It’s that time of year where we all just want that perfect photograph to send out to our family and friends. One where we all have on the perfect outfits and every child looks like an angel. I want to help you mentally and physically prepare for your mini shoot so that you can make the best of our time together, and I want you to look back at your images with feelings of happiness and not stress.

Why Hire a Photographer

So let’s start out by talking about why we have photos taken every year? I mean….yes, yes, yes, the fall outfits are adorable for the holiday card, but these images are memories that will follow you for a lifetime. I want to offer you more than a “sit and look at the camera” experience. I’d like you to remember the love your feel for your kids at this stage in their lives and for once, let mom be in the photos too!

So rule #1, let the photographer lead the mini shoot!!

Don’t feel like you need to come up with fun ideas and poses or need to direct your children. Leave it up to me.

Your pose might not feel exciting but I have plenty of things going on that you don’t see, or I might be waiting for that perfect moment to happen. Just relax and leave it to me.

If your kids are acting up, let it go! Kids feel our anxiety and react. I have tons of tricks to help your kids cooperate; even the hyper-active toddler. I will let you know if I need your help. It’s best to let the “stranger” tell your kids what to do. Shockingly they listen better to people they don’t know.

fall mini sessions

What to Wear

The best advice I can give any client is feel comfortable and good about yourself! I always suggest to dress the most difficult person first, or just start with one outfit that you really want someone or yourself to wear and build from that.

No matching colors, no large prints, no graphics, and nothing too overly baggy.

I’ve created several pinterest boards to inspire ideas.

Maternity Ideas

Family Ideas

what to wear for family photos by Los Angeles photographer, Heather DeCamp

How to Display Your Images

With every shoot, I offer a one on one photo reveal to help you select your images and make decisions on how to display them. No more putting this on your to do list for several years. I offer a variety of different books, prints, and framing options.

But before we meet, I suggest the following.

  1. Write down the names of each person you would like to gift a photo.
  2. Take photos and measure any spaces you would like to hang frames. Some of the most popular spaces for frames are in bedrooms, offices, hallways, and casual living rooms. And if you’ve run out of space, maybe consider taking down dated photos and replacing them with something new.
  3. Think of any shelf space you would like to fill with a frame.
  4. Review the photo packages in advance and narrow down your choices.

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Have any questions or want to book your mini shoot? Send me a message! You can email me at I’d love to connect.


I'm Heather!

A Los Angeles  based Wedding + Family photographer on a mission to capture all the moments that make your relationship with your partner and family uniquely yours. 

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How to Prepare for Your Best Mini Shoot

October 14, 2020