7 Tips to Help Your Kids Have Photo-Session-Success!

July 31, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

Perhaps you’re wondering about strategies to help your kids have their best photo session.  Read on for a few tips I find helpful for best results!  Whether on photo day your child is feeling shy, rambunctious, disinterested, or somewhere in between - these tips will help them work with your photographer.

Ages 0-2

  1. Feed and hydrate them shortly before photos.  And by saying “shortly”, I feel immediately before hand is best.  Feeding them in the car is even a good idea. This can get tricky when you have an outfit to keep pristine, but remember - photoshop is your friend should a spill or stain occur.  There’s nothing better for compliance than a full and happy tummy!  Keep the drink with you should they need a refresher during a photo break. 
  2. Choose the best time of day. Your child may be much more accommodating and happy at a certain time of day.  This is probably in the morning, but also might be after a nap.  Scheduling the photos at this time is always smart.  And if your photographer tells you that the best light is at a different time, please promptly ignore them/ me! :)
  3. Bring comfort objects… beware of pacifiers!  A lovey/ special toy is wonderful for easing a young child into having a camera with a lens pointed at them. I absolutely love photographing children with lovies.  A word to the wise – be prepared to have the lovey in every photo.  When you try to take it away, you may cause tears – a total backfire!  This is especially important with pacifiersleave them in the car, as you probably do not desire photos of your child with a pacifier in their mouth. 

Ages 3+

  1. Feed and hydrate them shortly before photos .  Ok, maybe this article should be titled, "6 tips..." for this is the same as above, but it is worth repeating! As with the younger kids, feed them right before hand – even give them a snack in the car on the way over.  Don’t stress too much about their outfits, I can fix things in photoshop. (Sticky  food that stays in teeth is an exception, so avoid gummies etc.)  Keep the drink with you – especially on a hot day they will need a refresher.  
  2. Talk the session up!  (Be crafty!) :) The easy approach to this is to say in a super-excited voice, “We’re going to have our photo taken!” That might get them momentarily hyped, but there’s more you can do! Keep them interested in the entire experience by telling them they’re going to (x) location to play and explore. Go into details about what they will see and do at that location. Drop in the fact that “[Meghan] is going to meet us there and will have her camera!”  This way, they’re not surprised by the photography, but focus on having fun and being themselves.  They will still be willing to sit for posed shots with the right direction.  Which brings me to…
  3. Resist directing them during the shoot.  Trust your photographer to do the heavy lifting when it comes to working with your kids. It can be hard to resist telling your children what to do when you are invested in good photos. But this is best left to the photographer who is visualizing the image, and actually has a better shot at getting a child to listen… go figure!    
  4. Refrain from offering a reward for being good for photos… ie no bribes! Simply put, if a bribe is on the table, 10 minutes in they will want to jump photography ship and claim their reward.  Hopefully, if you talk the session up in a crafty way, (tip #2!) using the reward system will not be needed.

I hope these tips will bring you huge photo success at your next family session.  If I am your photographer for that session, I would love to talk more about these and others tips you can use.    For indoor or at-home sessions, these hints can be tweaked for indoor photo success, so let’s talk.  Happy family photos!


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