By the time we get behind the camera, I’m flustered, she’s crying, and my husband is making me promise we’ll never take another photo. But when they arrive, we’re both so thankful we took the time to capture the moment; realizing how quickly our little girl is growing up, these photos mean more each time we take one.

Do you love a good holiday photo but dread the preparation process? Here are my tips on prepping for a great family photo (without all the drama):

  1. Give yourself time. I’ve made the mistake – more than once – of waiting until the last minute to pull together an outfit, get my daughter ready, and find 5 minutes to throw my hair in a ponytail. Make sure you give yourself ample time to get ready, so you feel calm and excited for the photo session.


  1. Coordinate outfits the day before. We’re not a very, “matchy matchy” family-so, we opt for a similar color way and talk it through the day before. If you’re like me, consider pulling a few options, so you can choose what feels best the day of your photos!


  1. Make it fun. Choose a time of day that works best for your family – when you have the most energy (and in our case, after the little one has taken a nap!) and a location that feels true to you (we almost always opt for our backyard, because it’s where we spend the most time).


  1. Keep it short. We opt for a 20 minute “mini-session” with a family friend, allowing us to keep a short window for one great photo and the chance to be photographed by someone we know and love. The process is much easier as a result.


What are your tips for a great photo? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section below!

My Amazing Family!

Happy fall,


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