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  • Writer's pictureJulie Stoecker

Best Times for Your Family Photo Session

4 children sitting on a log smiling

Timing is always important to consider when it comes to photography, especially when children are involved. Timing can be the difference between a frustrating session and an enjoyable, memorable photoshoot. So when is the best time to have your family photo session?

family smiling on a bridge over creek


If you’re planning on having an outdoor photoshoot, try to schedule it during pleasant weather. If it’s too hot outside, you might all feel sweaty and uncomfortable. If it’s too cold, your kids might complain — and their irritation will likely show through in photos. No matter the season, just be sure to plan accordingly. Bring plenty of layers if it’s cold outside, and wear breathable fabrics if it’s warm.

Close up of mom and dad kissing daughter on cheeks


Make sure children (and adults!) are well-fed before the photoshoot. If they’re hungry, they might start to get a little antsy and cranky. If you’re planning on going to dinner after the photoshoot, give your kids a healthy snack before the session and pack along a few extra snacks just in case.

Close up of girl smiling in wooded area


Nothing makes kids grouchy and uncooperative like being tired. Be sure that your family photoshoot doesn’t interrupt any of your kids’ nap time or bedtime routines.

4 kids smiling next to creek in woods


The best time for natural lighting is either two hours before sunset or two hours after sunrise. However, if neither of those times is ideal for your children, let your photographer know. Experienced photographers can shoot beautiful photos at any time of day.

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