Photo Shoot Survival Kit for Families

Black and White picture of family by newborn photographer Block Portrait Studios in Saint Paul Minnesota studio


Photo Shoot Survival Kit for Families

Are you gearing up for a family photo shoot? A family photo shoot can be challenging, especially if you have young children! However, making family photo shoots a fun event is a key to its success! In this blog, we’ve put together a list of photo shoot survival kit items that we think are essential for surviving (and enjoying!) a family photo shoot.


First and foremost, the best way to ensure your photo shoot runs as smoothly as possible is to hire the right photographer for your family in the first place! Your photographer should have the same vision as you do for your portraits! Additionally, their personality should vibe with your family. These are vital to making everyone feel comfortable during your session. Check out our guide if you need help choosing the right photographer for your family shoot!

Next, make sure your family knows what to expect! Talk to your kid about how FUN this shoot will be. This photo session should be something everyone is looking forward to leading up to the big day! Discuss the plan with your partner and children ahead of time, so everyone knows what to expect.

senior pictures in mpls by twin cities senior photographer, Block Portrait Studios
Black and white family portrait with a dog, with a family that participated in Block Portrait Studio's Photo Shoot Survival Kit.

Photo Shoot Survival Kit: For the Kiddos


Bring toys or fidgets to keep your kids busy between shots or breaks. Remember, we want this to be a fun experience, not boring!

Go to Snacks:

Bring snacks and drinks for everyone, which will help keep energy levels up and prevent anyone from getting cranky. But, don’t bring snacks that are messy and could stain clothing. Here are some of our go-to snacks for your photo shoot survival kit:

Picture of two girls smiling at the camera for Block Portrait Studios who provided a photo shoot survival kit.
Little Girl and Mom Spring Family Bucket List

Photo Shoot Survival Kit: Attire

Dress to Survive:

Be sure to dress comfortably and in something that makes everyone feel good about themselves. You don’t want anyone feeling self-conscious or uncomfortable during the shoot. Check out our wardrobe guide blog or our amazon storefront for ideas!

Props and Accessories:

Bring any props or accessories you want to use in the photo, and add some personality and uniqueness to your shots. Here are some of our client’s favorites items to dress up their shoots:

With these photo shoot survival kit tips in mind, you’ll surely have a fun and successful family photo shoot! With some preparation, your family photo shoot will be a success!

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