Preparation Guide


Niki Sprekos Photography, Family Gallery


Niki Sprekos Photography, Family Gallery
Family portfolio


During the family shoot, if you are not in the picture, please let me just interact with your child, unless I ask for help!  Many parents will stand behind me trying to get their babies’ attention and all it does is distract baby from me!

I like to give the little ones a chance to just play with me, so it’s okay if they aren’t giving big smiles right off the bat. Trust me and trust the process.

Mum and dad, as you focus on your children, don’t forget about yourself!  Keep your posture good as well as ensuring your chin doesn’t pull in. These allow for the most flattering images.   Something else to keep in mind is to be watchful of your own expression as you’re trying to get baby to smile. Remember you are in the photos as well!

Rest assured I’ll be watching all of you and will definitely let you know if I see something out of place or looking off.


A quick but important note:  If the weather turns out warmer / cooler than you anticipated when putting together outfits, please adjust what everyone is wearing.  Doing a session when it’s sweltering and kids are overdressed is never fun.  Likewise, if a cold front comes through unexpectedly, please put on jumpers, jackets, etc.  I can’t photoshop out goose bumps and blue lips! If I think the kids are too cold/hot I will postpone a session anyway or cut them short.  We can’t force people too be happy if the environment isn’t in our favour.


Just as important as the weather, is that everyone being photographed be feeling 100%. There isn’t anything worse than an unhappy and sick feeling child – they especially do not want to be in front of a camera.

At the first sign that your kids aren’t well, please give me a call.

During your session

During the session

A few additional thoughts

Family portfolio, Family Pricing

If your little one brings a special comforter (stuffed animal, blanket, etc) we can also use that at the end to capture some memories with that special piece of their childhood!


Other important things to consider are:

  • Plan ahead and determine how long it will take to get to your family shoot destination. Take into account the time and traffic.
  • Give your little one a feed before the session to ensure they are full and happy.
  • Bring supplies for your children
  • Such as snacks, treats, water, bibs, tissues, wipes, etc

  • clean your children’s face (eyes, nose, mouth), it’s amazing what is always left behind. fingernails and toenails cleaned and cut.  I cannot edit out dirt or nail polish.
  • making sure child’s hair is clean
  • Parents - Apply makeup and blow wave your hair
  • Bring additional clothes. Just in case the weather changes (we do live in Melbourne! Or you child gets dirty and falls in a puddle!