If you are preparing for a photoshoot with your child, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive.  Children aren’t always easy and co-operative in front of the camera.  This is why the tips below are well worth thinking about before your photoshoot.

Whether it is a straightforward family portrait or a themed fairy photoshoot the following applies:

  1. Don’t make a huge deal out of it. If you’re stressed out and anxious, your child will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Their behavior will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have to make some compromises to keep your child engaged and co-operative.
  2. Make it fun. Let your child have a couple “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose, props, or expression. You get to keep the more serious photos while they get to keep their fun photos. This way everyone wins. If you are struggling to get your child to sit still, turn the photo session into a game.
  3. Be prepared. If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that your child is well rested. Bringing some snacks, games and toys along is also a great idea. At Stephen Bruce Photography we do provide snacks and drinks but you may like to bring a special treat that you know might help.  If you are bringing a change of clothing for your child then rehearse at home what they are going to wear and discuss what you want from the photoshoot with your child. If you are having your own photo taken too then you might want to bring a friend or family member along to help.
  4. Be patient. As a photographer I am patient to ensure I get good shots. Save your own sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from children just doing their own thing. Work with your photographer and your photos will look fantastic.
  5. Have a chat. Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school or their favorite things. This allows them to feel more comfortable around your photographer and will also give your photographer a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.

All children are different and some can be particularly self conscious in front of the camera, so as adults we need to be sensitive to that and accept that things may not always go as we planned.

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