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Benefits of Taking Family Photos During A Senior Photo Session

Columbus, Ohio, Senior Photographer

When was the last time you took some high-quality pictures with your loved ones? If you can’t remember or if it hasn’t happened yet, I’ve got the perfect solution! Bring the whole family together during your child’s senior photo session!

photo of a high school senior posing in studio for a shot by themselves and a photo of them with their family outdoors
Senior Photos + Family Photos = Winning Combination

So, your child--who you are sure was just in diapers yesterday--has finally grown up and is halfway out the door to college - wow, time flies!

Whenever I host a senior photo session, I know what a proud and sentimental time it can be for everyone, especially the parents. That’s why I’d like to extend an official invitation to rally your group together and make some memories that are meant to last.

I know what you’re thinking… “I don’t want to hijack my child's senior photo session!”

But I’m here to reassure you that it’s not like that at all! It’s actually an added bonus to the photo session!

Bringing loved ones along is a great opportunity to create updated family portraits that parents cherish now and that seniors will appreciate once they start making their way in the real world.

If your current family portraits are collecting dust on your mantel, or if the last time you had family photos was when your senior was in preschool, then maybe this is a sign to just go for it! And you can get your holiday photos out of the way early too. It’s a win-win!

photo of a girl wearing glasses and a button up shirt for her senior photo session in columbus ohio

Benefits of Creating Family Portraits During a Senior Photo Session

  • Timing - it's easier than ever because families join at the END of the senior session

  • Family photos are quick (but not rushed)

  • Capture updated portraits of parents by themselves

  • Create sibling photos (or re-create a blast from the past photo)

  • One session fee - that's it!

family portrait of mom, two daughters, and dad in westerville ohio
When was the last time your family had updated portraits?

Timing Has Never Been Easier

Now that I’ve got you on board, here’s how I recommend timing for the family photo portion.

Since your senior is already camera ready, I suggest families join in toward the end of the senior photo session. Typically this is when we’ve moved beyond the studio, and we’re shooting at an outdoor location.

I usually ask the parent who comes along for the entire senior session to be the point of contact for the rest of the family. They can update the rest of the gang on timing as the session moves along.

With a little coordination on timing, family photos have never been easier!

photo of high school senior posing for senior photo session. One is indoors at photo studio. The other is outdoors in front of an ivy covered wall.
My senior photo sessions normally start in the studio and then we move outdoors. The outdoor location is the perfect time to have family join in!

Family Session Inspo

Whether you want complete family portraits or just some updated sibling shots (when was the last time those happened?!), the idea is to have FUN and make some memories along the way!

These tend to be quick and easy, and for the impatient folks (cough*dads*cough), they're usually done in 15 or 20 minutes!

Parents - when was the last time you had photos taken of you and your partner? If you said at your wedding, you're not alone. I hear that often, and it's time to change that!

portrait of man and woman during family photo session in westerville ohio

Do you have a hilarious sibling photo you've been dying to recreate? Let's do it! The photos will be fun and will be sure to put a smile on everyone's faces - especially grandparents!

photo of two girls outdoors for sibling portraits. One is wearing a dress, the other is wearing jeans and a button up shirt

For the dads that don't necessarily love to have photos taken, I've found these moments tend to pull at those nostalgic heartstrings a bit - so be prepared for that.

photo of dad with his daughters and a photo of mom with her daughters during a senior photo session in columbus ohio
I love capturing each parent with the kids alone. These are great for the kids and parents memory books!

Shot List for Family Sessions

  • Family together

  • Parents together

  • Siblings together

  • Siblings separately

  • Each parent with children

  • Senior by themselves (they are the star of the day, after all)

portrait of two sisters during a senior photoshoot in westerville ohio in front of an ivy wall

When we collaborate on your senior photo session, here are some added bonuses so you can get the most out of our time together:

  • One Session Fee - that's it! There are no additional fees to add family to your senior photo session.

  • Want to bring your bestie? Let's do it! I've done several sessions where seniors have brought their best friends along!

  • Make your day purrrrfect by bringing your furry friend to your senior session! They're family too!

Graduation is always a time of celebration and reflection, and I want my clients to be able to remember these times with beautiful photos.

I don't need to tell you how fast time flies, so make the most out of your senior session by creating family memories too!

portrait collage of high school senior photos in columbus ohio portrait studio

The final takeaway I want you to keep in mind is this: the focus will still be on your senior photo session. Family photos are just a bonus and 100% optional!

Ready to schedule your session?

Want to see more of my work first?

Click here to head to my senior page or here for my family page!


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