Top 5 Tips for Making a Photo Shoot with Kids Easier

Top 5 Tips for Making Kids Photos 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 predict, 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. 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 into because she won’t sit still. 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. 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.  If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. As I tell all my clients, modeling is hard work so bring some snacks to help keep them fueled. If you are having your own photos taken too then you might want to bring a babysitter or family member along to watch the kids. If you happen to be shooting on location, you never know when you might need something like bug spray, tissues or a first aid kit so bring that along too.

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. If this photo, my sweet model wanted to dance to her favorite song. So we played it on the iPhone, over and over and over. 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 favorite songs. 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.

6. Dad Jokes. OK, I know I said five, but I had to throw in my secret weapon. Dad Jokes. The cornier the better. I usually find my parents get cracked up and that brings some great expressions to the shoot too. Plus, when parents laugh, kids think that’s hysterical. But you can’t say I’ve warned you, I’ve got some corny ones up my sleeve.

I hope these tips will help you plan for your next family session. If you’re in Northern Arizona and would like to have your portraits taken, I’d love to do them for you! We have some gorgeous places here for family sessions. Contact me today!

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