If you’re preparing for a portrait session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children, like you, are subject to their emotions and moods, which is why the tips below will definitely come in handy before your upcoming portrait 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! This is really a huge focus of our sessions - 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 images while they get to keep their silly images. This way everyone wins.If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, try turning the photo session into a favorite game. (But clue us in on the game so we can work with you!)
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. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea. 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 in a remote 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 portrait session too much. Most often the best portraits come from kids just doing their own thing. Work with us and we will make sure your portraits will look fantastic.
5.Have a chat. Get your children talking to both you and the us about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable while working with us and will also give your us a chance to capture a few candid and genuine expressions - which are truly priceless.
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