At Lisa Yvette Photography, we want to ensure your family session is relaxed & fun!  We have therefore created this short guide to help you prepare. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please contact me for assistance.  I am here to help!

The most important things for you to consider are clothing, makeup/hair styling, and location.  


I suggest no more than 2 outfits (half hour per outfit).  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 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. Still need additional help? Send me an email or call me.

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 as well. Avoid tanning within 2 days of your session.


Our small Family sessions (5 or less) are held outdoors at a local park, garden, field, lake, or uptown. But we can accommodate a studio session (for health reasons i.e. severe allergies or 'extreme' weather conditions on the day of your session). Be sure to indicate the type of location you are interested in via the questionnaire.


Please ARRIVE ON TIME! 30 minutes or more late will be cancelled. I usually have other tasks or sessions in the afternoon so late arrivals will not have time extended beyond the session end time.

1.  The whole family should have plenty of rest the night before your session (to avoid dark eye circles, tiring and irritability). Get you outfits ready days ahead instead of the night before.

2.  Expression and fun.  I'd love for you to be yourselves and interact naturally with each other. Loosen up, laugh, crack jokes, hug each other to show love and warmth. Tickling the kids off guard or whispering sweet nothings in your spouse's ear goes a long way to producing natural looking expressions. Above all, don't take the pictures too seriously, just have fun. 

3.  For your little ones, let me help get them 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 in between clothing changes as needed. Bring blotting papers for oily/shiny skin.

6.  Accessorize. Don't forget your earrings, necklaces, scarves, cardigans, blazer, hats, sunglasses, etc.

7.  Moisturize your skin. Don't forget your elbows and hands. Vaseline, Shea butter, or Eucerin work great! Ensure fingernails are neat, clean and trimmed because they will show up well in your photos.  

8.  Clothing: Ensure your outfits are ironed/pressed as we cannot remove wrinkles during editing. Wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in. Dress appropriately for the weather i.e. bring a long warm coat, layer with a cardigan/jacket if your shoot day is in winter.

9.  Please have cool water in the summer months to stay hydrated.  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 the following: new hairstyles that may turn out badly; new facial products that may irritate or breakout the skin; sunburns and tans that leave red marks and lines in your photos; wearing tight fitted undergarments that leave creases on the skin; red itchy/allergy eyes...please bring your visine.  ALL OF THESE WILL SHOW UP so take steps to avoid mishaps.