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5 Things to Bring to Your Vermont Family Photography Session

A little advance planning can make your Vermont family photography session go very smoothly. I’ll be with you every step of the way from selecting the location to checking in before the session and, of course, delivering your gallery on time. You’ll get a detailed session prep guide when you book, but here’s a quick list of things to bring to your family photo session.

Parents and their teenage daughter relax on a blanket in front of a fence and fall foliage - Vermont Family Photography

Layers – and not just for the weather

Have you heard what the Old Timers say about the weather in Vermont? “If you don’t like it, just wait a few hours!” Yup, conditions around here can change pretty quickly.

But, bringing layers isn’t just so you’ll be comfortable when the temperature drops. Layers and textures look great in photos. Scarves, knit sweaters, denim jackets will all add depth and interest to images from your Vermont family photography session.

Mom and Dad hug their teenage daughter on a beautiful fall day - Vermont Family Photography Session

Its a great idea to plan to include several different textures in your photo session attire.

Image of two children in the evening taken by - Vermont Family Photography

Extra shoes?

Depending on the location you select, we might have to walk a bit before we take the photos. Many clients like to wear light hikers until we reach our destination then slip on some more fun (and perhaps less practical) shoes for the photos.

Mom and Dad spread a blanket for the family while the little girls play -- Vermont Family Photography

Snacks and Baby Wipes

If I’ll be photographing kids at your family photo session, snacks are a good thing to have on hand. Be sure to bring snacks that won’t make a mess.

A two year old plays near her parents on a rocky beach - Vermont Family Photography

Snack suggestions

  • Cheese slices
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Granola Bars (if not too gooey)
  • Crackers (without cheese powder)
  • Carrot sticks
  • Water

Avoid snacks that could easily make a mess. Chocolate melts. Yogurt is messy. The powdered cheese on Pirate’s Booty and some crackers is just messy. These are great after-photo snacks!

Black and white image of Dad hugging is 2 and 4 year old daughters

Please bring some baby wipes just in case…

Backup Clothes

You probably already thought of this, but for little ones, an extra set of clothes is a must. Babies spit up. Toddlers take tumbles. Diaper situations happen. Remember, I’ve got four kids of my own so I’m well versed in rolling with kiddo situations. I also build extra time into your my schedule to allow for these moments to unfold stress-free.

Mom with older dog and toddler

And, if yours is prone to spitting up, a spare top for the parents is a smart idea too. When my kids were at that stage my shirt was always the last one to get changed before I walked out the door to work!

If your family is at this stage, the best spot might be your back yard. That way you have all the things you might need readily accessible. Kids at this age are also often most comfortable at home.

The Family Dog because it is a Vermont Family Photography Session

Don’t forget Fido! Let’s be sure to discuss this in the planning stage, but know that I love to photograph the family dog(s)! We’ll need to select a location that allows dogs — that might even be your yard. (You might also enjoy my Dog Photography Tips post.)

A young couple plays with their dog in the grass

Ready for a Vermont Family Photography Session?

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