5 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier

Holiday Mini Sessions are coming up soon, and you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren't always predictable, 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.  I'm all about having 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. (This is soooooo important for mini sessions since our time together is quick)  Be sure your children are well rested and have had their nap so they are cheerful (LOL with kids this is tough so do your best). Have their outfits, accessories, shoes,  etc... laid out the night before.  Be sure they have tried them on before the day of the session to be sure they fit well and don't need any tweaks.  Bringing some snacks or a favorite toy or lovey along to help make things go more smoothly is also a great idea.

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.

5.  Have a chat.  Prepare your child by telling them what will happen.  "We're going to a photo studio to have your picture taken".  Tell them what the set is going to look like, that it's a quick fun activity and they are to bring their "best smiles."  Even let them practice in the mirror.  Mini sessions move quickly so having your child prepared is very important.  I'll do my best to capture their personality in a relaxing and fun atmosphere.  But most important, I'm not responsible for running after kiddos who are not interested or listening. If your child does not want to have their photo taken, I can’t force them. So please prepare them :)

I am confident that these simple steps will help you and your children collaborate with me to create lasting, wonderful photographs to cherish for years to come.

There are a few spots left for both holiday sets.  The link to register is under the KIDS TAB on my home page.  Looking forward to seeing you soon.


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