Don’t Kid Yourself, Family Photos are Stressful!

Chicago Family Photographer | Sharon Gaietto Photography

As much as we would like to have professional photos taken of the family, the thought of planning such an event becomes rather nerve racking. Trying to find a date that works into your family’s busy schedule, seems next to impossible. Then on top of it all, it has to be a date that works for the photographer, as well.

Finding the right outfits is no small task. Then convincing your family to look happy in those outfits, is beyond challenging. If only we could all just walk into our closets and walk out into a Gap ad. It would make things so much easier.

Oh yes, and if the preparation wasn’t hard enough, then you have to worry about the day of the session. Will the weather cooperate? Will the kids cooperate? Can I hold myself together or will I crack under the pressure?

Well, guess what? Even after all the planning, preparing and help from Mother Nature, things still don’t always turn out the way you planned.


So, this is where hiring a professional photographer comes in handy. From the first thought of wanting portraits taken to the final decision of which images to choose, your photographer should be there every step of the way.

Your photographer should work with you and your schedule. Trying to give you as many options as possible. Now with that said, a family photographer’s busiest time of the year is September through December. It’s equivalent to an accountant’s schedule during tax season. Sessions go fast. So, the best advice I can give you is plan well in advance. Waiting until the last moment, will most likely have you waiting until next year for pictures.

When it comes to clothing, your photographer should provide you with some tips, if needed. The thought of coordinating outfits for the whole family can become overwhelming. Or worse yet, the idea of taking everyone out shopping for new clothes. It’s enough to make your heart race. There are some easy suggestions and great websites a photographer can direct you to, to make the process painless.

Now, when it comes to weather, even the greatest photographers can’t predict that. All they can do is hope for the best and offer up alternative solutions if conditions are not favorable. So, be sure to be flexible. The photographer’s main goal is to give you the best portraits possible, but that’s not going to happen if lips are turning purple from the cold or hair is covering half your face from the wind.

Then there’s the final hurdle, the children. A family photographer is well aware of the challenges that may be faced when photographing children. They have seen almost every possible scenario. There is always that one story you here about . The one that no one can believe and becomes folklore. However, for all practical purposes they are ready to deal with the situation at hand. Even when you, the parent, has given up and are ready to pack it up and call it a day, have faith in your photographer. They will most likely have a trick or two up their sleeve, in order to give you that perfect family photo.


A truly professional photographer will guide you through this chaotic process of family portraiture. They will provide you with tips, options, suggestions, and information that will create a positive experience. One that you will want to recreate year after year.

2 thoughts on “Don’t Kid Yourself, Family Photos are Stressful!

  1. Jaime November 4, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    Great post! I have to say – I do love the imperfect photo too. I love when you post those photos where Morgan is clearly having a difficult moment and Noah was tired of smiling. That first photo really put a smile on my face and shows you just how many directions that family is going in at any given moment 🙂 very real and very endearing.

  2. sharongaiettophotography November 4, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    Thanks Jaime! Those who don’t go through it, don’t really know what heartaches and triumphs are experienced in such a short period of time. Thanks for taking the time to read it!!

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