Tips and tricks to make your Cairns family photos effortless, easy and fun!

Before the Fun:

Outfits for Smiles:

  • Ditch the stiffness! Think comfy textures, natural colors, and avoiding clashing patterns.
  • Coordinate without matching exactly – think complementary color palettes for a cohesive look.
  • Layer up for adaptable styles in changing weather. ☀️
  • Don’t forget comfy shoes for exploring and playing!

Location Inspiration:

  • Embrace parks, beaches, or even your own backyard for natural beauty.
  • Consider locations that reflect your family’s interests and personality. ‍
  • Think about lighting – avoid harsh midday sun and opt for soft morning or evening light.

Activities for Genuine Smiles:

  • Ditch the posed smiles! Spark natural interactions with fun activities:
    • Playful games like bubbles, frisbee, or tag
    • Silly giggles, playing tag or dance parties.
    • Building sandcastles, reading stories, or simply enjoying a picnic.
    • Capture candid moments without interrupting natural interactions.


Pre-Session Jitters? No Problem!**

  • Take deep breaths, mama! This is about capturing your family, not perfection.
  • Remind yourself – you’re hiring a pro to guide you and capture the magic. 
  • Trust your photographer to create a relaxed and enjoyable experience.

Bonus Tip: Pack healthy snacks and drinks for everyone, especially the little ones!

Remember: This is a guide, not a rulebook! Embrace spontaneity and focus on having fun together. Your genuine joy will shine through in your photos!

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Tips for a Successful Family Session

Tip 1: Embrace Your Authenticity

When it comes to our photo sessions, the best advice is simple: be yourselves. Our goal is to capture the real dynamics and unique personalities of your family. So, relax and let your genuine interactions shine through. Whether it’s a silly smile, a loving glance, or a playful exchange, these are the moments that make your family special. Embracing your authenticity ensures that the photos we create will be a true reflection of your bond. So, forget about striking a pose and just enjoy being together. After all, the magic lies in those candid, unscripted moments that perfectly capture your family. 

Tip 2: Embrace the Fun of Family Playtime

Here’s a little secret to a successful photo session: think of it as a fun family playtime! Let go of any stress or pressure and approach the session with a playful mindset. Imagine it as quality family time, where laughter, games, and shared moments take the spotlight. When you let loose and enjoy the experience, your family’s genuine joy and connections naturally shine through.

So, whether it’s a tickle fight, running races, chasing bubbles or simply sharing stories, these authentic interactions create the most heartwarming and memorable photos. The more you embrace the playful spirit, the more the camera captures the essence of your family’s happiness. Get ready to create not only stunning photos but also cherished memories of fun family playtime.

Tip 3: Keep the Little Ones Happy with Snacks

When it comes to our photo sessions, we want everyone to be comfortable and content – especially the little ones! So, here’s a handy tip: bring along some snacks. Having their favourite treats on hand can be a game-changer. Snacks not only keep hunger at bay but also provide a little distraction when needed. It’s a simple way to ensure that your kids stay happy and engaged throughout the session. Whether it’s a quick break for a nibble or a mini picnic moment, these snacks can make a big difference in keeping the atmosphere light and enjoyable. So, pack those snacks, relax, and let’s create some beautiful memories together!

Just a note – even with a hungry toddler tantrum, all is not lost!  these photos have just 5 mins between meltdown to gorgeous family photo below!

(Thanks to amazing mum Krystal!)

Tip 4: Packing for an Unforgettable Family Session

Here’s a quick guide on what to bring to make it even more enjoyable:

Balloons: Colourful balloons bring an element of fun and playfulness. They’re great for creating dynamic shots and adding a splash of colour.

Soft Balls: Soft balls are fantastic for candid interactions. Toss them, play catch, or simply roll them for genuine laughs and connections.

Favorite Books: Bringing your kids’ favourite books can lead to quiet, heartwarming moments. Reading together makes for adorable photos.

Nature Finds: When we’re outdoors, let’s take advantage of nature’s beauty! Leaves, flowers, and rocks can be used for interactive play and gorgeous photos.

Remember, these items add a personal touch to your session, making it unique to your family. Whether it’s giggles from playing with balloons or the tranquillity of reading together, these moments will be captured beautifully in your photos. So, pack these simple treasures, and let’s create memories to cherish forever.

And lastly, A Touch-Up Kit: A small bag with essentials like tissues, wet wipes and a change of clothes for any accidents.

Capturing Your Family’s Story

By Heart Photography’s approach to photo sessions is all about authenticity, enjoyment, and genuine connections. We believe in keeping things natural and letting your family’s true spirit shine. It’s not about forced poses, but the real interactions that make your family unique.

Creating beautiful memories doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s as simple as spending quality time together, sharing laughs, and creating cherished moments. Our photographers are here to capture those candid, heartwarming instances that define your family’s journey.

Don’t let these precious moments slip away. Book a session with us and let’s capture the beauty of your family’s story. The laughter, the love, and the connections – they’re all worth preserving. These are the memories you’ll cherish forever!


Jules & Benn