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5 Tips for a stress free photoshoot

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

The best way to find and book a Family Photoshoot

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You want beautiful pictures of your family but the idea of booking a professional photoshoot is stressing you out. Let me help you knock the stress out of the photoshoot!

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Find the right photographer

This is the hardest step to a stress free photoshoot but all the effort you will put into finding the right photographer will be so worth it! I have a complete blog where I share tips on Finding the right photographer for your Family Photoshoot

If there is one thing I can reiterate here, it will be this: A Family Photographer is someone who will share with you some of the most precious and intimate moments of your life, so fine someone who feels like a friend, someone you can trust, someone you can connect with.

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Can not stress on this one enough! Communicate with your photographer, tell them about your expectations from this photoshoot, tell them your worries and tell them your limitations. If little Jonny would need a lot of jumping room to release his energy, and little Sara will take time to warm up, let your photographer know. Work with them to figure out the best location, outfits, props etc. It will be so much easier to not have surprises on the day of or after the photoshoot. Clear communication goes a long way in creating a stress free Family Photoshoot.

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Prepare your kids, partner and pets for the photoshoot. Let them know what to expect when they are out there meeting a new person. Involve them in the process, take their help in figuring out their outfits. Make sure the kids, your partner and you are well fed and well rested. No body enjoys a photoshoot when their tummy is rumbling or when they are tired.

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Arrive on time

If you take away one thing from this article, let it be this! Please arrive on time. Give yourself plenty of grace period so you are not huffing and puffing while rushing to the photoshoot. Especially when you have little kids in the tow, plan for the delays. Hurrying little ones most definitely results in a meltdown.

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Let go

Breathe. You have done all the preparations, you are here now! Your beautiful family is here and now is the time to spend some meaningful time with them. So let go of all the pressure and expectations and just enjoy this moment. Feel in the wind in your hair and warmth of your family's hugs. You are here to create beautiful memories and thats what we will do!


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by Heena Mukhi

Beautiful, emotive and authentic photography for busy families and couples looking for a premium boutique photography experience. My style is influenced by beautiful light and genuine connection.

I believe every family has a story worth telling, a story of love and warmth. I am here to capture yours!

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Hi! I am Heena.
Your very own Family Photographer!

I am a mom and to two little munchkins and just like you I am a memory keeper of mprecious little family.


This is why I created this Memory Keeper's Handbook. My hope is with this Memory Keeper's Handbook you will be able to preserve the beautiful and fleeting moments of everyday life.

I believe the most important legacy that we give our children is happy memories.



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