Many parents know that getting more than one kid to collaborate and work peacefully together can be a challenge at times especially if you are investing in a specialized family photography session. Many parents have concerns regarding getting the day to run smoothly with their children involved.
With a little bit of preparation and some of these tips to help assist you, you may find yourself really loving how smoothly your professional photography session goes with your entire family.
Make sure to book enough time
Including kids especially young children in a family photography session the timeframe of your photo shoot can be very important to a success. You want to make sure you have plenty of time for the photographer to get in all of the shots you hope to capture. You also want to make sure that you are not using too much time to where the little ones become impatient and passed the ability to be a vital part of the photos. Getting a child back into smiling mood after having a meltdown can be very difficult.
One of the keys to being able to stay within a good time frame for photos is to keep it simple with the amount of locations and the amount of different outfits. Outdoor scenes are always a great idea as they can help to allow the children some playtime in between photos or while waiting for other people to have their photos taken.
Communicate to kids in advance and get them on board
About one or two weeks before the special photography shoot start preparing your kids for the photo session to come. Have talks with them regarding how exciting the day will be and how fun it will be and give them an idea of what the day will look like. Including the fun outfits they will get to wear and the location that they get to visit.
After communicating to them some of the details of the day, make sure to ask them how they feel about the upcoming photo shoot and what they are excited for and what they are anticipating. This will help to boost their mood and have a positive mindset about how fun it will be to take pictures.
A happy adult is a great example that will equal a cheerful child
It can be easy to become frustrated or stressed trying to get all the details together in preparation for your shoot but when children are observing you, make sure to keep your actions as excited and positive as possible.
On the day of your photoshoot make sure to be as upbeat and calm and happy as possible to set a tone and example for how you would hope the day would go for everyone. An irritable adult during a session can make it very easy for a child to feel like they should be frustrated as well.
It is not uncommon or without understanding that some things can be frustrating, but staying calm even through things that should get you angry will help to set an example for how your children can cope with something that they are frustrated with as well.
There is absolutely no guarantee that your photoshoot with all of your family will go off without a single hitch, and it probably won’t, but there are some things you can do to help make the day go much more smoothly than it could have gone.
Article by Jane Goodrich, NY Family Photographer