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.
How to get the best out of your photo session with kids.
1. The day of the session, feed them dinner early…. 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 puts 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 favourite 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)
Just pretend like everything your children do at your photo session is the sweetest, funniest thing they could do. Let your face reflect your heart ( most of the time).
It’s ok if they are a little cheeky, a little crazy…. kids give the best belly laughs when they get to do silly, cheeky things.
4. If you have decided to take them for a treat if they do good in the sesson- 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, kisses, hugs, snuggles, tickles 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.
TIME TO PLAY: INTERACT, BE SILLY, MAKE EACH OTHER LAUGH & EXPLORE.
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.