4 Tips for a Stress-Free Family Session with Children | Sarasota Family Photographer
Is there such a thing as to have a stress-free family photo session? Are you concerned your children will misbehave or not cooperate during your photoshoot? Not to worry. Really! I love it if the children decide to release a little energy by running or playing - just being themselves. That's natural and creates a true lifestyle session.
1 | ADVANCE PREPARATION
If your children are of the listening age, it really helps them prepare for the photoshoot if you talk to them about it beforehand. You can explain a little bit about what to expect. Tell them how excited you are to have photos of them and that they will be able to see themselves on your walls or in an album to remember and share with family.
2 | GET THEM INVOLVED
Generally, little children love to help out. They want to be involved. Let them help you pick out their outfit. Usually, children end up being cranky or grouchy if they are thirsty, hungry or tired. On the day of the photoshoot, have them take an extra nap. We, of course, can take any necessary breaks to hold and comfort your little ones if they are just not having it. These are still wonderful moments - real and worth capturing.
3 | BRING EXTRA SNACKS
Another way to help those cranky, grouchy children - I always suggest to families with little ones to bring snacks and drinks as well as some treats - I believe in bribes. :-) Baby crackers, cheese, crackers, apples make good snacks - anything that won't leave a mess and dirty their clothes. Also, if your little ones aren't potty trained yet, bring extra diapers, wipes and probably a change of clothes, just in case.
4 | RELAX - LET THEM BE THEM
I love to capture natural, raw emotions and connection. Sometimes, children do not or aren't going to stand still and do much smiling for a photo. You know what? That's fine with me. I don't force smiles or do awkward, strange poses. Don't worry if they start running around. I'll capture them having fun and they most likely won't even know I'm photographing them.
Now, let's have some fun!
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