I love planning family photo sessions with my clients and so I wanted to put together a list of fun ideas for your family photo session to help you plan for your next family photo session. When you have figured out what you would like your family photo session to look like, contact me. I bet we can fit a couple of your ideas into a fun, carefree session.

Play Outside

I mean, if memories don't consist of chalk dust all over your hands and clothes, bubbles being blown (& popped), and countless hours of swinging.... were you ever even a kid (or parent, lol)? Yes, we can run around field and take beautiful photos while also yelling at your kids not to get dirty in that field and to smile OR we can play in the sprinkler, blow all the bubbles, swing on all the swings, jump on a trampoline, and make magic using our imagination and little bit of dirt.

swinging on backyard swings for fun idea for a family photo session
fun idea for a family photo session: swimming in your backyard pool
little girl playing on backyard swing set for fun family photo session in Charlotte, NC
Little girl sitting on front porch for family photos in Charlotte, NC
Little boy playing with his own toys in comfort of his own backyard during family photo session
family playing in the backyard sprinkler during family photo session in Dilworth, Charlotte
Toddler boy playing basketball during a family photo session

Make a Meal

This a popular idea that people love to do and see. It can be as simple as a snack break or a bbq outside. Breakfast is super cute too because you get to stay in your comfiest jammies and kiddos usually have a lot of their memories tied up in eating pancakes on a Saturday morning and then snuggling on the couch with some cartoons (I know I have a lot of my childhood memories in weekend mornings).

little girl pouring water into pancake batter during family photos
young girl making pancakes for family photo session
waffle breakfast made for a family photo session at home
Little boy eating breakfast during family photo session
Parents chatting and eating breakfast during family photos
Family making breakfast for lifestyle family photos in Charlotte, NC
Boys eating a popsicle snack during documentary family photo session
Baby eating breakfast during photo session

Family Games & Silly Play

Board games, video games, living room forts, arts & crafts, and even playing in a box... Whatever fun and silly things your family loves to do! Some of these things are very unique to an individual family because it's their special moment captured!

Little girls playing in a box during Charlotte family photos
Baby playing in blanket fort during family photo session in Charlotte, NC
Father and son putting together a puzzle during photo session
family playing games for fun family photo session idea

Favorite Hangout

If you're family has a favorite place to go, like Wise Acres for strawberry picking, grabbing ice cream at a local shop, a park to walk & play, an awesome area such as Camp North End that you like to grab food at and explore, etc. Wherever your family is happiest, let's explore!

Little girls swinging at Wise Acres during family photos
Brother and sister having fun at Camp North End for family photos
Little boy playing at park in Charlotte, NC for family photos
Family playing at Camp North End in Charlotte, NC

Let's face it, there are so many more ideas we can come up with to plan your session and so many more photos I can share. Any of these sound like fun ideas you'd like to do during your session? Contact me and we can start planning! There are so many fun and interesting places around Charlotte, NC to explore together!

Thank you so much for reading along! I’m Sabrina, owner of Sabrina Jill Photography, a Charlotte NC photographer specializing in colorful and busy families in south central North Carolina. If you are interested in talking with me more about a session, let’s connect. Not quite ready, but know you want to keep me in mind for the future? No problem! Follow me on Instagram or subscribe to my newsletter!