Having professional family photography done is a must-have for any growing family! Capturing beautiful images of your clan of little ones is creating a memory that will last forever. Trust us before you know it your precious little child is already an adult and is ready to walk down the aisle, so don’t miss out on saving these moments forever. We know that life can get crazy and overwhelming between work, school, parties, endless play dates, and soccer games but blocking off just a few hours one weekend for a family photography session is something that you won’t regret.
One of the biggest concerns that parents have when booking their session is the fear that their little ones just simply won’t cooperate, thus producing not so attractive images. Well we are here to put you at ease and reassure you that we are professionals who specialize in family photography. Tantrums, breakdowns, and camera shyness are all things that are all too common when kids are involved. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have some tips and tricks up our sleeve to turn things around and ensure that your session goes flawless so that at the end of the day you are head over heels in love with your new family photographs!
Prepping your kids for family photos before you even arrive is an important first step to setting up a fun and tear free day. Build up the anticipation by telling your little ones how much fun taking photos are going to be! And if they need a little more enticement consider telling them that they have a special treat waiting for them after the family photos are taken, like ice cream or the toy store.
On the day of your photo shoot make sure that the whole family has full and happy bellies, because we all know that no one is cheerful when they’re hungry. Also if your little monkey still takes naps it’s important to either book the shoot around their schedule or to plan accordingly so that they still get a nap in and aren’t sleep deprived.
Do you have that person in your life that knows just how to crack your children up and can bring out that cute little smile you just love so much? Whether it’s Grandpa or their silly uncle bringing along another familiar face can help ease your kids and make them feel more comfortable throughout the shoot. Capturing those authentic laughs will make a huge difference, trust us they always look much better than forced “cheeses.”
We’ll also do our best to put your entire family at ease by engaging with your children and doing something fun together like running around or playing with the props. By doing this we earn your child’s trust and turn the entire process into a fun activity. We will continue to keep things exciting throughout the shoot by moving around to different locations and try new poses just to make sure that you and your kids don’t get bored! We also love candid photos so we may encourage you to just simply play with your kids for a few minutes in between planned poses so that we can snap a few shots that are more relaxed and beautifully genuine.
Just remember that the goal of taking these family portraits is to capture you and your family, and who you really are. Sometimes the reality is that your little ones aren’t always smiling, so letting us capture those real moments of their sassy facial expressions or timid look is the best way to produce truly authentic images that really show off your child’s personality. The best thing you can do is to stay calm and not get upset if your kids aren’t behaving the way that you hoped, take a deep breath and know that we are here to help make sure that you get the most out of your family photography session!