Choose clothes carefully.
When you are in the process of getting your family portraits taken, you need to make sure that you get to go out of your way to really ensure that you choose the clothing options accordingly when it all comes down to it. Take some time off or perhaps even an entire day off to go through everyone’s closets and so that you can predetermine the kind of outfits that the family will be wearing during the day of the photo shoot. Your family portraits will come out looking so much better when the clothes are coordinated and planned out the right way. It would be a bit silly for you to try to get the family to dress up identically. This is not the way to go. You will have a better approach on things when you coordinate them instead.
You can coordinate based on colors or themes.
Regardless of what your choices will be like, all that you technically need to know is that for as long as there is some sort of congruence or continuity in what you are trying to pull off for the photo shoot, this should be more than suffice and this gives you something tangible for you to be able to work with at the end of the day. It doesn’t have to be that hard or anything like that at all. Goes with what feels good and natural and with what you think will look great on you and the rest of your family and you should be at a pretty good place.
Get the family fed and rested.
Your family portraits will not come out looking as great as you would like them to if you and the rest of your family are grumpy because all of you are tired and hungry. You can easily pre-empt this and you can do something about this. Make sure that you don’t book on a work night or a school night (this should be a given). Make sure that you have a small snack bar or table laid out so that people can just snatch something up when they have the munchies. Make sure that everyone is well fed and well rested and you will end up with far less complaints. This will make your family photo shoot come by so much smoother both for you as well as for your professional photographer.
Have ample time to get ready.
This is not the type of thing that you would want to rush into regardless of what happens. You need at least 2 hours or so to get yourself ready as well as to get the rest of the family ready as well. You always have this notion that you can get prepped in under an hour but this isn’t possible with multiple people, especially kids, included in the equation.
Ask the dads to participate.
Dads are oftentimes unwilling participants when it comes to family portraits but if you can get him to more or less feign enthusiasm, in the very least, then you will at least get things worked out for you in advance.