So you've booked a Family Photoshoot

Now What?

So you've booked a Family Photoshoot

Now What?

I am excited to capture you and your loved ones. Custom photography is unique because it not only captures what you look like at a certain point in time, it captures who you are. I aim to capture honest photos of your family and children. The goal is not to get a stiff and posed shot with everyone looking at the camera, but to capture the true essence of your family.

I take a documentary approach to photography and use my understanding of my equipment and natural light to create images that will become works of art that you can hang in your home and pass down for generations.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session with me..


Together, we will decide on the best location for your photos. We can shoot in your home as long as your home has adequate natural light. Many clients prefer their home because of the intimate and personal feel it provides.

I have a few locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new locations as well.

We can also use my studio and my bush acreage at The Palms, Gympie.

You should choose a location that fits your style and personality. I can help you along with this decision.


If we are shooting in your home, any time will do as I will bring lighting.

If we are shooting outdoors we will shoot either in the morning or in the evening. The light is typically too harsh mid day. If your children are up for it, shooting one to two hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere.

If you have young children we need to work around their nap times. However gorgeous the light is, we won't get as many beautiful images if your child is tired and cranky.

Length of Session

The good news is, I am super fast! My family portrait sessions rarely last more than an hour. Don't worry, I can easily get a diverse and adequate gallery in that time.

What to wear

Wear Outfits that compliment each other in both tone and texture.

Try to steer clear of matching outfits. Trust me on this one.

It really doesn't look good when everyone is dressed exactly the same. 

It also tends to make the clothes the focus of the images rather than the people.

Soft or natural tones, pale pastels, neutrals or earthy tones works best

This includes rich colours such as deep greens, Burgundy, deep blue, mustard and orange.

A bright colour pop can also work wonders at helping create an interesting image.

Textures work great ( denim, wool, linen, cotton and corduroy) 

Layering also adds depth.