Getting the most from your family portrait session

what to expect and useful preperation


How long will the session take?  | How do we decide the location for the session?

On the day of the session, please plan on being with me for up to 2 hours, this means we can take our time to get the best shots without any time pressure.

We will talk about locations in advance and decide what will suit you and your family. Popular locations are the Christchurch Port Hills and and the Botanical Gardens.


What should your family wear?

You should wear clothing you feel comfortable in. Neutral colours and simple fabric patterns typically photograph best.


For families, coordinating colours tend to work better than completely matching outfits. 

You might like to think about the season, for example, if we are shooting in the autumn you may like to select a wardrobe with caramel and red tones to match the falling leaves.  Likewise, in Spring pastel colours suit the new flowers and growth.

Check out my full guide, including inspiration boards, on what to wear for a professional photoshoot here.


Engaging children in the session

I recommend talking to your older children about the session in advance. Tell them my name and explain why you would like to have their portrait taken with their new baby sister or brother. 

It can be a good idea to bring some of your children’s toys with them. We recommend keeping favourite items or electronics in a bag until their part of the session is finished, as it can be hard for children to focus on having their photograph taken if there is something they would rather be doing or a toy they don’t want to put down.


When will your gallery be ready?

I will post a "sneak peek" from your session within a couple of days of your session, so make sure you are following me on facebook and instagram!

An ordering appointment will be held at the studio 3-4 weeks after your session.

At this appointment you will be able to view your collection of approximately 20 images printed and ready for you to take home. You will select your collection and images for artwork during the appointment.


Artwork and albums will be delivered 2-4 weeks later and you will be invited to the studio to collect them.