Helping your children prepare for the photo session
Make sure kids are comfortable in what they are wearing. If your child hates what they are wearing it’s going to show in the photos. That may mean scrapping that adorable hair clip or the sweet bow tie that just makes the outfit perfect...trust me, happy kids make better photos than accessories.
Also, dress with the weather in mind. You want to make sure your child isn’t too cold or hot.
Have all of your outfits picked out before the day of your photo shoot so you are not adding any more stress to your day.
Bring an extra set of clothes if they are young.
Have everyone fed and bring extra snacks. It’s hard to calm down hangry kids! Make sure they’ve had plenty to eat before arriving and bring lots of extra snacks. Try to bring snacks that are small and not messy.
Bring lots of water! It’s hard to concentrate for family members and kids if they are either hungry or thirsty.
Talk to your kids before about the photo shoot. Give your kids a head up before the day of the photo shoot about what we’ll be doing and talk to them about how much fun it’s going to be. If your child is old enough, set the expectation of how you would like them to behave during the shoot
Let your child smile naturally! Ok parents...this is a big one!!! Resist the urge to say things like “Don’t smile like that, give me a real smile”. The best way to get a ‘real smile’ is to actually make your child laugh or smile. So instead of telling them how they should look I focus on being silly and eliciting genuine emotions from them. We can achieve this just by having you interact naturally with your child...you know what gets them to smile, giggle, laugh.
Be natural – candid photographs depend on this.
Bribes and Rewards. Bribes are an excellent way to have children behave nicely during a photoshoot. Lollipops, toys, ice cream afterwards...anything that you child finds exciting and can be rewarded with after the photo shoot is a great way to get them to comply with all of the things we ask them to do during the shoot.
Stay Positive and have fun! Your kids will pick up on your mood so try to take some deep breaths and relax and enjoy the experience. Nothing needs to be perfect. I’m capturing your family just as you are at this point in time.
Bring toys that your young child might respond positively to. Books they like to read. This can help engage your child when their attention wanes.