A lot of times I get concerns from clients with children about how the shoot will go. They’re stressed out that their kids aren’t going to act like perfect little angels for the shoot. Let’s just all go ahead and accept that for the most part, our kids don’t always show that sweet smile when we’re standing in front of them saying “give me that sweet smile! no not that smile, the cute smile!”
So today I thought I would share some quick tips on how to make your session with children go just a little bit smoother.
- Think about the location. If we go to a park that has a playground, are they going to be distracted? Or in contrast, do you want to get some playful shots of them on the monkey bars or going down the slide? Or sometimes it best to do in-home sessions so the kids are in a familiar and comfortable environment.
- I recommend telling your children about the upcoming shoot ahead of time. You don’t necessarily want to spring it on them last minute. Try to make it sound exciting and fun so it’s something they can look forward to!
- Incorporate an activity! This will keep things feeling natural and not so posed. You could bring sports balls, books, toys, legos, ice cream or anything else that comes to mind! Think about what you do together as a family that you enjoy and let me capture you all in your natural element. The kids will be distracted and will forget I’m even there!
- Remember not to get frustrated with your children. Yelling and demanding them to look at the camera to smile will only stress them out (not to mention stress me out!). We want to avoid strained and unnatural smiles, so just relax, and let me do my job to get the child’s attention!
- Keep the clothes comfortable. If the child doesn’t feel good, it will show on their face!
- Most of my shoots rely on natural light, so please please please schedule more then enough time to get ready. When a family shows up to a photo session rushed and disorganized, it sets the tone for a stressful session. Give yourself extra time so that you are ready before you head out that door.
- Lastly, have fun! Remember to kiss, laugh, snuggle, throw the kids in the air and play!