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Professional Secrets for Capturing Great Family Photos

Family photos are more than capturing a moment, they are the chance to capture the energy and excitement of childhood.

We have six kids – to say that we are a photographers “logistical challenge” is an understatement. It is difficult to capture all of our children looking at the camera. So this year, instead of fighting it, we decided to embrace the chaos, with Michael Hansen, a photographer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Michael had some tips to help us prepare our family for the photos.


Get some rest!

Kids who haven’t napped or who are off on their routines are more difficult to keep happy. Try and schedule your photo shoot at a time when your kids will be the most at ease. Make sure both parents and children get a proper night’s rest. If shooting in the afternoon or evening, sneak in a good nap before getting ready for the session. A sleepy child (and parent!) make for very grumpy photos.


Dress comfortably. Michael suggests that unless you absolutely must have a black tie formal shot, something more casual works better with kids. Try and keep it light-hearted. A good rule of thumb would be: whoever you want to be the recipient of your photos (e.g. family & friends via Christmas card, Facebook, etc.), how do they normally see you?

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