Preparing for your Autumn Themed Family Photography Session

Thank you for choosing Katie Lister Photography! This page will guide you through how best to prepare for our photography session, including what to expect, clothing choices, how the session will run, and choosing your final images.

I’ve incorporated my experience at being both behind the camera, and in front of the camera for my own photography sessions, to help you get the most out of yours. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

I look forward to meeting you and your family soon!

What to Expect

  • I will take a variety of photographs – invididuals, pairings and family groups. If you’ve got something specific in mind, please do let me know!
  • I will guide you through the session to help you feel at ease – most of my images with children are based on fun and games to keep everyone relaxed and capture natural expressions.
  • Worried that your children won’t behave? Please don’t! I am experienced in working with children of all ages and know how to get the best from them. I can coax even the most reluctant of children into having fun.
  • It is not necessary to coach or bribe your children to smile or look at the camera – I’m looking for natural expressions and will interact directly with your children to get the best from them. I might ask for your assistance in capturing the attention of younger children, but I may also ask you to step away and let me focus on engaging directly with little ones (or older ones!). Please don’t be offended if I do this and just use it as an opportunity to relax!
  • For sessions with babies or young children, please bring wet wipes, spare clothes and nappies, and a few favourite toys. If you have a favourite baby blanket or two, please bring them along to add a personal touch to your images.
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What to wear

Clothing choices are a very important part of preparing for your photography session. There are a few simple tips that you can follow to help maximise the impact of your finished images, and if you get stuck, feel free to chat to me, or look on my blog for inspiration.

Choose complementary colours

  • The aim is for your family to look coordinated, but not matching. By sticking to 3/4/5 complementary colours (depending on the size of your group), each family member will look different, but you will avoid looking too ‘busy’ (clashing colours, too many colours), or looking like one colour block (too much of the same colour).
  • Colours that look great in the autumn are blues, yellows, reds and oranges!
  • All black or all white clothing is best avoided.

Add some interest

  • Layering your clothing is also a great way to add interest and allow us to change your look between shots by adding or removing layers
  • Stripes? Checks? Flowers? Polka Dots? I love them all! But please steer clear of large logos and dominant text which could detract attention from the subject in the final images.

Be comfortable

  • If you feel good in your clothes, it will help you to relax and have fun during our session.
  • If we are shooting in a casual setting such as the beach or park, then try to keep your clothing casual too.
  • The same goes for your little ones – when dressing babies please keep clothing fuss-free. If we are at home or the outside temperature allows, I thoroughly recommend just a vest or babygro for the tiniest family members.

When I’m in front of the camera for my own family photoshoots, I always splurge on a blow-dry for my hair. Not only does it make me look nice, but it makes me feel confident and happy. It’s a small cost in the grand scheme of what I invest in family photography. This isn’t essential of course, but if there’s somthing that helps you feel great, treat yourself!

Here are some examples of families that I’ve met with great clothing colours and combinations for autumn:

After our session

  • You will receive a link to a password-protected gallery of images within 2 weeks of our session. The gallery is open for two weeks for you to place your order.
  • I am always on hand via email or phone, or in person if you prefer, to help you choose your favourites. Your gallery link can be shared with friends and family if you wish.
  • Delivery of your final products will take place as soon as possible after your payment is received. Exact timings will depend on what you order.
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If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me at any time. I look forward to meeting you and your family soon!