Getting Ready for your Kid's Portrait Session
Tell your kids that everyone is going to do something fun and special, if they’re old enough you could even show them pictures from other sessions on the blog or website so they see for themselves how fun it’s going to be. If the kids have favorite grandparents and/or family members, tell them the pictures are going to be a very special present for them.
Do tell your kids that the photographer wants to have fun with them and bring a few items that will help bring out the best in your kids (and you). Tell them they can bring their favorite toy to be photographed with. This is the perfect opportunity to bring items that may be an asset to the session. Think bubbles, balls, favorite floppy stuffed animal or blanket.
Don’t feel that you have to be completely perfect and matchy, matchy. If your main goal is to do a family portrait, then I totally understand wanting to wear similar color schemes for the session. If you’re mainly interested in having your kids documented, put them in something that will make your kid’s personalities shine. Have fun with it. Remember, you want them to be in something they can move around in.
Do (if you can) have your kids in their clothes before the session begins. Kids will stress out about getting dressed “again” and feel your stress if your trying to dress them quickly. This way, you’ve come to the session prepared and can ease into the hair brushing and shirt tucking.
Don’t turn the idea of the session into something negative (if you don’t cooperate you won’t get… or you will get in trouble…) . They won’t want to be photographed if they think they’ll get in trouble.
Don’t feel you need to pre-prompt your kids to smile at the photographer or to say “cheese”. You want natural pictures of them and of who they are. The photographer will let you know when to smile or will ask you to help bring out a smile.
Make sure you are all well fed and give yourself plenty of time to get dressed and get out the door. If it doesn't happen, no worries. We've seen it all, been through it all and know how to deal. The end result has been great pictures.