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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. I get it …Kids can make you worry, 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.  You know, things like 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.  NO photoshoot is will be “perfect”.  

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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.  Don’t stress out thinking the photographer is “mad”.  If they are you picked the wrong photographer.  All kids are different and patience is key from everyone involved, including the photographer.  

3. Be prepared.  If you’re going to be out for few hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea. But keep in mind juices can spill and stain clothes.  Be careful what you choose to bring so you don’t ruin the best outfit for the shoot before you get all the photos you want.  If you are having your own photos taken too then you might want to bring a babysitter or family member along to 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. 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. This goes back to picking the right photographer.   Make sure they enjoy being with kids, so you don’t have to feel so stressed.  

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 few candid and cute expressions.

6. Look at the camera.  As a parent you of course want your child to be focused and looking at the camera. Don’t worry, that is the photographer’s job.  We need YOU to be looking at the camera too.  As tough as it may be just keep smiling and looking at the camera. That way when your little ones are looking we can snap the shot.  If we get the kids looking  but Mom and Dad are looking at the kids … we kinda sorta have to try again.  

Kids are amazing and challenging all at once!  But I know if everyone is positive and calm it will all go well.  Remember photographers have kids too.  We don’t expect perfection in their attention span or behavior.  We are ready to capture the best photos we can!  

Michael Straub photography