Little girl smiles at camera with her parents in long grass in a park on a summers day on a family mini photo shoot

How to Prepare for a Family Mini Shoot

So, you’ve got a family mini shoot coming up to capture your clan in all its unique wonderfulness?! Or maybe you’re thinking of booking one but aren’t sure if now is the right time?

Well the good news is there isn’t very much to do to prepare, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the most out of your shoot and for everything to go smoothly!

  1. Think about what you are going to wear;

You really don’t need to wear anything special for your mini shoot but do make sure you are going to be comfy and able to move around ok.

It’s a good idea to avoid big logos or writing as they are very distracting.

Similarly no big bulky bags or phones in pockets please as they don’t look great in photos.

For a few more ideas have a little read of my blog post with 7 Tips on what to wear for a family photo shoot

Mum laughs holding her bay boy while big brother smiles, sitting on long grass in park on a summers day on a mini family photo shoot

2. Involve the Kids!

If they are old enough, chat to the kids and get them excited for the photo shoot…let them know you are going to have some photos taken by a photographer in the park and you need their help getting ready for it. You could ask;

Can you think of any funny jokes that are guaranteed to make everyone laugh?!

What do you think we should all wear?

What funny stories could you tell the photographer?

Two teenage sisters smile and cuddle in a park on a summers day on a mini family photo shoot

3. Think; When are the kids usually at their best?

As you all know, children are at their best when well rested and fed and this is absolutely true for photo shoots!

Have a think about what time of day your children are usually at their happiest and most active…generally after some sleep and food!

If you can, try and book a time slot when your kids are likely to be at their best.

Family jump off a bench all holding hands in a park on a mini family photo shoot

4. Check you know where you are going and when!

Once you are paid and booked onto a mini shoot, I send out details of when and where exactly we will meet for your mini shoot in advance of the day so you can make sure we don’t miss each other!

As slots are only 20 minutes with several through the day, it’s really important that we are all there on time as I won’t be able to go over on times and I really want to make sure every family gets their full 20 minute slot with me!

two little girls in skirts lean over a wooden bench in a park in summer on a family photo shoot

5. Pack a little bag

Although there won’t be time to stop for drinks or snacks, it is worth bringing along a little bag to your mini shoot with a few ‘just in case’ bits;

Water bottles

Tissues/ wipes

Blanket for the family to sit on…not essential as I bring a blanket you are welcome to sit on, but if you have a special one you would like to be included in the shoot, please do bring it along.

Mum, dad and two sons in football shirts sit and laugh in long grass in a park on a family mini photo shoot

6.  Make sure everyone has been to the loo!

Sorry to sound like a mum here for the final tip, but please make sure everyone has been to the loo before you arrive. If we have to stop the shoot for toilet trips I won’t be able to add more time on at the end of your session unfortunately and I’d hate for anyone to miss out on time with me.

Little girls laugh while their dad squeezes them tight

I hope those tips have been helpful in helping you get ready for your mini shoot (or in deciding if you want one!)

I want to book! When are your next family minis?

Fancy booking your clan in for a laidback family mini shoot? Wonderful!

My next Laidback family mini shoots will be on Saturday 24th June and Sunday 25th June, and you can read about them here

How do I book?!

Bookings will open on the following dates;

  • Monday 22nd May at 10.30am;  bookings open to wait list
  • Wednesday 24th May at 10.30am; general bookings open

Availability is super limited, so email me the words ‘Mini Shoots Wait List’ now to get on the wait list and grab your slot:

I can’t wait to meet you and your clan and help capture some laidback family moments before you blink and everything changes again.



We hate having our photos taken and you were really lovely and put everyone at ease and made the experience feel relaxing and fun and not in any way awkward. You captured our children’s personalities, making some beautiful photographs that we will cherish.

- Caroline T