When it comes to family portraits most parents’ number one concern is how to get their little ones to pose and cooperate during the shoot. There are always challenges to face when trying to get everyone in the family to look their best and look at the camera altogether but it is not something you need to stress about. These simple tips will help you prepare your young ones for their big day in front of the camera whether it's for family portraits or birthday pictures.
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5 Tips to Prep Your Kids for Your Family Shoot
You'll want to schedule your shoot around you kids schedule. Work around naps or feeding times so they aren't fussy or cranky during the shoot.
2. Make it a big deal.
You want your children to be excited about the shoot so let them know about it well in advance. Make it into a special occasion so they can get more excited and interested in taking part in it. Even offer a special treat for after the shoot.
Please do not bribe your child and promise a toy or ice cream after the session. This only sets the child up to focus on that and the fact they don't have it. If you feel the need to bribe bring smarties or fruit chews. These are small tokens of appreciation for what they are doing right. And they can receive it right away. But word of caution once you bring out the treats you'll need to keep feeding them because even if your child just ate, they will all of a sudden be so hungry!
4. Let The Photographer Give Directions
It's natural for parents to want to give their children directions during a shoot or make adjustments to their clothing but this often leads to parents not looking at the camera. Let your photographer take the reins and you just focus on looking good and being camera ready yourself. Kids also tend to listen better to another adult so it can make everything a lot easier for everyone.
5. Enjoy the Experience
Of course, you want each shot to be amazing but your focus should be on enjoying the moment with your family and children. Sometimes the most picture perfect moments are the ones that don't seem so perfect in the moment. Don't set expectations of how you want the perfect family portrait. Instead focus on having the perfect family moments. The more fun you are having the more fun your kids will have too.
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