Maintain open lines of communication.
If you have a family photo shoot that you need to take care of, make sure that you are able to maintain open lines of communication with the family that you are working with all of the time. Talk to the clients, and not just the paying parents, but take the time to talk to the rest of the children as well. It is important for them to understand that they each play a pretty significant role in making the family photo shoot a success at the end of the day.
When there is one family member who is a bit out of sorts and who is not really feeling all that up to it, it can easily ruin the rest of all of the other elements in the family photo and that may be all in good form with that one member of the family who is not really in the zone. That is why you should make sure that everything and everyone will be set and ready to go by the time that you are about the start your family photo shot and even all throughout the time that you are through it.
Always loop your clients in when you are on the lookout for ideas that you need to include in the family photo shoot.
You will want to go for something that is suitable for their particular lifestyles and for their particular personalities. It is not safe for you to just assume that things will turn out OK and that your clients will be on board with everything that you are bringing into the family photo shoot. They may not be all of the time. And although there may be some clients who will look like they don’t really have a lot of objections somewhere along the way, they may not be that vocal but it will still affect your satisfaction rating all throughout the family photo shoot. Your artistic and creative liberties can only stretch out so far. You are still bound to the vision that your clients have for the family photo shoot. It is their family photo shoot, after all. The family photo shoot should always have the kind of tone that
Set up a timeline that you need to work with.
Make sure that it is something that you commit to and stick to all of the time. Keep the family photo shoot at a maximum of about 2 hours or even less, if you can pull it off, especially when there are kids involved. When there are kids involved in the family photo shoot, there is a pretty good chance that they will end up getting antsy or bored or impatient during the family photo shoot. You should keep the family photo shoot short and sweet. Try to work as fast as you can and as efficiently as you possibly can so that you don stretch the photo shoot out all throughout the time that you are there.
Include the wardrobe in the client discussions. You certainly don’t want to end up with awkward looking choices.