Top 5 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier
Kids are always a favorite subject to photograph. They are so cute, change so quickly, and have a way of making us smile. Every parent should make a point of creating a complete photographic record of their child from birth. These images are important for us, and for future generations!
Photographing children is not without pitfalls and difficulties though! It can be a challenge to get them to cooperate and do what you want. Here is some advice that I’ve learned from my career as a professional photographer and having photographed literally tens of thousands of children over the years!
If you’re preparing for a professional photo session with your children, or if you enjoy photographing your kids yourself, 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 because she won’t sit still. Focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff.
2. 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. This way 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.
3. Be prepared. Prior to the shoot, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea. If you are having your own photos taken too then you might want to bring a babysitter or family member along to help 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.
4. Be patient, and be ready to compromise. 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. Be flexible, you may have wanted a picture with all the grandkids, 3 dogs and 4 cats together. But, you may have to settle for individual photos of the kids instead.
5. Have a chat. Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school 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 more natural and cute expressions.
After you have gotten those great images of your child, take the MOST IMPORTANT STEP and HAVE THEM PRINTED! Printed photographs are still far and away the easiest and most secure way to view photos. Your family’s legacy stored on cell phones, computer drives, or even in “the cloud” can completely vanish in heartbeat. For another Blog post explaining the importance of the printed photograph check out “Will You Be Sorry”