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Branson Missouri Family Photo Session

May 31, 2024

Looking for Tips on how to plan a family photo shoot? Do you keep saying you’re going to get the family together and you never do? Family photo shoots can actually be a fun experience! Whether you’re capturing a special milestone or just want to freeze a moment in time, they’re a great way to create lasting memories.

Here are some tips to make the most of your family photo shoot:


  1. Choose a Meaningful Location: Pick a location that holds significance for your family, whether it’s your home, a favorite park, or a place you love to visit together. If you are from out of town visiting, we can even photograph your family at your AirB&B! Here in Branson MO we only have a few parks that work well, this family shoot is photographed at Stockstill Park.

Three children smiling outdoors on blanket. Family photos in branson missouri

2. Coordinate Outfits: You don’t have to dress alike, but coordinating colors or themes can create a cohesive look. Avoid busy patterns that can be distracting and opt for complementary colors.  As a photographer i’ve seen lots of different color combinations that work well….Here are a few ideas! Summer shoots look great with Blues, Greens & Cream colors, or in the Spring you could do Pinks, Blues and Gray!  Here in Branson our fall is full of warm colors! Fall sessions look great with browns, greens, cognac, and cream colors. Family portrait outdoor with blooming tree.Family portrait near bridge outdoors

3. Plan Ahead: Make sure everyone knows when and where the shoot will take place. Try to schedule it at a time when everyone is well-rested and in a good mood, especially if you have young children. As a photographer, I normally suggest 2 hours before sunset to start the photos, this time of day normally has the best lighting, creating softer shadows and highlights. I know though that this doesn’t always work with small childrens schedules. So be sure to talk to your photographer to see what the best time of day would be for everyone involved!Mother and daughter smiling outdoors.

4. Bring Props: Consider bringing along props that represent your family’s interests or personalities. This could be anything from a favorite book to a beloved pet, a fishing pole, or a large blanket to throw down on the grass.Toddler in white dress sitting by riverbank.

5. Relax and Have Fun: Family photo shoots can sometimes feel stressful, but try to relax and enjoy the process. Candid shots often capture the true spirit of your family, so don’t be afraid to let loose and have fun.Grandmother holding smiling baby on sunny bridge

6. Trust Your Photographer: If you’ve hired a professional photographer, trust their expertise. They know how to capture the best angles and moments, so try to relax and let them work their magic!

Family enjoying outdoor time by the river.

Happy family and grandparents outdoor portrait session

Family of men smiling by river and bridge.

Two women smiling and hugging on a wooden bridge.

Family posing on a rustic bridge in nature.