Hey there, fellow parents! As a parent myself, I understand the joys of capturing family pictures and milestone portraits. But let’s be real, getting kids ready for the session and genuinely excited about posing for pictures can be challenging. Trust me, I’ve been there many times! That’s why I’m thrilled to share some friendly and conversational tips that have worked wonders for my own Woodlands Family Photographer. So, grab your favorite drink, sit back, and let’s go through these few steps to make your next family session an absolute blast for everyone involved!
Involve Them in the Planning Process:
You know how kids love to have a say in things, right? Well, let’s put that to good use! Include your kiddos in the planning process by asking for their opinions. Let them pick their outfits! You can give them a few to choose from for obvious reasons. This gives them the freedom to wear whatever they want. Ask them regarding location choices, or what props to include and let them be creative. There you go! Come session day, watch how proud they are. By making them feel like little decision-makers, they’ll be more invested in the whole experience.
Make it a Game or Adventure:
Why settle for a regular old photo session when you can turn it into an exciting game or adventure? Get those creative gears turning and weave a story or theme around the session. Imagine your family as brave explorers or secret agents on a mission. Encourage the kids to play their roles and have a blast while doing it. Show them some other family sessions. It could be famous people from their favorite shows or movies. They’ll want to follow in your footsteps! Props and costumes can add that extra touch of magic!
Incorporate Props and Activities:
Speaking of props, let’s not forget how much kids love their toys and hobbies. Bring along their favorite toys, sports equipment, or musical instruments that reflect their interests. By incorporating these familiar objects and activities, you’ll not only capture their genuine smiles but also make the session more enjoyable for them. It’s all about having fun!
Plan Interactive and Candid Shots:
Sitting still for too long isn’t exactly a child’s idea of a good time. So, let’s ditch the stiff poses and embrace the joy of interactive and candid shots. Encourage your kids to interact with each other and with you. Let them play games, share jokes, or tickle each other (if that’s their thing). These genuine moments of laughter and connection will make the photos even more special.
Offer Incentives and Rewards:
Ah, the good old positive reinforcement trick! Kids respond really well to incentives and rewards. Promise them a small treat, a fun activity afterward, maybe going for a family movie night with some popcorn and ice cream. This way, they’ll have something to look forward to, and it will motivate them to be on their best behavior during the session. It’s a win-win situation!
Now that you have these friendly tips up your sleeve, there’s no need to stress about getting your kids excited for a family session. By involving them in the planning, making it a game or adventure, incorporating props and activities, planning interactive shots, and offering incentives, you’ll create a memorable and enjoyable experience for the whole family. Remember, the goal is to capture the love and happiness that radiate from your family, and by making it fun and positive, you’ll preserve cherished memories that will bring smiles for years to come. So, gather your crew, and let the laughter and joy unfold!
Do you have more questions or schedule a Woodlands Family Photographer session, please get in touch with me here.