Top 5 tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier

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. Children don’t always make things easy, trust me I know - I have two boys at home!  Here are a few tips which will come in handy before your next photo session.  

1. Don't make a huge deal out of it.

If you're stressed out, your kids will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Generally kids will be more relaxed if you’re having fun.  You may have to make some compromises to keep the peace such as letting your energetic son carry around his favourite toy car because he won’t go anywhere without it. Focus on the big picture and don't sweat the small stuff.  Don’t forget we are creating memories, capturing your family as they are now.  


2. Make your family photo session fun.

I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t enjoy helping plan and direct the session whether is be selecting a location as we wander together through Hong Kong or giving them a chance for a silly face or to do a big jumping pose.  Letting them have fun or feel in control helps get the balance of the natural photos you’re craving, the silly photos they want and a few grandparent pleasers.  When in doubt my years of nannying and now raising my two step-sons I have lots of fun games up my sleeve to keep them engaged and make the whole session feel seamless.  


3. Be prepared.  A few things to think about for a seamless family photo session.

Sessions are typically 60-90 minutes long.  We will plan together how to make sure your family is prepared and ready.  Let’s plan the session around nap (and meal times - no one is happy when they are hangry!).  Try to pack light but keep the essentials - water & snacks.  Snacks go a long way to keeping kids engaged and encouraging them along.  If you’re planning to bring a stroller let me know so I can plan the route accordingly.    


4. Be patient.  Great photos come to those who trust in the process. 

Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much.  The best photos often come from letting kids explore and do their own thing.  You can see how picking the right location often helps everyone feel more comfortable. 


5. Have a chat with me & with your children before the family photo session.

In my pre-session questionnaire I ask families to share special interests or details for their children.  This helps me prep for the session and have topical conversations to distract and engage your children.  Favourite toys, movies, after school activities are all great things to share.  This along with telling your children leading up to the session we are going to meet mummy and daddy’s friend Nicole and she is going to take special photos of us will get us all off on the right foot and help make your session seamless.    


As always if you are looking for more guidance or interested in booking your own family photo session please get in touch!

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