It’s natural to be nervous when planning a family photoshoot with youngsters. You’re making a long-term investment and creating experiences that you’ll cherish for years to come. It’s easy to become stressed before including children in a photoshoot because they’re not always simple to work. Take a deep breath and relax once you’ve found the perfect clothing. We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 suggestions for having a photoshoot with kids go smoothly.
- Prepare yourself
If you’re worried and irritable, your children will pick up on it and react appropriately. If you are calm and having fun, your behaviour will usually improve. To keep the peace, you may have to make some concessions, such as leaving your lively daughter’s hair straight rather than curling it because she won’t sit still. Concentrate on the larger picture and don’t get caught up in the details. While certain things are unavoidable, such as bad weather or illness, there are numerous methods to prepare so that you get the most out of your picture shoot. First, keep track of your child’s schedule and make sure that picture time doesn’t conflict with naptime. To avoid hangry meltdowns, feed them before the shoot and bring along easy and neat snacks they can consume. Bring a babysitter or a family member to supervise the youngsters while it’s not their turn to pose for photos. Books and activities are excellent ways to discourage children from becoming bored or straying. Finally, bring any necessary supplies, such as insect spray, if you’ll be shooting outside!
We understand that family portraits are an investment, and you have a vision of the ideal photograph in your head. This can indeed cause anxiety and tension, but try to remain calm. Children serve as role models for others. If you’re worried and irritable, your children will notice and begin to act out. Your kids will be more inclined to behave and go along with everything if you’re comfortable and having fun. To keep your stress levels down, you may need to make some concessions. Can’t you get your daughter to stay still long enough for you to curl her hair? Allow it to flow freely. Is your toddler constantly removing his shoes? Because a toddler’s feet are so adorable, you should flaunt them! Concentrate on the broader picture and don’t get caught up in the details.
3. Have a good time
If everyone is allowed to have a little fun, your images will turn out much better. Allow the children to choose their pose or props for a handful of shots. Everyone wins! You can have your severe trials, and they can have their fun photographs.
Allow the youngsters to take a few “fun pictures” to choose their stance or objects. You get to keep the severe images, and they get to keep the goofy ones. Everyone benefits in this way. Turn the photoshoot into a game if you’re having trouble getting your kids to sit still. Make it a game if you’re having problems with the staged pictures. Simon Says is a tremendous hit in general!
4. Start a conversation
Allow your children to talk to you and the photographer about their favourite subjects. If you talk about school or their favourite game with the photographer, your child will feel more at ease. They’ll also be more cooperative when you’re trying to get a particular shot—bonus: your photographer will have a better chance of capturing some of the most candid replies. Your child’s characteristic eye twinkle will shine through when he feels free to act normally.
This applies to adults as well, but it’s a terrific suggestion for boosting the images of your children, particularly smaller ones. Before raising the camera to your eye, ask them a question and wait until they begin to respond. Please take a brief photograph of them pondering.
When the youngster is talking or thinking, their attention will be diverted away from the camera, allowing you to capture a natural-looking photo or one of complete boredom/frustration, like in the example above!
5. Wait patiently
When you’re dead intent on a specific outcome for your picture shoot, it might be challenging to relax. However, youngsters are unpredictable, and exerting too much control over the photoshoot will backfire. Please work with your photographer and have faith in their abilities. Sometimes the best images of children are taken when they are just themselves. We understand how difficult family pictures can be, especially when children are involved. When photographing children, you may get a lot of nothing for a while, or they may be shy or act coy at first. Even children familiar with you may decide that they do not want you to photograph them and express their displeasure. When I spent the day photographing my three-year-old niece, she did exactly that. As soon as I pointed the camera at her, she exclaimed, “Don’t take my photo, Auntie!” She’s generally a ham for the camera, so I figured she’d warm up. She eventually gave me “the wave,” as seen below, which implies “, don’t take my photo, but I’ll act like I’m the star anyhow just in case you do.”
So, if you encounter this type of behaviour, don’t try to force it. Just hang out with them as much as you can.
However, trust that your photographer understands what they’re doing and remember our five recommendations for having a photo session with kids go smoothly. Finally, don’t forget to put a smile on your face! Your images are going to be incredible!