Michelle Vaz Photography Session Guide

Ready for your photo shoot?

Hi there!

I'm so excited that you've booked a photo shoot with me. This is our first step to creating beautiful art for your family, of your family!

I've put together this guide to help you prepare yourself and your family for your upcoming photo shoot. Spare a couple of minutes to read through.


Family Session Prep Guide

Session Day

Session time:

I will be at the location at least 15-20 minutes before the session start time. Please be punctual so that we have enough time to get the best photos within the agreed duration.

Your photo shoot has a specific duration based on the package that you've booked. The session will end according to the contracted duration and any delays in arrival or dressing up will result in lesser time for photos.

But fret not, I have kids too and I understand that sometimes we just need more time. If I do not have another photo shoot booked after your session, I would be delighted to offer you the option to upgrade your package for more time and more photos.

Don't forget to look for parking options and commute time well in advance so that you can arrive on time.

What to bring:

  • Snacks for the little ones. We will always go at the pace of the kids because happy kids = happy photos!
  • Hair brush and hair products if needed.
  • Touch-up make-up: lip-wear, eyeliner. Don't worry about acne or scars. I will take care of that for you.

The Studio:

  • If your photo shoot is booked for the studio, you are welcome to arrive 15 minutes before your session if you'd like to dress up or dress the kids.
  • The studio is a shoe-free zone. If you need to wear shoes for your photos, we will clean the soles first so don't worry. But otherwise, bare feet is best!
  • The studio decor is white, and light neutral colors.

Style Guide

Deciding what to wear for your session can seem overwhelming, and is often the most stressful portion of the prep - but it doesn't have to be. Here are some easy guidelines to help you and your family look your best for your photos.

What to Wear:

  • Go simple for family’s wardrobe. When planning your outfits for the family & sibling shots, stick with soft, neutral colors like white, grey or cream as the dominant colors. This keeps the focus on baby and the family connection. Please make sure everything is ironed and stain-free.
  • For siblings, I recommend a classic, timeless outfit. Avoid prints, big brand logos and shirts with writing. Those can be distracting in photos as the eye immediately goes to the words or picture on the shirt instead of the sweet family moment.
  • Lay everything out: Group everyones outfits and lay it across a bed to be sure everything coordinates. Think about Mom's outfit first and then it gets easier to plan everyone else's outfits around hers.
  • I am more than happy to help! If you have any questions or want some inspiration for wardrobe or other help, please reach out.

What to Avoid:

  • Neon colors. Vibrant, neon colors can create a color-cast changing the color and tint of your skin.
  • Stripes and busy patterns. Less is more!

Think about how you want to display your photos

When choosing colors and tones, ask yourself how it will coordinate with your home once it becomes Wall Art. The whole idea of investing in family photography is so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor everyday in your home with images that bring you joy!


I encourage you to visit my website or Instagram feed @michellevazphotography and DM me the links of the style of photos that you would like for your family.

Draw inspiration from Instagram & Facebook to see what speaks to you and your family style.

Feel free to take a look at my website, Facebook or Instagram and send me links if you see something you want to try so I can have it ready.

I'm here to help!

Send me screenshots of shopping considerations, snap a selfie or take a pic of everyones outfits on a bed and I'll help you pick your outfits if you want me to!

Not to sound super cheesy, but it’s true — this time is so fleeting, take it in! I want you to have fun and make happy memories. It’s going to be fantastic! I can’t wait!

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