Family photoshoots are a wonderful way to capture precious moments and create lasting memories. However, organizing a successful photo shoot with the entire family can sometimes be challenging. To help you make the most of this experience, we’ll share 7 tips to plan a family photo shoot that is enjoyable yet results in stunning photographs. Now, let’s get started!

Plan It in Advance

When organizing a family photoshoot, you must consider everyone’s availability and schedule the shoot when children are well-rested and in good spirits. But the time should not only suit the kids’ needs and schedule, but it should also provide you with beautiful light for your shots. Golden hour and early morning are some of the most common options.

Besides, by planning the shoot in advance, you’ll be able to prepare clothes, find a suitable location, get yourself a camera, etc., and ensure you have everything by the time. Planning will help you avoid last-minute stress and ensure everyone is prepared.

Make Your Family Feel Comfortable

There are lots of tricks to help your models feel comfortable in front of the camera. For example, you can play music in the background while taking photos, sing your favorite songs, make funny noises or faces, etc. You can also bring extra clothes, snacks, and drinks to keep everyone energized and happy.

Use a Tripod

To avoid camera shakes, we recommend you use a tripod. This stand is designed to support a camera for stability and precise positioning. There are many affordable tripods you can order for your photoshoot. A lightweight tripod is better because it can easily be carried to different locations.

Try Common Posing Ideas

As non-professional models, your family might need help coming up with posing ideas during a photoshoot. So it’s better to think through it in advance. It’s a good idea to look for references for group photos and portraits online. Here are a few general tips that you might find useful:

  • Use a slightly higher camera angle when shooting people with double chins.
  • If there’s a big height difference between people in the shot, ask the taller one to stand a little further to make the gap look smaller.
  • Don’t shoot from the side if the person feels uncomfortable with their nose or chin.

But you can combine pictures with traditional poses with photos “without poses.” It would help if you let your kids be kids and simply take a few shots of them having fun. Just relax, laugh, and enjoy the experience. This way, your photos look natural and help you preserve precious memories.

Adjust the Camera

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to take superb family photos. You can use the automatic mode – the camera will adjust the focus, exposure, and other settings. But if you want to have more control, here’s what you can do to achieve the desired results:

1) Change the ISO setting. By adjusting the ISO on your camera, you can control the camera’s sensitivity to light. This is particularly useful in low-light conditions or when you want to control the exposure of your photos.

2) Use autofocus. For beginners, autofocus is often the easiest way to ensure sharp focus. In your camera menu, you can find this setting as AF.

3) Select the aspect ratio. Camera settings also allow you to choose the aspect ratio, the proportional relationship between the width and height of your pictures. The aspect ratios available will depend on your camera model, but common aspect ratios include 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, and 1:1.

4) Choose a file format. Most cameras let you take JPEG and PNG images, but we recommend you select RAW to capture more details.

Perfect Your Shots in Post-Production

When you’re done taking photos, you can give them a professional look in post-production. For example, distractions might be in the background, but you can easily remove them. You can also correct colors, resize and crop your images, stylize them with trendy filters, or add text captions. To save time, it’s better to simultaneously apply changes to all photos. This is how you can edit multiple images at once to correct all the flaws and enhance the shots in a similar style in just a couple of clicks.

Consider the Outfits

Another important thing to do is decide on a color scheme or theme for your family’s outfits. But you should consider not just the overall style and theme of the shoot but also the preferences and personal style of each family member.


When choosing the outfits, you should also consider the location and season. It’s best to avoid patterns that can be distracting in the photos. We also recommend you plan the hairstyles and makeup for the shoot in advance.

Final Thoughts

Now you know 7 hacks to organize a hassle-free family photoshoot. However, the goal is to have fun and capture beautiful moments together. So, we hope you’ll gather your loved ones, embrace the joy, and freeze those precious moments in time.