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What are some key items to bring for a family (i.e., children, parents, pets) photoshoot?

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What does that mean, a family photoshoot? – Dave Van den Eynde Aug 2 '10 at 16:14
Sorry that wasn't more clear! I meant with children and pets. – heidiphoto Aug 2 '10 at 16:28
This is rather subjective as it currently reads - you may want to consider re-wording so that it's more specific. – Rowland Shaw Aug 2 '10 at 17:39
possible duplicate of What are must have accessories? – chills42 Aug 2 '10 at 18:47
On seeing the title, I was prepared to mark to close as subjective. But the lists given in the answers actually seem pretty useful! – mattdm Mar 26 '11 at 4:26
  1. Patience
  2. Camera
  3. Lots of Memory
  4. Sense of humor
  5. Napkins/tissues/paper towels for cleaning up faces (depending on ages of subjects)
  6. Brush/comb and maybe detangling solution
  7. Patience
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And some more patience... – Guffa Aug 2 '10 at 16:19
Patience. Definitely patience. – AJ Finch Aug 3 '10 at 13:50

I will add to that:

  1. An assistant who can corale people (My wife's family has easily 110 just including the first cousins, so this is necessary for me)
  2. A stool to stand on to get everyone in (again, 110 people)
  3. A wide lens
  4. Keys or jingly/flashy objects to get kids to look at you when everyone else is
  5. More patience
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Other than patience, I usually brought these items:

  1. 2 speed lights & batteries
  2. tripod & 1 light stand
  3. 1 silver umbrella, 1 white umbrella
  4. multi-color reflector
  5. CTO gel
  6. Camera and 24-70 lens
  7. Did I mention patience?
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