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  • Writer's pictureDanielle Morales

Top 5 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier

If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren’t always easy to deal with, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming photo session.

1. Don't 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. Their behavior will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have 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.

2. Make it fun! We are BIG on this and will lead the way. We will try to get the everyone-looking, "Christmas card" photo out of the way first while everyone is still fresh. Then we will have some FUN! If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, we will turn the photo session into a game. Simon Says usually works like a charm, as well as other games that I have come up with over 6+ years of photographing children, especially the cranky ones! I also have a few other tricks up my sleeve--I'm not above bribery! :)

3. Be prepared. If you're going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. If your session is taking place at golden hour during the time of year that the sun sets fairly late, try putting your kids down for a late nap. Bringing some snacks (but not super messy or colored!) and activities along is also a great idea. If you are having your own photos taken too (we LOVE capturing mom and dad together!) then you might want to bring a babysitter or family member along to watch the kids. Also, you never know when you might need something like bug spray, tissues or a first aid kit so bring that along too, but I try to carry these items in case you forget.

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. Let us work with your kids according to their mood and temperament and your photos will look fantastic.

5. Have a chat. Get your children talking to both you and I about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around me and will also give me a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.

Our goal is to make your session as FUN and STRESS-FREE as possible! The more that parents cooperate with us in this goal, the more successful the session will be.

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