Updated: Jul 27, 2021
You've spent so much time putting thought and effort into your family's outfits, hair-dos, etc don't let it all fall apart once you get to the actual photoshoot! Below I have 5 tips to help you have great pictures no matter which photographer you choose!
#1 - The first tip is simple enough, but make sure everyone has eaten beforehand (including yourself). The last thing you need is a household of hangry individuals.
#2 - Next try to prep as much as you can the night before so that you can have a calm house and family going into the photoshoot. If you get frustrated because your little ones are getting a little out of control, or someone is having a bad attitude, your children will sense it, and their own emotions will intensify.
#3 - Prep your kids for the photoshoot by talking with them about the photographer (show them pictures of your photographer), and chat about what what will happen at the photoshoot. You can even have them practice taking pictures of you, or themselves using a phone or play camera.
#4 - Even if your photographer doesn't ask you beforehand, share with them some of the shows, movies, books, or toys that your little ones are enjoying right now. If there is anything that your little ones find funny DEFINITELY share that with your photographer so they can use it to your advantage.
#5 - Bring some bribery, or toy, to help refocus their attention when your little ones get distracted. I love Smarties because they don't make a mess and they dissolve quickly. A small noisy toy can do wonders for small children and babies. For older kids, a promised trip to the ice cream or donut shop after the photoshoot can help keep the excitement up and get them refocused on the prize.
Stay tuned for more tips on lifestyle family photography, and how to take great candid pictures of your own!