How to Prepare for Your Family Photo Session with Norabloom

I am so excited for your family photo session! Since we both want this to go as smoothly as possible and be a wonderful experience for everyone involved, here are a few tips to help you prepare for your family photo session with Norabloom.


I recommend choosing Mom’s dress first, and then coordinating everyone else’s outfits to match. Make sure everyone is dressed and ready to go when you arrive. I have more tips on what to wear here, and I’ll also send you my style guide before your session for some extra help. Some of my packages include my signature wardrobe styling, so you may want to consider one of these if you want expert assistance coordinating your family’s outfits.

Mother holding baby in floral romper, how to prepare for your family photo session with Norabloom

Beauty Treatment

Most people know that they want their hair and makeup to look great (and you can always come to the spa for a facial beforehand!) but I always like to remind clients: Remember your hands too! Make sure everyone’s nails are clean. Moms, if you choose to do a manicure before your family session, choose natural, light colors for best results.

Food and Rest

This is especially important for young kiddos! Make sure everyone is fed and well rested as part of preparing for your family photo session. I also recommend bringing a few non-messy snacks for children to enjoy during the session if they need them.

Flowering branch in foreground with mother and baby blurred in background during family photo session with Norabloom, Ithaca NY photographer

Be on Time

Being punctual sounds obvious. Running late is stressful, and it’s hard to get the most out of your session if you’re not there for all of it! But it’s also crucial because I time my sessions around the sun to ensure perfect lighting for your photos. If you’re there a quarter of an hour before your scheduled time it will make your session much more relaxed and your pictures even more beautiful!

Your Family Photo Session

I am so looking forward to documenting your family’s memories! If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Let’s hop on a phone call, meet for tea, or take a stroll together as we plan your next Norabloom experience.

Love, Holly

ithaca Ny photographer

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I love my family, my community, and my craft. On this JOY journey, I decided to be unapologetically me. I am embracing all my passions. I am the founder of Norabloom, a holistic esthetician, certified integrative nutrition health coach, yoga teacher, reiki practitioner, and a photographer. 

I founded Norabloom 24 years ago as a stellar little skin spa with my own line of small batch botanical beauty products. As the years passed, I reconnected with my love of art and photography when my daughter was pregnant with her little one, yes I am a proud (young) grandma! I am doing all the things I love rolled into one ~ Norabloom!

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