Here are a few things that I’ve learned when taking family photos. As long as the weather cooperates, kids are free to play, and everyone is dressed seasonally for the occasion, I’ve found that most kids are perfectly willing to take family photos. Most kids love being outside and some actually do better in an outside environment where they can explore. So, how do I prep kids for family photos? Here’s the not so big secret: interact with your kids.
Go with the flow
Go in to your family photo session with low expectations and lots of patience! Refrain from telling anyone, but especially your kids to smile or look at the camera – no, but really. If you want a posed family photo, simply request that on your initial inquiry, and I can make sure to include that in your family photo gallery. Your family photo session will be much less stressful if you simply play, love, snuggle and have fun with your family and your kids. That’s it! Trust that the beautiful, emotion-filled images will happen throughout the process of simply letting everyone be themselves. And most importantly, don’t forget to have fun.
Be intentional with your hands. An arm around a waist, a close snuggle with the kiddos, holding hands with your partner. The goal is to communicate love as a family unit.
If kids don’t want to stand still, don’t force them to. Go with their cues and walk and explore with them if they need to. Be enthusiastic and calm when they do! Kids pick up on your energy during sessions, so might as well have fun. Your moment with them will happen when you least expect it.
Kids can easily be overwhelmed with the expectation of having their picture taken, so sometimes a quick carry, snuggle, or comforting words with Mom or Dad helps. Remember that children always want to feel safe. If they resist, see above and just let them be until they feel more comfortable.
For older kids that are more active and physical, be prepared to move and play. Movement in photos always adds interest and fills up my camera frame in an engaging way.
And now that you’ve read my top secrets for a fun family photo session, visit me online and send me an inquiry to schedule some time with me. I promise it will be fun, easy, and memorable.