Kids Photo Session Tips

It’s that time of year, everyone is rushing to get their photos taken in time for the Holidays.  Holiday cards, framed prints, canvases and prints all make great gifts for the family.  Not only photos of the whole family, but also pictures of the children.  How do you get the most from your kids photo session?  Here are a few tips from what I have learned over the years.  Happy shooting everyone!

  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 bigger 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.  If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that  your children are well rested and have had their nap (if needed).  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 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.
  5. Have a chat.  Get your children talking to both you and the photographer abut topics such as school or 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.

Here are some pictures from a family and kids photo session this fall, check out these cuties!

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Danielle is a photographer that specializes in children, maternity and family photography.  To book a session or find out more information give her a call at 618-779-0959   – See more on Instagram!