May 20, 2023

Surviving a Big Bear Family Photoshoot

Posted in: Photography

Big Bear Family Photography

When it comes to your family and photos, I get it. You want to look natural, you want to capture the moment, and you want actually to enjoy the experience. But some many moving parts and things could go wrong at your Big Bear family photoshoot.

When it comes to family photo shoots, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. You can get stuck in traffic, the kids can have meltdowns, or you could have your photo taken at the worst location possible. The good news is that with these tips, you can survive any family photo shoot!

1) Plan for your Big Bear Family Photoshoot

Big Bear Family Photoshoot

The first step to surviving any family photo shoot is planning ahead. Make sure you schedule the time and date of your photo shoot well in advance to avoid any unexpected problems. You should also consider what clothing everyone should wear for their pictures and ensure they have all their props ready (you wouldn’t want to miss out on those precious moments because someone forgot their toy truck).

2) Dress appropriately – especially during the winter season!

When it comes to dressing for a family photoshoot, some basic rules should be followed: everyone should plan their outfit as a whole, but appropriately for the weather conditions. Neutrals are always a recommendation for colors from me. You can do so much with a neutral color and change up the shade so your family members are wearing similar colors but don’t blend into one.

Bring jackets, gloves, and beanies if it’s during the winter. You don’t have to warm them in your photos, but it’s a good idea to put them on between different family shots and groupings. HOT TIP: Hand warmers are great for hiding in your gloves and keeping your fingers toasty. You can find a box at Costco (in the winter time) or buy them at any major store.

3) Bring snacks and drinks for your family

For those with little ones, BRING SNACKS. Sometimes the only thing that can put a smile on your baby’s face is a handful of Goldfish or Cheerios. The most minor things can make or break a family session. If your child is hungry, they won’t look happy in your family photos. When you’re out at a mountain location, there is a high likely hood that you won’t have a place nearby to buy a quick snack, especially since you’re on a time limit. Bring a backpack with treats and water to make it easier on you!

It doesn’t hurt to bring candy or other treats to bribe your kids into getting a good shot.


Bring sunscreen for the whole family during the sunny seasons or bug spray if you go out later at night. We’re in the forest, and trust me; there are bugs. Mqusitois love being near the lake at nighttime. Be prepared to ward off the bugs with a spray so you don’t get red bumps later.

Pack extra clothes for everyone in the family and yourself. For the young ones in your family, bring an extra onesie or sweater that they can switch out in case they get it dirty. There is only so much Photoshop can do! So make sure you have a backup plan.

Ask if the location has a bathroom; most of the time, they won’t if it’s in the forest beside the great outdoors. If this is the case, have a plan for diaper changes and go to the restroom before the session.

At the end of the day, getting family photos taken at Big Bear will become a fun activity you do each year that will give you great memories and picture frames for years to come. Once you have these tips down, you’ll see that taking photos will become a family moment you’ll never forget.

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