Photography Advice for Taking the Perfect Family Picture - Angieslist

Photography Advice for Taking the Perfect Family Picture - Angieslist

If it’s time to update your family portrait, you need to prepare for your session with your photographer and also with your family so you get the best results possible.

Angie's List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies, asked it’s highly rated photographers about how to capture the perfect picture and save a few bucks.

How to Have a Stress-Free Family Photo Shoot:

  • Talk to the photographer prior to the session about the kind of look you want and the results you want to achieve. Do you want an indoor or outdoor photo shoot? Posed photos or candid? Will the photographer come to you? We’ve heard from Angie’s List members who prefer to schedule the shoot at home so the family is more relaxed in their element.
  • Schedule the session around the best times for the kids. If you have kids, schedule the session after naps and meals to ensure the little ones are happy, well-rested and relaxed.
  • If you are including the family pet in on the photos, take your dog for a good walk before the session and bring treats. Many photographers will meet you at a park or come to your home. If you have a high energy dog, this may be a better option than going to a studio.
  • When choosing what to wear for the photo session, coordinate the clothes. They don’t have to match, but don’t have to clash either.
  • Get a couple of available photo shoot dates from your relatives before you call the photographer. That way you don’t have to keep going back and forth trying to set an appointment. Don’t wait until the last minute to book an appointment.


Money Saving Tips on Photos:

  • A photo session and pictures can cost anywhere from a couple hundred of dollars to a thousand dollars.
  • Many photographers offer discounts for many different things – so it doesn’t hurt to ask! Some offer “baby plans” in which you can save money by committing to more than one session. Others offer “mini sessions” that have shorter, less expensive session fees.
  • Instead of purchasing the entire photo shoot on DVD, which the photographer initially suggested, one Angie’s List member purchased just a handful of photos, but asked the photographer to put them on a disc – that way she didn’t have to purchase the entire shoot’s worth of photos disc, but was still able to print them herself – saving even more money.
  • Don’t spend a lot of money on a new outfit that you or your children will only wear once. If you want to buy something special, make sure it is something that will be worn again.

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