How To Prepare For Your Family Photo Session


How To Prepare For Your Family Photo Session

Ashley Newman Photography

Friend, I know it can be hard to get in front of the camera. It's a lot of work to plan a family photo session for your children and husband, not to mention show up looking and feeling your best as well! If you are anything like me, you are normally the one taking the pictures, not posing for them. So I understand it can be a little intimidating and stressful to organize it all.

The Phillips family is just like you and me. Lacie runs her own business and chases her babies all day. Kyle works and provides for his family. A typical day at their house normally involves a potty training accident, loads of snack crumbs, a crying baby, and more snuggles and love than you can shake a stick at. To say I feel utterly comfortable in their home is an understatement: they are down-to-earth, honest-to-goodness, good people. 
And they pulled off an effortless family photo session!  

How did they exude confidence and finish their session with everyone smiling? 

Wardrobe: Lacie put herself first. She planned her outfit before anyone else. When she felt comfortable and like she looked good in her clothing, she started to plan everyone else. She also took the time to schedule hair and makeup. 

Collaborator: The Phillips considered themselves partners in creating memories of their family. There will be times when the photographer wants you to engage with them, but there are other times when the photographer is simply observing. They used that time to be themselves and enjoy the their children. The result is natural, honest connections. 

Experience: They didn't anticipate the end result. Instead, they embraced whatever the feeling was at the moment (and with toddlers, you know that feeling can change multiple times in just a few short minutes). They were fully present with their children and that made for the best memories. 

It really can be that simple! It's too stressful to try to control the situation, or fuss over things that cannot be changed. Instead, embrace where your family is now, and let the rest unfold into your beautiful and unique story. 


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