5 Top Tips You Should Know On Taking Outdoor Family Portraits


After getting married, the next question the newlyweds will be asked frequently by friends and relatives will be, “When will you be starting a family?” After all, it is often said that the love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.

For those of you whom are happily married with kids, are you planning to have your family portrait done up? Instead of the standard boring studio sessions, why not head outdoors for a themed photo session? Here are the 5 tips so you can rock the session and get beautiful pictures taken.

1) Choose the right location


When deciding on the location, we recommend shooting at a location near to your house. It can be in your backyard or at the park in your neighbourhood. Shooting close to your house will be convenient because even if you forget to bring something, you can just head back to get it quickly. Moreover, choosing an environment that is familiar to young children will make them feel more comfortable and at ease. Don’t forget to have a wet weather plan.

2) Shooting at the right time


A photography session of 2 to 3 hours will be just the right amount, especially if you have children involved.

One of the best time for photography will be during the golden hour period, either early in the morning between 8am to 10am or in the late afternoon between 5 to 7pm. Figure out the time of the day when your children are the happiest. If you are intending to shoot during the late afternoon, we highly recommend to let the young children take a nap earlier so that they will have the energy for the shoot. Young children have short attention span, so for every 20 to 30 minutes of shooting, don’t forget to plan for short breaks of 5-10 minutes in between.

3) Communicate


It is important to inform the vendors about the details of the photoshoot, especially if there are young kids, to allow them to be mentally prepared. It might be difficult to pose young children, or forcing them to smile. Therefore you might want to get the photographer to focus more on the interaction between the family, keeping it natural and candid.

One important criteria to look out for when searching for your vendor, especially your photographer, which is to look for someone with patience, as young children might need some time to warm up to strangers.

4) Be Prepared


When heading out for an outdoor photoshoot, don’t forget to apply sunblock and insect repellent. Bring along your water bottle and stay hydrated. The last thing you will want is the young children falling ill. You can also bring along some snacks for the kids to munch on during the breaks.

For best results, plan ahead and coordinate your outfits, like what we did for this photoshoot where their children are dressed like their “mini me”. It might seem cheesy, but it brings across the message “We are a family” and the photo will turn out awesome. Remember to choose comfortable outfits that will fit into the theme of the set-up.

5) Props


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Keep the kids entertained and engaged by bringing their favourite toys along or have some balloons at hand to keep them occupied. A delicious cake would also do the trick! For the set-up, it is pretty easy and low cost, as most of the items can be brought from home. What you will need is a picnic mat/blanket, and the rest of the props can be anything from picnic baskets to watering pot, just let your creativity flow.  

Here’s the photo shoot schedule for Aiistory 5, we hope with this schedule, you will get a better picture of the shooting flow:


With the little ones growing up so quickly, make this a regular affair. It could even be every 5 or 10 years to document growth and progress as a family.

Photoshoot with your children almost never goes the way you expect. Your child might suddenly burst into tears in the middle of the shoot, but just be flexible, and go with the flow. You can even document these moments and have a good laugh about it years later!

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We hope this article inspired you and provided you with tips for your next family portrait session.

Plan for your family shoot now with Aiido, and share your experience with us by sending us pictures to [email protected] and you might be featured here next!


Meet the team behind Aiistory Chapter 5


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Bridal Gowns: You & Me Bridal   https://www.aiido.com/you-and-me-bridal



Photographer: Terrix (Oolphoto) https://www.aiido.com/ool-photo


Make up artist: Sarah (Colors for life) https://www.aiido.com/colorsforlife


Flowers: Royal Blooms https://www.aiido.com/royal-blooms



Stylist/Props: Boboshooter https://www.aiido.com/bobo-shooter-photo-booth


Videographer: Alan (Valanci) https://www.aiido.com/valanci

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