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What Do You Do When Your Husband Hates Photos?!

what do you do when your husband hates photos by cairns best family and motherhood photographer Lizzy Hannaford Photography

Ok, so I’ve been a professional photographer in Cairns for over 5 years now.  In that time, I’ve picked up just a litttttttttle common theme. HUSBANDS HATE PHOTOS! 🤣

I’d be being completely mean if I said there weren’t some men who come along to their family Photoshoot happy (or at least, compliant!) but generally, I’m regularly told by my clients that their husband or partner don’t really want to be there. 

Honestly, I don’t mind. I liken it to being like a dentist. Most people hate you, but they come along and do as they’re told 😉

So, tell me honestly, are you putting off having photos taken with your children because the man in your life refuses?!


So, what do you do when your husband hates photos?!

  1. Pick a photographer you think they’ll get along with. Are they sarcastic? Quiet? With social media these days you can generally get an idea of the photographer and pick someone who might be able to bring him out of his shell. I’ve had so many Dads leave sessions saying it wasn’t as bad as they thought. 
  2. Be honest with him about why you’d like to get them. Are they bad at taking natural photos of you with your children? Explain to him that because of that, you’d love to get a professional photographer to take some for you and you’d love to have him involved. Maybe it’s for your family Christmas card photo, or a gift for a grandparent. Men are logical and Sometimes, all they need is a reason.
  3. Let him see the photographers work. Can he see himself in the photos? Do the families in the photos look happy and like they’re having fun? This might help him see professional photos in a more positive light. 
  4. Chat with your photographer. Let them know your concerns. I can always get a feel for how Dad is going during the session. I chat with him at the start if I know he’s not really into it and ask what he’s comfortable with. Even if he just hops in a couple, you still get the family photo you want and then the rest of the session can be focused on the kids and you with your children.
  5. Lastly, when it comes up to Mothers Day, I offer Mothers Day mini sessions. These are the perfect opportunity for you to be in the photos with your children without having to worry about whether your partner is over it. I always find once Dad takes a step back and has a little break if he’s not keen, that mums can relax and really make the most of their Photoshoot. To get on the waitlist for the Mother’s Day mini sessions, just click here. 


I hope that gives you some ideas about how you can approach booking a family session with your husband or partner. As always, if you’d like to ask any questions, leave a comment or send me a DM on Instagram. I love to help in any way I can! 

If you’d like to book a family session, you can contact me here. 

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Here at Lizzy Hannaford Photography, I am committed to creating a relaxed, fun photography experience that even Dads can enjoy! 

I draw on my lifetime of experience working with children and families from a range of backgrounds to ensure you feel safe to be yourselves and most importantly, feeling like having family photographs taken was easy. 

From providing a studio wardrobe for Mums & styling guidance for the entire family to my step by step preparation guide, you can be assured you will be taken care of.

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