is a Woodlands Family Photographer and Storyteller specializing in outdoor family photography. In addition to lifestyle family portraits, Ashley and her award-winning team offer day-in-the-life legacy sessions, outdoor maternity sessions, fresh 48 hospital portraits and in-home newborn photography. Ashley Newman Photography serves Montgomery county, North-Houston areas: The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Houston and Magnolia.

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