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78 kid-approved ideas for your family photos

Every family and every chapter of life will look different, so it’s important not to pick something that ‘sounds fun’ or that you think will ‘look good’. If you’re not a cookie-baking mum, let’s find something else to do that is more reflective of you and your story.

So you’ve searched family photography Gold Coast and decided you don’t want to just stand in a field and smile for your photos, but what else is there? Perhaps an in-home family photography session is more your vibe. It’s not about having the picture-perfect home, it’s about capturing your story in the place your people are most comfortable, which is usually at home. If your kids are the adventurous kind, perhaps your ideal session is at the creek or hanging at the beach?

As a general guide for sessions, I try to get people to think about the kind of activities they enjoy doing together. Every family and every chapter of life will look different, so it’s important not to pick something that ‘sounds fun’ or that you think will ‘look good’. If you’re not a cookie-baking mum, let’s find something else to do that is more reflective of you and your story.

Your photos should be a reminder of the things your family love to do together right now in THIS chapter.

Don’t overthink this, perhaps even ask your partner or your kids! These photos will be for them too, and sometimes it’s the sweetest and simplest things that are most special to them.

To get the ball rolling, I’ve put together a handy list of ideas…

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In-home photo session ideas…

  • Snuggling in bed
  • Pillow fights
  • Baking muffins or cookies
  • Cooking a traditional dish
  • Reading books in bed
  • Playing with their favourite toys
  • Dance party
  • Dress-ups
  • Fruit break
  • Dad chasing them around the house
  • Playing with pets
  • Tickle fights
  • Bath time
  • A ‘family photo’ by the front door of your home
  • Drawing/painting/Play-Doh/craft
  • Board games
  • Card games
  • Playing your favourite musical instrument
  • Decorating the Christmas tree
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Making pizzas
  • Snuggles with their favourite teddy
  • ‘Keepy Uppy’ with a balloon
  • Hugging their favourite sibling
  • Breastfeeding
  • A family tradition
  • Renovating the house
  • Building a house

Let’s not forget outside in the yard …

  • Toasting marshmallows by the fire
  • Chalk drawings on the driveway
  • Eating ice-creams on the back step
  • Running under the sprinkler
  • Cannon balls in the pool
  • Bouncing on the trampoline
  • Water-bomb fight
  • Kicking the ball
  • Picking fruit/veggies/flowers
  • Playing in the sandpit
  • Hanging out in the cubby house
  • Throwing the ball to the dog
  • Riding bikes or scooters
  • Watering the garden
  • Wrestling with Dad
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Playing in the mud
  • Splashing in a kiddy pool
  • Collecting the mail
  • Waving to the bin truck
  • Feed the chooks
  • Collecting eggs
  • Swinging on the swings
  • Doing the kids’ favourite household chores
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Riding a horse

If you’re keen to get out and about for your family photos, here are some ideas …

  • A trip to the beach
  • Picnic at the creek
  • Ice-cream shop
  • Fish and chips
  • Bike rides
  • Rainforest hike
  • Camping trip (ask me, I might tag along!)
  • Fishing
  • Boat adventures
  • A walk to the local playground
  • Trip to the toy shop
  • Exploring the Botanic Gardens
  • Climbing trees
  • Sushi Train
  • Surfing or bodyboarding
  • Throwing rocks in a pond
  • Skateboarding
  • ‘Barkey boats’ (if you and the kids are fond of Bluey, you’ll know all about this one)
  • Trips to Bunnings
  • Exploring rock pools
  • Visiting Nanna
  • Singing in the car
  • Feeding the ducks
  • Walking the dog

FYI, this is NOT a definitive list. You’re more than welcome to hit me with your own ideas (in fact, please do!). We can do multiple activities as part of your session. I just want your session to be a fun day, not a ‘shot list’ – I want to capture the real laughs, the real cuddles, the tears and tantrums that may happen along the way.

I don’t want you to just look at your photos and say ‘look how cute they were then’, I want you to say ‘that was the best summer’, or ‘I used to love going there with them’, or ‘I love the life we’ve made’, because next year your favourite things with be different, you’ve suddenly moved on to another chapter and it’s all those little details that fade away…

If you’re keen to capture your story, get in touch!

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