Taking photos with young children can be a huge challenge! However, it’s possible to do it! Continue your reading to discover five tips to nail your family photos and have wonderful memories with your children.
Do some mental preparation
One good way to stack all the odds in your favour is to prepare your child mentally. Talking positively about the photo session a couple of weeks in advance, explaining what you will do in front of the camera and crossing the days on the calendar are all good ways to demonstrate how exciting it will be. You can even practice your best poses together! Of course, it might not stop some little ones to be shy, but at least they won’t be scared of the camera or the photographer.
Don’t have expectations
Let’s be honest, photo sessions with young children rarely go as planned. Yet, this does not mean they are completely ruined! Your kid wants to run everywhere? Ask them to run towards you so we can capture candid and natural portraits of you together. They prefer to hide behind the tree instead? That’s fine, we’ll play with hide and seek together and transform the experience into a game. Let’s hope for the best, prepare for the worst and be ready for the unexpected!
Bring something to keep them interested
It’s no secret, children aged five and under rarely have a big attention span! Being photographed during a whole hour can quickly become redundant for them. Bringing something to stimulate them and to keep them interested is a very good idea. For instance, a toy that makes noise or music is excellent for babies, while a more complex activity like a doing a picnic works well with older children. You can even let them choose what they prefer so they feel more invested in the process!
Don’t be afraid to look silly
Despite everything, some children can stay very unmoved during a session. It’s the perfect moment to use our secret techniques: a surprise tickle fight, a singing competition, a best funny faces contest, etc.
If all of this fails, I will bring out the big guns: fart jokes! Yes, I know, it’s silly to say « Eww, can you guys smell that? Did you just fart (name of the child)?! », but it works! Fart jokes are effective almost every single time, especially when combined with a fart noise app. They allow us to have wonderful natural photos with a GENUINE smile. Plus, they quickly put everyone in a good mood.
If for some reason you aren’t comfortable with this technique, you can always suggest funny words or sentences that make your children laugh and I will be happy to use them instead.
This goes without saying, but being in a good mood is absolutely essential to have a joyful photo session. From my experience, parents who show up in a bad mood almost always give it to their child. Take advantage of the session to empty your mind and fully enjoy this quality moment with your family. Plus, I’m sure you will go back home more light hearted! It’s a win-win situation for everyone!