At Lisa Yvette Photography, we want to ensure your famil session is relaxed & fun!  We have therefore created this short guide to help you prepare.

Maternity sessions are usually done at 30-36 weeks into your pregnancy. The most important things for you to consider are clothing, makeup, props, and location.  Space is limited. It is important to schedule your session as soon as you know you want to book so we can accommodate your date.


I suggest no more than 2-3 outfits (2 max for large groups).  This gives us time for photographing and changing. Long gone are the days of being matchy matchy, but coordination of styles and colors is key. Try choosing one item of clothing and d build your color palette around that. Layers and textures add extra dimension to your portraits.  We suggest sticking to neutral or earth tones so that the focus remains on your family.  These tones are timeless and will typically work with every decor in your home. Avoid busy patterns and bright bold neon colors. Also avoid tank tops, excessively tight or baggy clothes.  Pinterest is a great place to check for ideas.  

Makeup and Hair:

Ladies, a light coat of natural looking makeup will go a long way to enhance your features and help your face stand out in your photos. We suggest using a professional makeup artist and hair stylist to ensure your photos look their best.  Men, should be well groomed. Let me know if you need suggestions on a makeup artist or hair stylist. Avoid tanning within 2 days of your session.


Family sessions are usually held outdoors, at a local park, garden, field, lake, or uptown.  But we can accommodate studio requests (generally due to allergies or weather).


1.  The whole family should have plenty of rest the night before your session (to avoid dark eye circles, tiring and irritability). 

2.  Remember you will not be in a stuffy studio.  So be yourselves and interact naturally. Loosen up and don't take the pictures too seriously, just have fun.  Laugh a little, tell a knock knock joke.  Tickling the kids off guard or whispering sweet nothings in your spouse's ear goes a long way to producing natural looking expressions. 

3.  Let me help get your children to smile.  Never force them.  It will have the opposite effect, every time.

4.  Ladies, bring your makeup bag and hair styling tools to freshen up your look as needed. 

6.  Bring your wardrobe accessories:  earrings, necklaces, scarves, cardigans, blazer, etc.

7.  Moisturize your skin, especially during winter months. Don't forget your elbows and hands. Vaseline, Shea butter, or Eucerin work great! Ensure nails are neat and trimmed.  

8.  Clothing: Ensure your outfits are ironed/pressed as we cannot remove wrinkles during editing. Wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in. Bring a long warm coat, heavy cardigan/jacket if your shoot day is in winter.

9.  If needed, bring a snack for little ones, but ensure the snacks contain no color dyes that will stain their clothes, hands, and faces at the session.

10. Be mindful of New hairstyles that may turn out badly, new facial products that may irritate or breakout the skin, sun burns and tans that leave red marks and lines in your photos, wearing tight fitted undergarments that leave creases on the skin, red eyes...please bring visine.



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Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to capture these precious moments in time for your family.  It truly means the world to me and I know your photographs will create unforgettable memories for generations to come.  Please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to make our time together go smoothly.