If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren’t always easy to deal with, which is why the tips outlined below will definitely come in handy before your upcoming family photo session.
Tip #1 – Don’t make a huge deal out of it. If you’re stressed out and cranky, your kids will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Their behaviour will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have to make some compromises to keep the peace3 such as letting your energetic daughter’s hair stay straight instead of curling it because she won’t sit still. Focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Make it fun. Let the kids have a couple of “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose or props. You get to keep the more serious photos while they get to keep their silly ones. This way — everyone wins! If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game. Simon Says usually works like a charm.
Be prepared. If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well-rested and have had their nap and a snack. Bringing along some more snacks and activities is also a great idea. If you are having your own photos taken as well, then be sure to bring along a babysitter or a family member to watch the kids. If you happen to be shooting in a remote location, you never know when you might need something like bug spray, sun tan lotion, tissues or a first aid kit so bring that along too.
Be patient. Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from the kids just doing their own thing. Work with your photographer and your photos will look fantastic.
Have a chat. Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such a school, or their favourite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around your photographer and will also give the photographer a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.
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