Multi-family portraits are simply incredible. By gathering multiple families together, you’re able to capture family portraits that share your love and connection to each other. The biggest question we are asked is how to make it happen and what to do if scheduling is an issue. You know that coordinating your own family can get tricky, so imagine coordinating multiple families.  

We offer our top tips for planning a stress-free multi-family photoshoot below.

5 Steps to Plan Your Multi-Family Portrait Session


1. Get Everyone On Board – This first step might make you laugh. Of course, you’ll need to get everyone on board because you can’t drag someone to the studio, right? What’s important in this step is to make sure that all family members are on the same page. Some family members might take convincing, and that’s okay, but having everyone on board makes the rest of the process easier.

Scheduling Multi Generation Photos


2. Schedule in Advance – Scheduling a portrait session for multiple families will take some planning. Try to find a couple of dates that work for all the family members that are one to three months in advance. What should you do if you simply cannot find a date that works for everyone? We offer our clients the ability to do a composite portrait. This means we can take each family’s portrait at different times and then use PhotoShop magic to bring all the families together in one photo.



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How to Get Perfect Family Portraits


3.  Choose Your Style – The goal of this step is to decide a style or theme that every family can follow. You wouldn’t want one family to wear a totally different color and stand out from the rest. Well, perhaps you do, and that is fine. Choose a certain style or color palette that offers some flexibility so everyone can wear something that they love. Maybe you want a more casual photo with jeans, or you’re looking for a more formal portrait with the same color scheme.



Brother and Sister Goofing for Photo


4. Decide How You’re Printing the Portrait – How do you plan on displaying this multi-family portrait? Will everyone get a framed portrait to hang on the wall? Do you want a family heirloom album that will be passed down? This is important to know before you even step into the studio. Knowing this helps your photographer get the perfect shot for that future portrait wall art or album.




  1. Find the Right Photographer – This one is the most important step of all. You need to find the right photographer for this special session. Someone who will take the time to get to know your family as well as take all the stress out of planning a session like this. Take your time researching and finding a Certified Professional Photographer whose style you love. 

Finding Your Multi-Family Photographer

As you can see, we’re passionate about capturing your beautiful family and helping you display your most treasured portraits. We love multi-family portrait sessions as they are such a special way to commemorate your entire family and provide a way to feature them in your home. Our goal is to handle everything so that all you need to do is show up with your family, and we take care of the rest. We invite you to look around our website and see if we might be the right fit for your portrait session. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Your Stress-Free Guide to a Family Portrait Session

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