When it comes to getting family photos done, I know as a mother it can be STRESSFUL! Between getting the kids ready, keeping them happy and clean, and meeting the photographer on time. Trust me when I say, I’ve been there. So today I wanted to share my best tips for a stress-free session and how photos with me are all about fun for your family and less about perfect poses.
I think one of the biggest things that can ruin the mood is when everyone feels rushed to get ready. Maybe it’s just my boys but it seems like every time we are running late and I ask them to hurry, it causes a meltdown. So I ask you to plan ahead and plan EXTRA time to get ready. You’ll thank me.
Since I book all my sessions before sunset, it can get to be a little late during the summer. If you don’t have time for a full supper, at least get the kids fed with some filling snacks. This is great to keep them busy while you are getting ready too. 😉 Also a little secret I like to share is for you to bring easy/clean snacks along too. I’m talking like pretzels or crackers. Snacks that won’t stain their outfits and a little swipe will clean it right off. BUT if you have little kids, don’t tell them you are bringing snacks!
Family Fun Night
I know how you want your kids to be on perfect behavior for me and you are worried they won’t listen, but I want you to know IT IS OKAY! Build the excitement for the night, talk about how much fun you are going to have and how great everyone looks. PLEASE, I’m begging you, don’t scold or scare them before the session.
Another thing I like to suggest is planning an activity for your session. I have a full questionnaire I send before your session but I find when we have something fun planned, even just a picnic in a field, it gives them something to look forward to and it makes it more about the experience and less about the photos.
If Mama is stressed, the whole family is stressed! You are the center of the family so how you feel, everyone feels. With me, my style is VERY laid back. I want to capture the kids personalities. Yes, that means little Timmy running around like a dinosaur and not sitting still! I’ll say it again IT IS OKAY!! I get it and I actually love chasing kids and capturing them just being kids! That’s what it is all about! So drink a glass of wine before to calm your nerves or jam out in the car on your way to meet me, this is going to be a great time!