10 Stress-Free Family & Child Session Tips

Whew chile, where do we even begin? I actually had to take a deep breath before writing this, because I KNOW just how stressful planning for picture day can be. *Cues all of the times I had to get ready for my own family’s picture day (or any picture day for that matter).

As with all families, it always seems like something’s bound to go wrong no matter how much you plan. Don’t get derailed and discouraged —HOPE is on the way!

Pedro and I have compiled ten of what we feel are the most important tips to help you and your family take the stress out of family picture day, and better prepare for your photo session.

  1. Plan to arrive to your family session at least 10-15 minutes early.
  2. Don’t forget to feed your child/children before the session (bonus if they’ve had a nap)
  3. Make sure you have a backup outfit for each child just in case, 
  4. Don’t change your child/children into their session clothing until after they eat (seeing as though we have two littles of our own, we know how hard this can be)
  5. Only give them clear liquids once they are in their session clothing, 
  6. Bring along their favorite toy or blanket, this will help them to feel comfortable during the session (it’s always smart to have a bribe in place such as fruit snacks, candy or a toy) 
  7. Have a heart to heart with your child/children about the session and explain what’s going to happen, 
  8. Talk to your significant other about the session, how the session will go and discuss what your expectations are, 
  9. Outfits: remember to coordinate instead of matching & ensure all outfits are wrinkle-free. We’re not saying you have to starch them, but you can at least throw them in the dryer for a spin,
  10. A few days prior to your session, pack a bag filled with items you will possibly need on picture day: (snacks, props, wipes, hairbrush, emergency items, etc.)

3-for-1 combo BONUS TIP: Relax, have fun, and love on your family <3.

Brittney – Humble High School Senior Pictures | Houston, Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita, Sugarland, Pearland, Tomball, CyFair, Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe, New Caney, Dallas, San Antonio, Galveston, and Austin TX |Senior, Family and Wedding Photographer

The Class of 2017 senior portrait season is beginning to wrap up, and I’m so grateful I was able to photograph Humble High School’s student athlete Brittney. She  traveled to the The Woodlands and Conroe, TX areas for her senior portraits with Melo and Me, and I really had a great time getting to know her and capturing her unique personality! 

Brittney’s personality is the perfect heterogenous mixture of goofy, fun, positive, outgoing, and eccentric. She possesses a special aurora about her that reminds me of a modern day Nina Simone, with just a cup full of eclectic style. Brittney is an artist, singer, and a volleyball and track student athlete at Humble High School. Her favorite senior class is art.Are you swooning already? 

When asked during the consultation, what favorite colors she likes to wear Brittney said, “Blue is my favorite color, but I like to wear out loud colors like what’d you see in the ’90s.”

What’s on Brittney’s playlist? “Tory Lanez, Erykah Badu, the Internet, Jhene, John Legend, and Drake”, just to name a few. 

Brittney will be attending the University of North Texas in the Fall of 2017, as a Broadcast/Journalism major. She wants to be a Sportscaster on a major television network in the future. 

Did you enjoy reading and viewing Brittney’s senior pictures as much as I did?  Leave a comment or share Brittney’s session on social media.

Melo and Me Photography is now booking senior portraits in The Woodlands, Humble, TX and surrounding areas! Give me a call at (832) 856-0923 or fill out the form below to get in touch! I can’t wait to see what we can create.

Hawthorne Family Session in Jasper, Tx | Houston, Kingwood, Sugarland, Pearland, The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe, Jasper, Beaumont, Cleveland, New Caney, Humble, TX Senior, Family, and Wedding Photographer

I was ecstatic when Erica contacted me about booking a sibling session of her children. Erica and I first met a few years back, when I was in high school. She and a few other amazing women ran the JHS Basketball Booster Club. My baby sister and her daughter, Amiah are great friends and her son, Amaud is a character (he seriously needs to go into acting). Amiah’s into sports, fashion, and dancing while Amaud is a country cowboy at heart.  

I appreciated Erica’s trust in allowing me to capture her children’s personalities. Erica has her own business of chocolate-covered strawberries, and her professional practices reflect as a customer and entrepreneur. It’s always a breath of fresh air to book clients who value your work, and know what it takes to run a business as a mom and wife. 

The first part of the children’s session took place in a popular area in Downtown Jasper, Texas. We started the session off with a few ‘safe’ poses, to help build trust and comfortability (because we all know how awkward it can be to have professional photos taken). 

After Amiah’s photos, the sun was beginning to set more so we hurried off to finish their session on a private farm a few minutes away. The timing was perfect because the cows and horses were out grazing! Amaud was definitely in his comfort zone now!  By the end of the session, I could tell they were definitely have a good time. It was a pleasure photographing the Hawthorne family [sibling]. 

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