Family photo season is wrapping up here at Denise Williams Photography but you may still be preparing for your session. We have had it pretty good in the weather department here in Kansas City, but I think that time is running out! Family portraits are such a great keepsake for future generations. However, getting the family together to take those portraits can turn into chaos if not approached correctly. It is one of my number goals to help you keep this from happening with stress-free family photo sessions!
There several factors to consider when it comes to a family photo session since there are a range of ages. Below are some tips to keep you and your loved ones calm and smiling the whole way through your stress-free family photo sessions!
Stress-Free Family Photo Sessions
stress-free family photo sessions
1. Timing is everything.
If you have younger children, arrange the photo session at a time when they’ll be well rested. A rested child makes for happy photos. On that note, make sure that all family members have gotten enough sleep the night before. This helps everyone!
2. Dos and don’ts of bribery.
Get your family excited about the session instead of offering a reward in return for their cooperation. This can often backfire and tends to lead to forced smiles and an irritated bunch of people.
If you do choose bribery, keep it positive and maybe something more immediate. (Like a package of smarties they get throughout the session) Using the promised items in a punitive way will backfire. Trust me! I have seen it over and over again. Statements such as, “Ok, that’s it, you don’t get ____ now” will not get you to your goal. At this point, your emotions have taken over your logic and that’s pretty hard to recover from. (i.e. red-faced-from crying children)
If you have already promised something, give it to the photographer and let them handle it. Kids react way different with someone they don’t know well. Which leads me to my next point…
3. Relinquish control.
As much as you’ll want to direct your children on where to stand and how to pose, it’s best to leave that to the photographer as they know what works best. Remember, they do this for a living and you are paying them. Let them do what they do best and you can sit back and relax!
4. Take the focus off of posing.
The best photos happen when you’re having fun, so joke and play with your children. Hold your partner’s hand and just let the moments happen. The posed photos will come natural from this approach.
5. Plan ahead.
Discuss all of your requirements with your photographer beforehand so that the family photo session can just flow. Let your photographer know if you want specific pictures taken. But remember, keep it general. If you try to control everything about the session, you will not relax!
6. Keep those sugar levels up.
That doesn’t mean shoving everyone full of candy! If everyone is well fed beforehand, the photo shoot will run more smoothly. It’s also not a bad idea to take a few non-staining snacks and some water along for those who might need it. Don’t over do it though. You don’t want to worry about carrying all of that around with you.
I hope these tips have been helpful! If you missed my last post on finding the perfect photo location, you can check it out HERE.
Now get out there and enjoy capturing your family memories! Need someone to do that? Click the contact button above.