5 Tips to Prepare for Your Lifestyle Family Photo Session
Getting the whole family ready for a photo shoot can be stressful – the clothes, the behavior reminders, hoping no one will be sick/crabby all tend to make the calmest mom lose her cool. If you’ve never experienced a lifestyle family photo session, the expectations of not knowing can be even worse! If you haven’t read up on the Information page, please make sure you head over to check out more about what to expect from a session. Still nervous? Read on for 5 of my favorite tips to help you get ready for our time together.
1.) Don’t Skip Meals or Naps – tired, hangry kids = no fun. Its a universal fact. Don’t skip usual nap times for toddlers or babies the day of the shoot or push dinner back a bit. Better to feed early, feed often. Don’t forget to pack snacks too if we are going to be away from your home.
2.) Blackmail and Bribery Never End Well – like in politics, its so tempting to use promises and bribes to get what we need in the moment, but somehow, we end up paying sooner rather than later. While some photographers swear by candy or promises of trips to Izzy’s Icecream when we finish, it tends to backfire. Kids become obsessed with the candy or too focused on the end of the photo shoot to enjoy the time we are together. Instead, let’s plan out an emergency secret activity we can fall back on during your photo shoot to re-energize or re-engage your kids in the photos if they are getting bored – such as a trip to the park, playing a favorite game, or making a snack together (or cookies!).
3.) Forget the Clock – the time we have together is loaded with time for mental breaks – that means we have plenty of time for someone to run to the bathroom, have a snack, have a meltdown, or just chat with me about their favorite school activity. We can slow down, take our time, and have fun, not watch the clock. You’ll be surprised how fast the time will go, how we will finish up just when we scheduled to, and how many wonderful moments we captured.
4.) Go With The Flow – Lifestyle photo shoots are unlike any photo shoot you may have done in a studio. There are no rules, little expectations, and no forced smiles on demand. In fact, I will never ask you to look at the camera (although you can if you want to). Mostly we talk, we play, and we laugh. But what if your little one refuses to sit down or is in total meltdown? That’s okay too! “Say what? okay??? No its not!” you say. It is, I promise you it is! So long as your kiddo isn’t sick, we can still capture some great photos, incorporate them into play, and even get some sweet cuddle photos post meltdown with mom. So don’t worry, everyone doesn’t have to be perfect to have beautiful photos.
5.) Fill out the Questionnaire – the better I get to know you, your family, and your home, the better your session will go! I’ll send it over with your contract via email – please send it back as soon as you can! Don’t forget to include any other details about your family you think I should know.
Finally, I’m a mom too so I want you to know I’ve been there with you – I understand, I won’t judge. Don’t believe me? See this photos below? Want to know the reason I pulled the curtain in front of the camera? It was because my son was fussing and squirming out of my lap. No days are perfect, but all days are memorable with kids. Hope we can capture some of yours soon!