Preparing for a family photo session
It’s a good idea to let the kids know that the shoot is going to happen and start building the excitement beginning days in advance. Build it up to be a fun event that they look forward to, a fun day at the beach (potentially followed by a treat)
2. Rest and food
It’s a great idea to have the kids arrive to the photo shoot with full bellies! If they still nap, try to make sure they get their full nap on the day of the shoot too. This will give the best chances of getting happy playful images. Bring some snacks and water along just in case (and for bribes!) Yup. I said it, bribes!
3. Bring some creature comforts along
Bring your own props, books and toys to keep the kids happy, it can also be a good idea to bring a change of clothes (accidents happen). Sometimes having a cherished toy to cling to makes all the difference to your little one feeling comfortable.
4. Be flexible on your ideas
Let’s face it, the kids are typically running the show. We want to see their real personalities so if they want to run around and explore that’s great, we’ll follow them around and capture that. Typically once we allowed them to do their thing, it is much easier for them to be coaxed into sitting or standing calmly for a family portrait.
In the weeks leading up to the photo session take note of what your kids favorite games are and what makes them laugh. Having this up your sleeve will make it easy for us to pull out the best tricks at the photo session to get that big beaming smile. You may have to bust out a ‘tickle monster’ or two.
6. Don’t feel embarrassed if a tantrum occurs
Kids will be kids, they aren't professionals or grown ups. They are full of emotions and sometimes those emotions may lead them to have a little meltdown or be uncooperative. Don’t worry - we can work with it. If mum and dad get stressed about it, the kids pick up on this which will only exacerbate things.
7. Bring your patience
There can be a lot of waiting for that perfect shot, so patience is key. Don’t put any pressure of yourself to preform or have your kids perform for the camera. Think of it as a day out playing with your little one, and just have fun exploring and playing and I’ll be there to capture those genuine macro moments of joy and connection as they slowly unfold.
8. Relax and have fun
The best photos are the candid ones of you being a family, rather than the posed ones. So try to have a good time and be yourselves. Try not to focus on what you want the result to be and just enjoy the experience.