Preparing for your family portrait session



Congratulations on booking your family portrait session!  

The images that you receive will bring you and future generations much joy for many years to come and my aim is to capture to you and your family looking their personal best.

But perhaps you have some questions about preparing for your family portrait session?

If you haven’t booked yet and would like to an info pack or to talk to me about your photography needs feel free to drop me an email.



I can photograph your family in my Waiotahe studio or in a beautiful local outdoor location such as a local Opotiki beach.

You may already have in mind what you would like for your session, but here are some things to consider:

Studio Portait Experience:

  • Clean, crisp images with professional lighting and a backdrop
  • Provides interesting, dynamic light and shadows to give a creative feel


Location Portrait Experience:

  • Gives your photos a relaxed, casual feeling.
  • Natural lighting and background gives vibrant, realistic colours.
  • An excellent option for canvas prints.


What to wear?    Some tips …

Be comfortable, but wear something that’s not just comfortable but makes you feel great! 

Dress to suit the weather conditions if it’s spring, autumn or winter make sure everyone is warm especially the children 🙂

Natural fibres and textures look great, add some layers, Mums – lace looks great especially at the beach and so does an awesome floppy hat!

When it comes to what colour to choose why not check out this pinterest board for some ideas.

Avoid wearing clothes with logos, big lettering or branding.  

Generally solid colours look better than  patterns, but one idea is to pick a ‘hero’ piece – perhaps something that mum or or one of the girls in the family will wear, it’s fine if this is floral or has a pattern with different colours.  Then have everyone else pick a colour or tone from the ‘hero’ outfit and put their outfit together in that tone.

Remember the colours don’t have to just be for clothes, think outside the box and accessorize to make these images a little bit more special – scarves, hats, flowers in the hair for girls, jackets, vests, suspenders, bow ties, socks, shoes etc.

For the ladies, it’s often more flattering to wear tops or dresses with some kind of sleeve.  Skin is often lightest part of an image and that’s what the eye is naturally drawn to.  For this reason bare arms will often stand out in group photographs so sleeves are a good idea and you may like to consider 3/4 or even long sleeves depending on the weather.

Don’t have a haircut the day before (give a haircut a week or so to grow out so that it looks nice and natural).

Don’t wear bright white socks that will take the focus off your beautiful faces.

Can I Help?

If you’re not sure what to wear, why not take a snapshot of a couple of ideas you have and send it through to me, I’d be happy to make some suggestions or to help you decide.

See you at your family photography session!  I look forward to capturing lots of special ‘moments in time’ for you 🙂