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HOW TO GET INCREDIBLE FAMILY PHOTOS.

November 11, 2021

Beach family photos on the Sunshine Coast

My hope for you is that when you look at your photos it brings back great memories and for your children, that they can see in your photos how loved they are.

For this to happen, the dream is to have a fun and enjoyable experience at your family session….but that’s going to take a bit of work, from all of us….so I have put together things to consider. 

Beach family photos on the Sunshine Coast

How to get the best out of your shoot when working with kids.

1. The day of the session, feed them dinner before the session – fully bellies…content little people.

2. Avoid devices, if your children are like 90% of the children I photograph, taking away their devices put them in a funk. Try music and drawing that afternoon instead.


3. Avoid getting them in trouble at all costs, use distractions instead. Sing their favorite songs, make farting noises, tickle them. When kids get in trouble in front of a stranger it’s very hard to get them to smile after ( and the come the tears if they are embarrassed)


4. If you have decided to take them for a treat if they do good in the shoot- please remind them of this as a last resort. Try distraction instead. Try making them laugh and act silly.


5. It’s ALL about connection- touching, smiles and interaction.


6. Kids will only last 15-20min doing what we want them to do, so in the first 15 min we try and get all the combinations we need, and then they want to do their own thing, this is every kid under 9 I have ever worked with.

So after that 20 min, we are trying to get more organic shots – following them around, play by the water, holding hands and swinging shots etc. Don’t be discouraged- this is normal… which is why we get out safety shots first. Just relax with it and have some fun.


7. At the end of the day …..In the words of Dory “just keep smiling, just keep smiling”

8. If you have teens…and a dog..bring the dog…it will distract the teens and give them something to focus on.

THE FORMAL PHOTOS: AKA FIRST 15 MINUTES OF YOUR SESSION.

Beach family photos on the Sunshine Coast
Beach family photos on the Sunshine Coast
Beach family photos on the Sunshine Coast
Beach family photos
Beach family photos on the Sunshine Coast

TIME TO PLAY: INTERACT, BE SILLY, MAKE EACH OTHER LAUGH & EXPLORE.

Beach family photos on the Sunshine Coast
Beach family photos on the Sunshine Coast
Beach family photos on the Sunshine Coast
Beach family photos on the Sunshine Coast
Beach family photos on the Sunshine Coast
Beach family photos on the Sunshine Coast

I am so looking forward to meeting your people and capturing moments that will be cherished for generations to come. Photos that when you see them on your walls, you can’t help but smile.

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