family playing on the beach at Portrush

Feeling camera shy? 😬 No worries, it’s totally normal! We’ve all been there, wondering how to strike the perfect pose or what to do with our hands. But fear not, because I’ve got your back! Here are six ways to help you to relax in front of the camera during your family photo session:

1️. You’re not alone!

I’ll be your friendly guide throughout the process, providing posing tips and gentle direction. Think of me as your cheerleader, capturing your best moments while keeping things relaxed and enjoyable. 🙌

2️ Let go and be yourselves!

Embrace those natural, candid moments with your loved ones. Forget about perfection and staged poses. It’s the genuine laughter, hugs, and interactions that make your photos truly special. So, relax, have fun, and let your unique personalities shine! 😄

3. Plan your outfits!

The golden rule is comfort meets style. Now, I’m not suggesting you show up in your coziest lounge wear, although that might be tempting!

What I mean is, choose outfits that make you look and feel great while allowing you to move naturally and comfortably.

When you book a family photography session with me, I send you my outfit planning guide, which takes the guesswork out of what to wear on your session.

4 Focus on your family.

When you’re fully present and connected with each other, the self-consciousness melts away. Enjoy the moment, create memories, and let me capture those beautiful bonds. This is a great way to relax in front of the camera!

5 Embrace imperfections. Perfection is overrated! Don’t stress about hair that is out of place, but embrace the silly moments, unexpected surprises, and unique quirks. Those often turn out to be the most cherished memories captured in your photos. 💖

6. Find the right photographer

Guess what? Being a family photographer is about so much more than just pressing a button

Yes, technical skills are important, and I’ve spent over 15 years investing in training so that I can be the best at what I do. But it’s more than that…

It’s about building a connection that allows you to feel relaxed, be yourselves, and let your love and joy shine through.

When there’s that sense of trust and understanding between you and your photographer, the entire session becomes not just a photoshoot, but a fun experience of capturing moments that resonate with your family’s essence.

Behind that lens, I’m not merely an observer but a storyteller, an artist, and a memory-maker.

You see, as a family photographer, I don’t just document smiles and poses; I capture the love, the laughter and the genuine connections that define your family. I want to help you to feel comfortable in front of the camera, creating an atmosphere where you can be your true selves, allowing your personalities to shine through.

I’ll laugh with you, play with your kids, and, most importantly, make you feel less like strangers and more like friends.

So, when you hire me a family photographer, you’re not just investing in a service; you’re investing in a dedicated professional who is passionate about preserving your family’s unique journey.

I hope you have found these tips on how to relax in front of the camera useful! So take a deep breath, trust in the process and in me as your photographer. Together, we’ll create stunning images that tell your one-of-a-kind family story. Get ready to have a blast and forget that the camera is even there! Let’s capture those priceless moments together.

If you have any questions or need further guidance, feel free to reach out. I’m here to make your family photo session a relaxed and memorable experience!




Are you herding cats when you try to get a family photo? 

Are you herding cats when you try to get a family photo? 

Let me paint a familiar picture for you: you're trying to wrangle your kids for that perfect family photo, but it feels like herding cats, am I right?  You've got one little angel posing perfectly, and just as you're about to snap the pic, chaos erupts! ...