What do I bring to my family photoshoot?
1. Bring a couple of outfit changes
First things first. Bring a few outfit changes as we only supply accessories. We know it takes a while to coordinate the colours between all family members, but 15 minutes is all you need to create a smashing outfit selection for your family photoshoot. Don’t be afraid to go all out – take your pearls out, de-dust the fanciest dress you have in your closet and get that macho suit your husband’s not worn for a decade. Casual works too of course!
We’ve had them all. Small ones and big ones, cute ones and terrifying ones. Snakes, sausage dogs, rabbits, cats, foxes, owls… you name it. You think it’s too much stress for your pet to come down to the studio? Fear not. We promise that every furry and four-legged person leaves our studio with their tummies full of sausages and treats. If you’d like to see image examples you can view more at our pet photography page.
3. Musical Instruments!
Be it a guitar, trombone, cello, or a full drum kit. We don’t mind, the bigger the better! That would definitely entertain the little ones, including your photographer.
4. Toys Toys Toys!
Nothing makes kiddos more comfortable in new places than having things they love by their side. Be it a tiny stuffed toy or a grownup-sized rocking horse – we’ll go with whatever you bring along. !
5. Items related to your favourite film or TV show
Items from your favourite film/ TV show/ cartoon. Nothing wrong with adding a touch of Hollywood to your shoot. Go wild with your imagination. Turn your baby into your idol – Yoda, Wonderwoman, Hulk, Jane Fonda, Jack Nickolson… Have a little fun with it!!
6. Anything to do with your hobbies
Football, fencing, dancing, camping, cooking… Whatever comes to your mind – show us the quirkiest side of your family
Not sure how to snaz up your outfits? Bring along your most colourful scarfs, fanciest jewellery, craziest hats and your favourite pair of sunnies. .
This is mostly for baby portraits but could be done with toddlers and younger kids. Has your baby tried cinnamon? What about lemon? Or chilli? OK maybe not chilli. We leave the spices for the parents. Bring along some extreme flavours or messy foods to capture some seriously funny moments!
Makeup – go that extra mile – watch some Kim K makeup tutorials on contouring. Also, go wild with highlighters. We all like to look natural, but it’s important to bear it in mind that natural is invisible on camera. There’s a reason a no-makeup makeup look was invented.
9. Cake Smash!
Oh dear, it’s cake ‘o clock again. Do you have a little one who has a birthday celebration coming up? Well, go to your local baker, order the most colourful and smudgy cake there is and bring it along – we’ll spend 15 minutes at the end of the shoot covering your baby in sugar and creme, capturing the funniest moments ever! Make sure you do a test run at home before coming to the shoot though – some little ones get very confused with all that mess they need to make
10. Sentimental Items.
Have you got anything from your grand-grand-grand-grandparents house that’s super nostalgic and close to you? An old watch, ancient vinyl or a super vintage stuffed toy? Bring something old but gold over, and we’ll shed a melancholic tear together. We’re always happy to listen to your stories! .
Everyone knows the stereotypical American films where teenage slumber parties turn into vicious pillow fights. Not gonna lie – we don’t go that far. But you’re more than welcome to wear your fluffiest slippers and unicorn onesies. I mean… What a great chance to see you grandad wear a minion onesie!.
12. [QUIRKY ALERT] The Benjamin Button look.
Yes, it’s as funny as it sounds. Have you seen your little ones try dad’s work clothes or mum’s shoes and necklaces? Well, we have, and it’s absolutely hilarious! Get your little one Benjamin Buttoning – there’s nothing better than seeing a little person dressed up as a full-time adult!
We hope this article has given you some great ideas on what to bring to your family photoshoot whether it is with our studio or not. You can view image examples and more information on our family experience with our family portrait photography. If you’re a new family with a little one, take a look at our newborn and baby portrait photography.