How to minimize the chance of a meltdown.
Many of my clients can get a bit stressed out before their family photo session. Preparation is key, and below is a list of tips I know will help you feel better on the day of your session.
#1 Have an idea of the kind of session you want, and communicate it to your photographer. Would you like a photo session in the park, or in the comfort of your home? Do you have any particular scenes, or pictures in mind, you would like to recreate? Are you looking for a more candid session, or would you appreciate some posed moments? These are some of the questions to ask yourself before your session.
#2 Better early than late. Chances are being in front of the camera might make you a little nervous, especially if this is the first time you are in front of a professional photographer. Make sure you give your family enough time to get out of the house, so you aren’t in a rush. Make sure you arrive to the location 10-15 min early.
#3 Kids will be kids, and thats ok. No need to apologize for that, I am a family photographer after all, as well as a mama of a toddler, so I have pretty much seen it all.
#4 Plan your outfits a few days in advance. – Let me tell you, there is nothing more stressful than realizing you have nothing to wear, the morning of your session. You are probably making sure everyone is looking their best, but mama, please don’t forget about yourself. Make sure your outfits are comfortable and make everyone feel good. I have a Pinterest board with some ideas, go check it out.
#5 Dress for the weather. Another outfit related tip is to dress for the season/weather. Depending on the time of year, make sure no one will feel hot, or cold.
#6 Be well fed and rested. Make sure everyone had a good breakfast, we don’t want to add to the meltdowns. And make sure the time of our session is at the best time for your kiddo/s. We definitely don’t want to get into nap time territory.
#7 Introduce it as fun! Instead of telling your kids its picture day, introduce it as a fun day in the park, where you will meet a photographer lady and have a fun time together as a family!
#8 Bring a fun activity/game. Do you have a favorite activity as a family, or a game you like to play. Think about it ahead of time. Anything that can add fun and laughter to our family photo session is welcome.
#9 Bring a bribe. Even if this is not your style of parenting, maybe today can be an exception. Bring a treat or toy, something for them to look forward to at the end. And make sure they don’t get it till the very end.
#10 Pack your bag. Make sure you pack the following items: – a picnic blanket to sit on – comfy shoes – some extra clothes for the little ones, just in case.
The last thing for you to do is reach out and start our conversation about your next family photo session.