If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Don’t worry – here is a list of my top tips for making a photo session with kids easier
1. Don’t make a huge deal out of it
If you’re stressed out, 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 peace. 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. And it helps the kids relax a little too. 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.
3. Be prepared
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 watch the kids.
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.
5. Have a chat
Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school or their favourite songs. Sometimes all you need is a little distraction, to help your kids relax – this also helps the photographer to build a relationship with your little ones! 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.
For babies – it’s easy. Just dress them up in cute outfits and let them do their thing. No pressure. Everyone loves a baby!