If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren’t always easy to do photos with, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your photo 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! (They are our little mirrors, aren't they?!) 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 into because she won't sit still. Focus on the big picture and don't sweat the small stuff.
2. 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 photos. 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. One HUGE priority I have is always keeping it light and fun, 99.9% of the time, when we laugh and have fun we get amazing photos, I am always ready to laugh and be silly!
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. I recommend staying away from any snacks that can stain their face our mouth though!! If we are shooting in a remote location, you never know when you might need something like bug spray, tissues or a first aid kit so bring that along too! I always try to have bug spray and a few little things as well just in case!
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. I have years of experience with kids, as well as having 3 of my own, and I promise to help guide you in what to do and we will get great photos!
5. Have a chat. Get your children talking! Both you and me about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around me and will also give me a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions!