Family Session Guide

Hello, Are you contemplating booking a family session?

Do you have a phone full of photos on as well as CD’s and hard drives full of photos, none of which you’ve printed? If you’ve nodded, then I’m here to help you.

Robyn O’Brien Photography is a full photography boutique service. My goal is to make sure you not only have an amazing session making happy memories, but also specialised beautiful art that you can treasure forever.

So grab a cup of tea, sit back- relax, and flip through this family session guide. Learn how, together we can create an experience of a lifetime!

Planning your session

Mommy and son moment

I know how overwhelming trying to plan for all eventualities, choosing the perfect outfits, packing everything you could possibly need, all while trying to magically pick the perfect timing for your family to keep them smiling. It’s a good thing I’m here for you. I got you covered. You’re biggest job in preparation is to relax.

Think about the type of photos you’re looking for; clean and simple, cosy at home, playful at the park or chaos family fun.

If you get stumped that’s ok, I have hundred of suggestions to help you.

I have a whole post on this if you’re interested in colour schemes and inspiration, but most of all be comfortable and yourself. 

Day of the session

Ryan in the air

I want you to enjoy the day. I don’t want your stressing over outfits, whether your kid will sit still and smile. So relax and have some fun. 

Do not stress, your home does not need to be spotless for your session. Think about the rooms you might want to use. Your bedroom, living room, kitchen, garden are popular. We might ask to move things during the sesion to remove distractions, please don’t be phased by this, it’s just to make the best artwork.

It’s difficult to plan for every eventuality, but here is my guide for an on-location session.

  • Keep plenty of drinks and snacks handy.
  • Toys
  • 3-4 different outfits- You never know when they’ll get muddy. At least one outfit that shows movement. Twirly dress/skirt or a superhero cape.

If you weather is significantly bad, we will reschedule it. However, please be prepared to play in the rain, wind or snow. I love an outdoor adventure.

After the session


You had your session and you loved it… What’s next? Your Session Premier night!

Your Session Premier night will be within two weeks of your session. I’ll come to you (no babysitter needed) and we’ll watch a slideshow of all your images. We’ll go through each image and take a look at product samples. It’s much easier to decide when you can see and touch. You’ll have plenty of time decide which photo works best in your living room.

Yes, after your Session Premier Night. You will have access to a password protected online gallery to share with family and friends. 

You only have a short wait after Session Premier Night. Digital files purchased will be made available within 48 hours and prints and products will be delivered within 2-4 weeks.

Yes, Of course. They are your images to share as you wish. It would be great if you mentioned me during the process. 

Of Course. I’m more than happy to discuss and help plan your wall art, or products. 

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Preparing for your photoshoot

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Want to capture that super sweet moment, without everyone ending up in tears?

Learn how to get the most out of your photo session even if you’ve got kids who refuse to sit still or even look at a camera in the first place, with this printable session planner & checklist.

  • Avoid wasting your session and ONLY capturing ugly side of motherhood
  • Create a perfectly timed magical family fun experience you will want to remember forever
  • Plan your child-proof outfits, so that you can finally sit back and relax

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