Portrait Preparation

When families call to book a photo shoot with me the number one question I get asked is …”what should we wear?”

Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret… you don’t have to match, just make sure you coordinate. I love the classic jeans and white or black shirts, it’s timeless and never goes out of style… however, when you have young children in your family those little people have a style all of their own.

If your children are anything like my 4 year old, there is no way they are going to want to come dressed in anything other than their favorite dress up costume and gumboots! Although this look may capture their personality beautifully in a solo portrait, it’s not going to match the rest of the family for your group photos.

Don’t become stressed out that you don’t all have matching tops, or go out and spend money on outfits you know the kids are NEVER going to wear again. Instead, pick a colour scheme you are all happy with and stick to it.

Below is a colour schemes chart that you can use as a guide for your next family portrait. Alternatively, if you are having Autumn photos, dress in seasonal colours; the same goes for winter… you would be surprised how beautiful a bland colour scheme like grey/black and white looks when it includes scarves and beanies.



Make sure children are well fed before the shoot, this will keep them happy for a lot longer than if you promise them lunch after the session. You can always pack a couple of muesli bars into a handbag as a snack just in case.

I always come prepared with some great ideas for your photo shoot and a lot of families are happy for me to guide them through different poses. However if, for example, you have a staircase and wanted 5 individual portraits of the family going down the wall, please let me know so I can make sure to include these shots for you.

It is important to me that your session be relaxed and fun, especially for the little members of the family. Children will often want me to take photos of their silly faces or their highest jump; whilst parents can get apprehensive that they are wasting time not smiling these photos make fantastic storyboards for kids rooms.