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You’ve had your family photography session – now what?

My 6-step guide of what to do after you’ve had your family photoshoot

So you’ve had your family photoshoot, but what’s next? Well now it’s time to start enjoying your photos! And this really is the best bit. You get to choose your favourites together as a family, decide how you’re going to display them, and pick the perfect place to hang them in your home. It’s all very exciting! 

But I know how busy a parent's life can be. Believe me, I know! And if you’ve never done all this before, it can become one of those confusing tasks that keeps getting pushed to the bottom of your to-do list. And we wouldn’t want that, would we?! 

So I thought I’d make it all as effortless as possible for you and talk you through what to do next. Here’s my step-by-step guide of what to do after you’ve had your family photoshoot. 

1. Don’t lose momentum

There are so many wonderful reasons to get your family photos printed and framed. They fill you with happy hormones every time you see them, make your house a home and even boost your children’s self esteem. And since you’ve already had the actual shoot, it’d be such a shame if those beautiful photos of your family never make it beyond the screen. 

So please, whatever you do, don’t stop now! Set some time aside, and make sure those beautiful photos escape their digital cage and make it onto your walls. 

2. Choose your favourite photos (and make a night of it!)

Your fully-edited gallery will be delivered as a slideshow 21 days after your photoshoot. And I just know you’re going to love every single photo. But since there’ll be over 50 to choose from, I don’t expect you to print and frame every single one! So before we start talking about prints, frames and albums, the very first thing you need to do is choose your favourite photos. 

And don’t worry, it’s supposed to be a challenge! My best advice is to try not to overthink it. In my experience, the photos you fall in love with immediately are the ones you’ll still love in years to come. The ones that make you smile, laugh, or well up at first sight are the ones that deserve a place on your wall. 

When it comes to watching the slideshow and choosing your favourite shots, I love the idea of making a family ‘date’ of it. Grab a glass of wine or cup of tea, put the slideshow on the big screen and choose your favourites together as a family. If nothing else, the kids will love the photos even more if they helped choose which ones made it onto the wall. 

3. Decide how you want to display your family photos

Once you’ve chosen your favourite photos, you need to decide how you want to display them. I have a wide selection of different products and packages, depending on your budget and what would best suit the style of your home. And there really is no right or wrong, it’s completely down to what would best suit you.

Maybe you love the idea of having an heirloom album of memories. Something you can pull from the shelf and look through together in years to come. Or maybe you’d like a storyboard frame of all your favourite images? Or a single large print to hang pride-of-place above your fireplace? Maybe you’d also like a few professional prints as gifts for the grandparents? Or perhaps you’d prefer to buy the entire digital gallery and go wild at the printing shop yourself?! 

If you’re having trouble deciding or need some design advice, my lovely studio manager, Jen, is a fountain of knowledge. You’re also welcome to visit my studio if you’d like to see examples of the products in person before you decide. 

4. Oh, the possibilities!

If you decide to purchase the full set of digital images, the possibilities really are endless. You can use the images for personalised family Christmas cards, or get some of the images printed and framed as presents. And don’t be afraid to think outside the box. You can have photos made into pillow cases, mouse mats, even snow globes! If there’s someone in your family who’d love this kind of gift, here’s a whole heap of ideas to get you inspired. 

Now I should say, these kinds of gifts vary greatly in terms of how classy they are (from really sweet and stylish to shamelessly ridiculous!) And of course, some people will find this kind of gift off the charts cheesy! But for some people it’ll be their favourite present ever (after all, what grandparent doesn’t love a photo of their grandchildren or great-grandchildren looking adorable?!) 

The point is, whether you go for one of the more ‘out there’ ideas or just stick with the classics, there’s so much you can do with your family photos beyond just framing them on your own walls.

5. Share the love!

As a family photographer, it’s so wonderful to see my families sharing their family photos with the world! So please, feel free to share them everywhere! 

Post them on Instagram and Facebook, make them your profile picture, send them to your family. If you love them, you can be sure other people will too. So don’t be afraid to share the joy. All I ask is that you credit me as the photographer. 

And if you love your photos and you loved your experience with me as a whole, I’d be so grateful if you let other people know. Word of mouth is priceless for family photographers like myself. And a glowing Google review always ends up with me doing a little happy dance around my kitchen! 

6. Don’t be a stranger

I’ve been a family photographer in Edinburgh for more years than I care to admit! And one of the things I love most about my job is the lasting relationships I build with my families. Watching newlyweds with a bump become parents of two school-age children really is amazing. And I love being a part of a family’s journey, capturing each milestone, and being with them as they enter each new chapter in their lives. 

So please don’t be a stranger. If you need help or advice about your photos, if you want to book your next shoot with me, or even if you just want to catch up and have a chat, I’d love to hear from you. 
If you’ve already had a shoot with me, you’ve got my number so keep in touch! Or if you’d like to book yourself and your family in for your first family photoshoot, get in touch today and let’s chat.