5 Tips for a Successful Photoshoot

Here are my 5 tops tips for a successful photoshoot:

  1. Show up early to your session. I know this sounds minimal, but showing up early can help ground you before your session even starts. Being there 5-10 minutes early is enough time to make sure everything is packed and ready to go (food/snacks/accessories), and it’s a great time for your kids to get out of the car and explore the scenery! Trust me, showing up late is a huge stressor for you and your kids, and it’s worth getting there a few minutes early.
  2. Pack water and mess-free snacks for your kids! Please note: mess-free snacks are key. Packing a bright blue lollipop is a no-go during family photos. I suggest pretzels, nuts, apple slices, grapes, granola bars, and gummy bears. Snacks are a great way to prevent meltdowns during your session, so it’s important to have them on hand. 
  3. Love on your little ones and on your partner! Seriously, I want you to snuggle and love on your kids during your photoshoot. You never have to direct your kids, as that’s my job, and I don’t want you to stress about your kids. I can handle them—I promise! I have kids of my own, so I know the ropes. Also, don’t forget about your partner. They need a little lovin’ too. 😉
  4. Prep your husband before the session. Yes, you heard me right! Almost every inquiry I receive from moms mentions that their husband is awkward in front of the camera. The more you prep your husband for your family session, the more calm and open he will be during the shoot! Chat with him about the details of your session, let him know to play with his kids during the shoot, and make sure to love on your husband when you arrive. A hug and a kiss go a long way when it comes to breaking down walls, and the love will easily show up on camera. 
  5. Wear something that you LOVE. If your attire is uncomfortable, or you don’t feel good about what you are wearing, there’s a chance you will have a negative outlook during your session. I want you to feel drop-dead gorgeous and be completely comfortable in your clothes and skin! Also, this goes for your kids. If you want them to wear a certain outfit, let them know beforehand and discuss why you chose the outfit. This may be bad advice, but sometimes bribery is the best option. Just sayin’!

If you utilize these 5 tips, I promise you will feel so much more prepared for your big moment!


I’m Christina, a lifestyle, maternity, and family photographer in the East Bay Area. As your photographer, my goal is to document your family’s REAL story and honest emotions. I want to capture genuine smiles, silly laughter, and even those sassy moments that your toddler might have! If you are searching for a heavily posed session, I’m not your person. If you want to have fun, possibly rock out to some music, and have a stress-free session, I am most definitely your person!