How to Prepare Your Family for a Photo Session: Tips and Tricks

Preparing your family for a photo session can be a daunting task, but with a few simple tips, you can make the experience enjoyable and stress-free. First and foremost, it’s important to communicate with your family about what to expect during the session. Among other things, you’ll need to let them know what time the session will be, where it will take place, and what they should wear. This will ensure that the day goes smoothly for everyone. In this blog post written by Adobe Express and hosted by Stephanie Lynne Photography + Films, we’ll take a look at a few ways you can prepare your loved ones for a photo session so that every shot comes out perfectly.

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Pack For The Day

No matter where your photo session will take place, it’s crucial to pack for the day the same way you would for a road trip, especially if small children will take part. Having backup outfits is an easy way to ensure that everyone looks their best, while bug spray and sunscreen will be helpful during an outdoor photo shoot. Bringing snacks that aren’t too messy–such as dry cereal–will help keep little ones calm and full so they can focus on the task at hand. You might also bring makeup and/or hair accessories for touch-ups.

Help Children With The Concept

Create Keepsakes Using Adobe Express

Now, you don’t have to rely solely on the images themselves to tell your family’s story. With a free app like Adobe Express, you can create keepsakes such as photo calendars or cards that can be shared with your loved ones online or in-person. Here are a few ways you can help your family remember this time forever:

Lastly, don’t forget to have fun! A photo session is a great opportunity to capture cherished memories with your family, so relax and enjoy the moment. Encourage your family to interact and have fun with each other, as this will result in more natural and candid photos. With these tips in mind, you can prepare your family for a photo session that will result in beautiful, lasting memories.

Ready to book a family photo session?

A photography session should not only produce beautiful images, but it should also be an enjoyable stress free experience. Online Booking, joyful sessions, optional short films, and digital downloads make everything simple and fun!

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Capture this season of life with beautiful photos and films. Hand crafted films are available as an option with your customized photo session. Photos are special, but films capture the details that you won’t want to forget.

What To Expect with your 
Family photography session

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Pre COnsultation

We will start planning your perfect session. Everything from what to wear to which location best fits your family. Our pre consultation can happen via email or the phone. When booking a session a $50 deposit will be required to hold your session date.

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60 minute Session With Optional Wardrobe Change

We will spend a minimum of one hour together capturing the best memories of you and your family. You will have the option to change outfits midway through if you would like.

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60+ Hand-edited Images

After your session I spend time perfecting your images with hand edits. Typically final edits result in 60+ beautiful images for you to choose from. You can select 20 of your favorite photos (included in the price of your session) or purchase the full gallery for a small fee.

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sneak peeks

I know you’re excited to see your images! can’t wait to show you! I guarantee a sneak peek (or two) within the 48 hours of your session. Feel free to share these images with friends and family, I know they will love them!

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Final Gallery Review and photo selection with 1-2 weeks

After your session is complete and I have time to hand edit and perfect all of your images I will send you your gallery via an online gallery. After that you can choose your favorite 20 digital images (included in the session price). In addition to your session you can purchase the full gallery or short film for an additional fee. 

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A customized, stress free family session 

Most importantly, create lasting memories while I document them. My family sessions are different than what you might be used to. Above all, I just want you to have fun! I will help you pick out what to wear, find the perfect location, have the perfect quilt/blanket to sit on, and everything else. In short, all you have to worry about is making memories with your family and letting me capture your joy.

Hi, I’m Stephanie, your Colorado Springs family photographer

I’m so glad you’re here! I am a family photographer with over 10 years of experience specializing in family, maternity, birth, newborn photography and short films.

We probably have a lot in common. I am an Air Force wife and mother to 4 children(and 2 dogs). Most days feel long, but I know the years are short. I am just trying to slow down time and create joyful memories with my family. My mornings usually start with a kid or two waking me up. I start each morning with a cup of coffee. I think the outcome of my day solely depends on if I am able to finish my cup before it gets cold.

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capture life as it is now

I love working with families who want to capture life as it is now. Because in the blink of an eye, “someday” becomes a year from now. Throughout the tiresome days, tiny but meaningful moments are happening within your family that you won’t want to miss out on capturing. Things you don’t know you’re missing are the things you’ll always want to remember. The kiddos grow so much year to year and it is important to capture them in this season of life, whatever season that might be.


“My husband and I are awkward, will you tell us what to do?” Of course! I don’t like to do unnatural or super posed shots, but I will give you some light direction on how to stand or position yourselves so there are no awkward photos. I’ll encourage kids to relax, play and snuggle up with mom and dad. Tickle fights, silly words, or big bear hugs happen on the regular to capture the most authentic and genuine smiles. Don’t worry I’ll let you know if you’re doing something funny with your hands, or have a goofy face. I’m here to capture joy while making sure you look good! 

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As a family photographer and a mom of 4 kids, I am drawn to those candid moments, but I understand that most clients want classic, look at the camera and smile shots, too. We will do a mixture of both styles, with various backgrounds so you have a variety of images to choose from in your final gallery. I know my favorites won’t always be your favorites. If you prefer more candid than posed, or vice versa, just let me know either at booking or at the start of your session and I’ll make sure I capture photos you will love and cherish. 

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Stephanie Lynne Photography and Films

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