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My Top 5 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier

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 below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming session. 

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 behavior will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have to make some compromises to keep the peace, such as letting your energetic daughter’s hair stay straight instead of curling it because she won’t sit still, or letting your little one kick of his shoes because they hurt his feet (who doesn’t love little toe photos anyway?)Focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff. 

2. Make it fun. Let the kids have a couple “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 photos. This way everyone wins. If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game. They all love to “floss” and Simon Says usually works like a charm. I also almost always bring along a big quilt for some added fun, who remembers playground parachute?

A big quilt always makes for fun photos, playground parachute, anyone?

3. Be prepared. If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea. If you are having your own photos taken too then you might want to bring a family member or friend along to help watch the kids. If you happen to be shooting in a remote location, you never know when you might need something like bug spray or tissues .

4. Be patient. Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from kids just doing their own thing. Work with your photographer and your photos will look fantastic.  Sometimes the best photo happen when we forget we are in front of the camera.

Little ones love to fly!

5. Have a chat. Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around your photographer and will also give your photographer a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions. 

One Last Tip: Throughout the week of your session, introduce your child to your photographer: show them a photo of me showcased on my website and drop my name a few times while talking about how excited your are for the session. This will help them become familiar with me and ease those jitters when we are first introduced.

July 24, 2020

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