How you want your kids to act during a photo session and how they will act are two very different things…
as is life, right?
But I’m a firm believer that if you know they won’t act the way you want them, and let me take charge of them, it’ll set you up for those photos you’ve always dreamed for your wall.
Every parent wants their kids to sit when they’re told, smile GENUINELY when they’re asked, and make the most precious reactions to my prompts for candid photos.
That almost never happens.
Here’s all the things that could totally go against your perfect session plan:
(And these have ALL happened to people I’ve photographed in the last 10 years…)
Your kids won’t nap the day of
They’ll get up early that morning
You’ll find you have your security tag still attached to your dress, so you’ll have to run by the store before the session and then your kids will either be screaming for food or fall asleep.
They’ll get a black eye the day before and be super grumpy
They’ll throw up in the car on the way to the session
They’ll be showing signs of getting a cold
The list of possibilities is endless…
I feel like that commercial for the insurance company “mayhem is striking at your door” muawhahaha!
I want to let you know that SOMETHING with your kids is going to be off the day of your photo shoot.
So how do I get those great candid and smiling photos of your kids if it seems like there is no hope???
If you’re a new parent you might not know this but…in general
Your kids act better for other people
I have a ton of tricks up my sleeve to get your kids to forget whatever their problems are and to be happy, for a bit. Now, this being said, you totally know your kids better than I do. If you think they’re being pushed a little too far and everything is about to hit the fan, do speak up.
Just ask politely for a break for them!
Breaks are definitely allowed.
I don’t expect to photograph your kids for an hour straight. That’d be bonkers.
Something that definitely works to my advantage (besides my training as a photographer for 10 years) is my camera! My camera is really fast!
It can capture nearly 23 photos in 1 second!
I can guarantee that your kids will probably not cooperate in some fashion - especially if they’re between the ages of 18months and 3 1/2.
Here’s what you can do…
I can definitely tell when kids are done with photos. Let me do some of my tricks to get them back on track and interested in taking the photos.
Something you should probably not do…stand next to me to try over and over and over again to say cheese. It’s really confusing when there is more than one person talking to them at the same time. If I need your help, and I’m sure at several points I will, I will totally ask you to do a specific thing to help. One more thing about saying “cheese”, they always look like they’re pooping when they do this - so let me do some of my other tricks.
Your help is so graciously needed at these times.
I think if you stick with those understandings then you’ll be surprised at the genuine photos I get of your kids.
Location: Lumen Room (Red), Dallas Texas