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Top Tips for a Laid-Back Outdoor Family Photoshoot in Oxfordshire

Outdoor Family Photoshoot in Oxfordshire

Are you dreaming of having family portraits that really represent who you are? Not some awkward, stiff, posed photos, but portraits that depict your family, each member's personalities, the beautiful chaos, the immense love and your true, big bright smiles? Sounds like a relaxed outdoor family photoshoot might be just what you're looking for. Here are some tips for a relaxed, fun packed outdoor family photoshoot.

Quick overview:

1 Choose the right photographer

Outdoor Family Photoshoot in Oxfordshire

Nothing will help you relax more than a photographer you feel comfortable and confident with. Do your research, check out their website and social media, to get a feel about who your photographer is and if they are the right fit for you.

Having a photographer you can trust and feel comfortable around will be super helpful when they're working with you and photographing you. If you have small children participating, choose someone who has experience with working with kids and who is good at communicating with them.

2 Communication is key

Outdoor Family Photoshoot in Oxfordshire

A simple conversation or an email correspondence can do wonders when it comes to easing off nerves before the session. If you are unsure about your upcoming session, don't be afraid to address your concerns.

I provide my clients with comprehensive welcome pack which addresses any possible scenarios that might happen, and am always here to help address any worries they might face. Feeling prepared for your session and to know what to expect will help you feel relaxed and be truly present and yourself, to get most of your outdoor family photoshoot.

3 Rally the troops & prepare for your shoot

Outdoor Family Photoshoot in Oxfordshire

Have your kiddos prepared for the session. Talk to them about it, make it sound like an adventure. That way when it comes to the day they will feel excited for the session. Some kids can be apprehensive about the thought of having their photos taken, so preparation is key. Making sure everyone is on the same page and excited will help you feel relaxed on the day.

Making a plan for the actual photoshoot day is also a good idea. Having some snacks on hand, spare outfit, planning your journey... It all can help ease the stress and help you enjoy your shoot.

4 Look good - feel good: styling is important

Outdoor Family Photoshoot in Oxfordshire

Styling is so important. When we look good we feel confident and great. Wear something that makes you feel good but that you also feel comfortable with. My styling guide helps you style for your photoshoot and to colour coordinate with the rest of your family.

5 Trust the process

Outdoor Family Photoshoot in Oxfordshire

An outdoor family photoshoot is dynamic and there isn't exactly a script that is followed, at least not with me. I tailor the photo session to each family, their kids comfort level and needs. There are some photos I ensure I get each time, but usually the session flows on its own naturally. So don't stress, trust the process and go with the flow. Your photographer should guide you to make you feel relaxed and immersed in the session. If your photographer is experienced, nothing will throw them and they will do their utmost to make you feel comfortable, happy and to achieve the photographs that will make your heart do a little happy dance.

Ready to start your family photo adventure? Learn about Outdoor Family Photoshoot in Oxfordshire here.


The Second Star Photography is a professional mobile studio, providing in home newborn and outdoor family photography sessions within Oxfordshire and areas of Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. Enjoy the luxury of professional newborn photography session in the comfort of your own home. Klara is first aid trained professional newborn and family photographer covering Bicester, Banbury, Aylesbury, Abingdon, Oxford, Thame, Brackley and The Cotswolds among other areas of Oxfordshire, Bucks and Northamptonshire.

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