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How To Prepare For The Perfect Outdoor Family Portrait Session

How To Prepare For The Perfect Outdoor Family Portrait Session

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Photo via Chelsea Liz



Capturing family memories through photographs is a special way to document the growth of your family. An outdoor photo session can be especially meaningful, as it allows you to capture the natural scenery in your photos while including your pets or farm animals. It’s important to take the necessary steps in order to ensure that your family portrait session goes smoothly and produces beautiful images, which is why you'll need to take some time to prepare ahead of time. In this blog post courtesy of Chelsea Liz Photography, we've compiled a list of tips and tricks that will help make this experience stress-free.

Have Backup Outfits for Small Children

Having backup outfits is always a good idea, especially when there are children involved in the photo session. Kids move around a lot, which means if they get dirty, having a second outfit can help reduce any stress associated with cleaning up before taking pictures. Additionally, having extra layers can be useful if it gets cold during the shoot.

Pack Bug Spray, Sunblock, and Makeup for Touch-Ups

Pack bug spray and sunblock to keep everyone protected from potential pests and harmful UV rays throughout the shoot. Additionally, make sure to bring makeup for touch-ups in case someone sweats or gets too much sun during the session. Having these items on hand will ensure that everyone looks their best in the photos, no matter what the season.

Make Sure Everyone Eats Beforehand and Bring Non-Messy Snacks

It's a good idea to make sure everyone eats beforehand so that no one is distracted by hunger during the photo session. Bringing non-messy snacks will also be helpful in case anyone starts feeling hungry during the shoot as well as preventing sticky hands from getting on clothes or props. These might include dry cereal, dried fruit, or raw veggies.

Plan Your Shoot for a Time When Kids Are Well-Rested

Kids tend to get cranky when they're not well-rested, so plan your shoot for a time when kids are fresh out of bed so they are energized and ready to go. This will help keep them engaged throughout the entire photo session and prevent any meltdowns due to exhaustion or sleepiness. Not only that, but this will help cut down on stress for you as well.

Utilize The Photos For Things Like Holiday Cards

It would be wise to set your shoot for a time of year when you can use those photos as gifts or cards for special occasions such as birthdays or holidays using Adobe Express. Doing so allows you to make use of these professional photos throughout different times of the year while capturing beautiful memories as well. Here are a few projects you can make with Adobe:

  • Make a stunning photo card to send out to friends or family. This is perfect for milestone events! Adobe’s tools make the process super quick and easy.

  • Create a great blog post with striking images and engaging copy and share your family’s portraits with your followers. The best part? Each template is designed to look great on any device, so your followers will never miss a thing.

  • You don’t need design skills to create a gorgeous desktop wallpaper. Adobe makes it super easy, and you can have a beautiful reminder of your family’s special day completed in minutes. Choose your colors and customize the wallpaper with different fonts or icons.

  • Create a beautiful photo calendar that uses a different family photo for each month of the year. You can hang one up at home or send them to loved ones around the holidays.

Taking family portraits outdoors is an exciting way to create lasting memories with your loved ones. However, it requires preparation and planning ahead of time in order to get beautiful shots without any hiccups along the way. Be sure to have backup outfits for small children and plan your shoot for the best possible time for everyone. Talk to your photographer beforehand to ensure that they understand any special needs you may have so that the day will go even more smoothly.

Want to get in touch with Chelsea Liz Photography? Reach out today to talk about your ideas for a family portrait.


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