Spending time with your family and playing games with your kids is where I like to start. Sometimes it takes a little time for some personalities to warm up but I have some good activities to help if needed. Extended families are welcome too and PETS! If you have a fur baby - please bring along your dog(s), they are a part of your family and make a great addition to your portraits!
Please be open minded and relaxed for your portraits. As a fellow Mumma (and a perfectionist) I have had a number of my own family photoshoots and I can honestly say from experience that “expression beats perfection” this is a powerful mantra to say to yourself on the day! Children playing and having fun is a far better result than being told they must sit “here” and smile… especially for the wriggly smallest ones!