Angel Poses and Runny Noses. 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 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. Take a deep breath, relax and have fun!
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. If your son wants to do a little dance; then I'm all for capturing those sweet mad skills!
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 (a special seashell anyone?). 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. I love to ask kids if they can see my eye through the lens - this gives me some great close up shots... and they usually think I'm kind of silly!
Simon Says also usually works like a charm!
3. Be prepared.
If you're going to be out close to their normal bedtime, ensure that your children are well rested and have had a nap. Bringing some snacks along is also a great idea! I do recommend leaving toys at home; this can often create a struggle with getting them to put it down for a shot.
Those runny noses? No worries - I always carry a package of 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 me and trust me and your photos will look fantastic!
5. Have a chat during our session with your kids.
Get your kiddos talking to both of us about topics such as school or their favorite songs - or even their favorite show! This allows them to feel more comfortable around me and will also give me a chance to capture a few candide, cute and pricelsss expressions.