5 Things to Bring to Your Fall Family Portrait Session | Greater Boston Family Photographer


Since my photo sessions are usually candid lifestyle portraits, most families don't need to bring much with them. And while I encourage you to show up 100% yourself, there are a few things that might make your family session a little more comfortable, or in some cases, more fun. 

Bug spray

 Since we usually take family portraits outdoors to take advantage of New England's gorgeous fall foliage, that means we're going to encounter nature in all its beautiful--and buggy--glory. I want your memories of your photo session to be focused on family connection and love, not on the number of bites you got during our time together! 


While I carry a simple white blanket with tassels to every session, if you have a blanket that goes with your outfits or one that has particular meaning to you, please feel free to bring it along to your photo shoot. Red plaids, buffalo check, Aztec patterns, and quilts have been particularly popular lately. 

Hair clips 

If you have a long haired kiddo, you'll probably be much happier with your photos if their hair isn't in their face! A simple bobby pin or clip will usually do, but I suggest bringing a few. Kiddos do a lot of movement during my sessions and pins have a habit of falling out with all the running, playing and dancing. 

Water and Snacks

Speaking of movement, we'll probably do quite a bit of it during your photo shoot so it's a good idea to bring along a bottle of water--and snacks! I always suggest having a snack (and having a bathroom break) before arriving at our shoot location, but hey, you can't argue with a rumbling tummy. 


Wipes are helpful for everyone--not just little kids! From cleaning up crusty noses to fixing makeup to wiping hands before or after an impromptu snack, wipes are incredibly handy to have on hand. If you have a pack on hand, just throw it into your bag. If you aren't accustomed to carrying them anymore, I suggest buying the individually wrapped ones. They last for a long time and you can take them with you when you travel. 

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at your family photo sessions this fall! If you haven't booked yours yet, please get in touch as soon as you can. Everyone's excited about the foliage and dates are filling up quickly! 

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