Top 5 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier

  • By Julie Ewing

Top 5 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier

If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children are often unpredictable, 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 option to select your photos, and you may be surprised, they could be amongst your favourites!  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 or other tricks we have up our sleeves.

3. Be prepared.

If you're going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their usual nap. Don't book it straight after swimming lessons and sports games where they are hungry and tired. Bringing some healthy snacks and activities along is also a great idea. If a newborn is included, you might want to bring a babysitter or family member along to watch the kids whilst your baby is being settled and having their turn in front of the camera. If you are shooting in a location, you never know when you might need something like mozzie 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. Sometimes the best photos come from kids just doing their own thing. 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 things. 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.


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