Family photography sessions are unfamiliar to children. They aren’t used to having a camera being stuck in their face or having to pose and smile for long periods of time. So of course they are going to be a little on edge. I want to capture you and your children enjoying moments with natural expressions. It is important to realize that your children won’t be perfect, I don’t expect them to be, and neither should you. If you child is struggling during the session, do not stress out, they will react to your stress and feel more uncomfortable. Remember to keep the mood as light hearted as possible, try to play with them and refrain from getting frustrated with them.
How to Prepare your Child for a Photo Session
DO make sure your children are well fed and well rested. This goes for the whole family, but especially for children. Bring snacks and water for them to enjoy, this will help to give them a little break and keep them happy.
DON’T dress your child in something that makes them super uncomfortable. You want to make sure that they are dressed for the weather, layers are always good, in case they get too hot or too cold. Make sure their outfit isn’t itchy, too snug, or too loose.
DO allow your child to help pick out the outfit! If they are old enough allow them in on this process. Maybe they have favorite shoes or shirt or skirt that they can wear for part of the session. Obviously, you can steer them in the direction you want, but allow them to have a little say in what they’re wearing.
DO Bring your child’s favorite toy and/or candy. This can act as a little bribery during the session and can help to calm them down if they have something familiar. Don’t worry about the toy being in the picture. This is who your child is during this time. If you do bring candy or snacks, be sure it is something that isn’t messy.
DON’T tell your child if they behave they will receive XYZ after the session. They will be wondering when the session will end. Anything that will give your child instant gratification is a better bribe, but not at all necessary.
DO have fun with your child. Allow them to run and jump and play during the session. Play with them, it will create natural expressions and help them to relax, and you too!