Three (Surprising) Things You HAVEN’T Prepped for Your Family Photo Session

So, you’ve finally booked that long-awaited family photo session with me! Together, we have coordinated outfits, picked a picturesque location and mentally prepared the kids (and maybe even yourself) for our big day. But hold on just a second! Before you say cheese (not really, I won’t make you do that), there are a few unexpected prep steps you might have overlooked.

1. Groomed Nails

I’m not suggesting you schedule a full-on manicure session before your photo shoot (though, by all means, treat yourself if you want to!). However, taking a few minutes to ensure everyone’s nails are clean and trimmed can elevate the overall look of your photos. Think about it: those close-up shots where everyone’s hands are intertwined or resting on shoulders can easily be marred by unkempt nails. It’s a small detail, but one that can make a big impact on the final result. Plus, groomed nails show attention to detail and can add a touch of polish to your family’s appearance.

2. No Hangry Faces

We’ve all been there – you’re running late, trying to wrangle the kids into their photo-ready attire, and you realize no one has eaten since breakfast. Cue the meltdowns and grumbling stomachs. While it might seem counterintuitive to encourage everyone to chow down before a photoshoot, trust me on this one. A hungry family is not a happy family. I suggest making sure everyone has had a nutritious snack or meal to keep energy levels (and moods) in check.

3. Say No to Wrinkle Woes

Nothing can detract from a fabulous outfit like creased fabric, and unfortunately, wrinkles have a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it. Take the extra time to steam or iron your clothes before our session.

Edmond, OK Fall Family Photo Session

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FAQs for Clients

1.) What types of Photography do you offer?


I specialize in candid family, child and high school senior portraits in the Oklahoma City and the Dallas metroplexes. I also photograph events, sports and headshots.


2.) What location will we use?


I am primarily an on-location natural light photographer. I will assist you in determining a beautiful and scenic location for our session.


3.) What time of day do you book sessions?


Session are booked approximately 1.5 -2 hours prior to sunset or within an hour of sunrise.


4.) What do we wear?


I can most definitely help you with that! After ten years of photographing clients, I have learned what photographs well and what doesn't. Upon booking a session with me, I am happy to connect you with some tried and true styling tips. I will also help you with your specific outfit choices.


5.) My kids are WILD. Can you handle it?


Yep! I sure can! Aside from my own "spirited" children, I was an elementary school teacher for seven years. Not even the grumpiest dad or emotional teen scares me :). Just show up ready to have fun + love on your people. I will do the rest!

6.) Do you travel?


I LOVE to travel with clients! I have been across the globe photographing some amazing families. Booking a travel session with me is way more affordable than you think - plus I provide you with much more than just a standard session. Click on my travel portfolio to see images from the beach, Canada, Bali, New York City and more!


7.) How much do you charge?


Photo sessions are $950 plus state sales tax. This includes at least 65+ digital images, each carefully hand edited by Missy.

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