HOW TO PREPARE YOUR KIDS FOR A PHOTOSHOOT
If you’ve got a professional family photography session coming up, or you are thinking of booking one, chances are you are having mild palpitations at the thought of how to prepare your kids for a photoshoot. Will they behave? Will they co-operate? Will they smile? Well, let me put your mind at rest.
Because your family photographer has seen it all. I, like many other family photographers, found my way into this field after becoming a mum myself. So there is literally nothing your little ones can do that will shock me. Nothing. And you’ll likely find that they are much better behaved for me than they are for you. Which is a little annoying, right?!
HERE ARE A FEW WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR KIDS FOR A PHOTOSHOOT
1. GET THEIR OUTFITS RIGHT
To ensure you get the most out of your investment, it’s worth paying particular attention to what you all wear. Keep colours neutral, complimentary (but not matching), and plain. Avoid brands and bold patterns. And most importantly, make sure the kids are comfortable in what ever they are wearing. You can check out my Pinterest Boards for some more inspiration.
2. HAVE A CHAT WITH THE KIDS THE DAY BEFORE
The day before your family photography session, it’s a good idea to have a chat with older kids about what you’re all doing tomorrow so they know what to expect. Tell them how you’re just going to have a fun time together whilst a nice lady takes a few photos of you all, nothing to worry about. It’ll be lots of fun.
3. BE WELL FED AND WELL RESTED
One of the most important thing you can do to a prepare for a family photoshoot is to make sure that everyone is well fed and well rested. On the whole, mornings are probably better for babies and young kids, or straight after a nap. Pack a few snacks or an extra bottle or two just in case. There will always be time to take a break so you can feed, change or even just cuddle your little ones as and when needed.
4. FORGET THE CHEESY GRINS
Don't worry about coaching them to look at the camera and smile, smile, smile. We want real, natural smiles not forced, cheesy grins. And it’s often the case that those images where they aren’t looking directly at the camera, when they aren't forcing a happy face, are some of the most genuine and treasured photos that we’ll get. Like this little boy smiling gleefully at his mummy.
It’s not a bad idea to have a few treats, bribes if you will, on hand. Perhaps you might take them to McDonalds for dinner if they do their very best, or maybe you could bring a long a new little toy for them as motivation. Would the promise of a FaceTime with the grandparents afterwards work? Whatever works for your kids.
6. TIPS FOR OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS
If you’re having your session on location, then it’s a nice idea to get there a little early and let the kids have a run around, or at least time to settle in. It can all start to feel a little rushed and hectic if you rock up and expect the kids to be raring to go from the outset.
7. TIPS FOR IN HOME PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS
If your family photography session is taking place in your home, it’s a good idea to remove anything that might cause a distraction out of sight.
The most important thing to remember though is not to stress too much about how to prepare your kids for a photoshoot. That your child having a mini meltdown during the photoshoot really doesn’t matter at all. Just check out these images from a photo session in the lavender fields. You would never guess that this adorable 3 year old wasn’t in the best of moods for the vast majority of the session would you?
If you need any other advice on having a successful family photography session, or you would like to make a booking, then please do get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.