First of all, kudos to you for making it a priority to capture your family. Your photos are going to mean so much to you and your kids too. Seeing themselves on your wall or in a beautiful album helps them see themselves as an important part of your family and really adds to their confidence.
The first step we take when you book your session is to have your planning session. It’s really important for us to get to know each other a bit before picture day. Having some rapport with Mom and Dad helps put young kids at ease.
Your planning meeting also gives you a chance to tell me about each child and their personalities so that I’m well prepared to put them at ease and get the best possible photos of everyone. Understanding how your family interacts together is really helpful!
We’ll pick a time of day that will work best for them. Are they most cooperative and happy after their afternoon nap or in the morning after breakfast?
It’s gonna be FUN!
Please don’t stress the little ones out about needing to behave or practicing perfect smiles. Just tell them they’re going on an adventure and you’re all going to have a great time together playing and meeting a new friend (ME!). I’m totally excited about getting to know them!
Food and Rest
Today’s nap (if applicable) is especially important. If our session will run close to their meal or snack-time, you may want to bring a non-messy snack to get them through.
Please don’t worry about discipline at our session! Let kids be themselves. I’ve got 6 grandchildren so I promise I can handle it! If they get a little grumpy or wild, it’s ok. We’ll work through it. If your child is shy, that’s ok too! You’ve prepped me ahead of time about each of them and given me tips to help me draw them out.
We won’t have them say “cheese” or ask them to smile on que very much. I hope to get you moving and interacting with each other to capture naturally beautiful moments. In between those moments I’ll do my best to get some posed shots.
An Extra Hand
If it makes sense for your family, consider bringing along a friend, aunt/uncle etc… to distract the little ones while we get a few photos of just Mom and Dad! Your kids will treasure those shots!
You know your kids best, and if it helps to tell them that when they’re done, they’ll get a special treat, like Ice Cream or going to the park, then by all means let them know there’s a big reward at the end of all this fun!