It may seem a little daunting if you've never have had a professional shoot before, but I assure you it can be a lot of fun and can leave you with some great memories! Here are some tips on how you and your family can prepare for your family shoot.
Clothing- "What do we wear!?" is the most popular question and I always suggest wearing something that you're comfortable in. Some other important elements to consider: are we shooting outdoor or indoor? Will there be a lot of walking? What will the weather be like? Is there access to a washroom so you can do an outfit change (in case you have a longer session and want both casual and formal photos)? My only request is that I tell my clients to avoid neon clothing as it tends to reflect. If you have a neon green shirt, it's likely you'll have a neon green chin (eep!). I think it's also great if you are able to coordinate your clothing. That may mean, perhaps you all want to wear the same style and/or color of pant, you may want to stick with a certain color palette for your tops. It doesn't have to be too matchy-matchy, but harmony can look great.
Pets- Some may want to bring their pet along with them to their family shoot because those furry friends are part of the family too! If you plan to do this, make sure that your pet is comfortable in this sort of setting (ex. good with people and other animals). Also, make sure the location is animal friendly. Lastly, make sure you have scheduled enough time because having an animal with you on the shoot may take up extra time. Treats may be a good thing to bring so you can reward them for their good behavior. I suggest bringing water too, just in case.
Big Groups- If you and your family members are a group of 10+ make sure you discuss what different grouping shots you would like, if any. This will save time of the shoot day.
Nerves- As I mentioned above, shoots can be a little daunting if you haven't ever done this sort of thing before, or if you're not particularity comfortable in front of the camera. Here's the good news, most people aren't experienced in front of the camera so there's comfort in that, you're not alone! Try not to overthink it because it's my job to make you feel comfortable. All you have to do is show up and I'll do my best to guide you on what to do while you're there! :)
Just be you- As cheesy as that may sound, it's the truth! It's my goal to give you some traditional and candid family memories that you can hang on your wall, but I don't be afraid to get silly. This shoot is suppose to represent you as a family so have fun with it!