Planning your family portrait

Make the most of your family portrait experience,  just by putting a little planning into your portrait beforehand will help us to create priceless photo memories that you and your family can treasure forever.

Start at the end!

Sounds counter intuitive but having clear goals in mind before your family or baby photo shoot will improve the results tremendously as your photographer will be able to tailor the shots exactly to your taste.  For instance, do you prefer funky colour or classic black and white photographs. What shades of colour or black and white photography look good against your decor. What would look great in your home, a contemporary canvas/block or one of our stylish photo frames. Have a look at books/magazines and online for inspiration. Remember we are here to guide you all along the way.

Room view for planning your family portrait
Planning your family portrait a room view

Plan ahead for the day

Now you have some great ideas of how your wall portraits will look it’s time to have fun planning your family photo shoot.  List who will be coming; make some short notes about them, what is their particular style (trend setting shoes, hats, sunglasses,skateboards, wacky ties etc.), what are their interests. (sport, gardening, cooking, retail therapy, musical instruments,fashion?)  What are the things that characterize you and bring you together (e.g. sport, music, favourite holiday location). Think about the clothes and props you will bring – need some ideas on your clothing? just follow this link –  what to wear at your photo shoot

At your family photo shoot

Please allow plenty of time for your arrival and parking, it makes for a lot less stress. If you can plan your portrait session around the children’s sleeping and eating times so they are full of life and at their best, particularly younger members of your family. Try not to tell them to ‘smile at the camera’ or ‘behave themselves’. We will capture their natural expressions on the day so that you will have a lasting record of the real thing. Most importantly – be prepared to HAVE A GREAT TIME!

We know how keen you will be to come back to view your images, so please bring your diary with you so we can organise your viewing appointment for as soon as possible after the shoot.

A room view for planning your family portrait

Viewing and ordering your images

Choosing your family portraits in our digital viewing theatre is great fun and because there are no proofs to take away, it’s very important that everyone who needs to make or confirm decisions attends the viewing.  All our portraits are supplied in beautiful designer frames or blocks.

Your images will be edited for you, leaving the best to choose from and you will have the opportunity to make a selection with expert guidance. Please bring notes with you (wall measurements etc.) we can even project and overlay canvasses/frames onto images you have taken of your walls at home (please read our folder for instructions), sit back and enjoy the experience in our projection room we are their to guide and help you make your choices. After you have made your selection and chosen your wall art or albums please allow 4-6 weeks for your wall portraits to be expertly edited and crafted.

Peter Arciero will help and guide you when planning your family portrait, pet portrait, fairy experience photo shoot or newborn baby portrait baby cherubs portrait.


Family photo shoots take place in his professional portrait studio here in Brighton, East Sussex, please ask for details if you require a lifestyle location photo shoot in Brighton and Hove or any other areas such as Eastbourne, London, Kent, Surrey or the south east of England.

If you are looking for professional family photos Brighton and Hove or south east England please call on 01273582149