How to Prepare Your Children for a Family Portrait Session| DMV Family Photographer


If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. It’s ok! Children are curious, energized and often more interested in doing what they want whenever they want. While “kids will be kids”, there are a few tricks you can use to help prepare them for your family portrait session so your shoot goes smoothly. Be sure to check out the tips below before your upcoming family photo session with your children.

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, but let’s focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Make sure your children have eaten and rested. No hangry children!
Depending on the type of session you chose, your sesion will occur either in late morning or the evening. Please make sure your child has eaten and rested beforehand. A child that is tired or hungry will be less cooperative than one who is well rested and fed.  If you are planning on taking everyone out to eat after the shoot, please make sure they have had some kind of snack prior to the shoot.

Make it A Big Deal for Them.
In the weeks leading up to the shoot, you want to start getting them excited about it. Try to make it seem like it is a special activity you planned just for them. Let them dress up and practice posing in the mirror so they have a better idea of what to expect on the day of the shoot. Younger kids can be easier to do this with but by letting them pick out their own special outfit, having their hair done and really making it fun for them.

Bring Comfort.
If your child has a favorite toy or blanket them bring it along with you. The child does not even need to know that you have it, but it may be useful during the session. There may be times in the shoot that they can take some comfort in having something familiar to hold while their picture is being taken, especially if your child tends to be on the shy side.

Drop Your Expectations.
Drop your expectation of having the “perfect” family portrait taken and instead allow your true selves to shine through. Your photo shoot may not go according to plan, but if you remind yourself to just have fun you will be happier with the results than you could have imagined.

Be patient.
Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from children just doing their own thing.  We like our sessions to be laid back, and we often just let the children “be” and follow their lead. Sometimes, children may literally be running in circles around us, and in that moment, I want you to resist the urge to ask them to stop and go with the flow. It would be amazing if you ran around with them. I’ll capture images while you are enjoying your children and creating new memories. There also may be times when the children are not interested in taking pictures at all, and that’s ok. That’s a great time for us to take pictures of the parents alone while the children get a break.

We generally like to follow the lead of the child and not force them to sit still or pose a certain way. But, if there is a must -have photo and the children are not cooperating, we like to turn the photo session into a game. Simon Says usually works like a charm.

All in all, the running theme is RELAX! It will be OK! Our sessions are an opportunity for you to enjoy your family. Don’t worry if you feel your children are posing crazy or running around in circles. Think of it as controlled chaos! lol

We will give you gentle guidance that will enable you to interact with your family and create new memories, and your images will showcase the Joy, Love, and Connection that is unique and special to your family.

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