Top Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier

The leaves are changing and the air is feeling crisp which means many of us will be getting updated family pictures heading into the holidays. And you may be feeling a bit apprehensive if you’re preparing for a photo session with your children. We all know that our children aren’t always easy to deal with, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming photo session.

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1. Make it Fun

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 photos while they get to keep their silly photos, everyone wins!  If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game, “Simon Says” usually works like a charm!

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2. Do not stress or 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. Be prepared 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.

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3. Be Prepared

If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well-rested. Don’t forget to bring some snacks and activities along, 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.

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4. Be Patient

Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from kids just doing their own thing. Work with your photographer and your photos will look fantastic.

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5.  Have a chat

Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school, sports, or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around your photographer and will also give your photographer a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.

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