Even though I have been a photographer for 5+ years, even I clam up and struggle getting comfortable in front of the camera. I do sessions with my kids every year and still, dread it. So I totally get it! The great thing about our session, is that it’s not timed. This allows us to take our time while everyone gets warmed up. That being said, most kids last about 45 minutes. We’ll take plenty of breaks but we definitely don’t want to push them too much by making the session last hours.
We’ll let the kids play. Let them run, jump and just be kids. I know we focus a lot on- where do I put my hands, where do I look? I recommend focusing less on that and more on interacting with your kids. Laugh with them, tickle them, hold their hands- whatever comes natural.
We’ll take turns having you look at the camera and interacting with your kids. We’ll definitely get some more posed photos but nothing beats capturing those candid moments.
When it comes to candy or treats, I think they’re great to have but we don’t want to bring those out until it’s absolutely necessary. Brought out too early and the kids tend to fixate on the treats and lose focus quickly.
We definitely want to stay away from chocolates, cookies and anything else that will make a mess. I’ve found that mini gummy bars are a great treat to have because they’re clear so the color doesn’t stain their face or mouth. Drools are are typically easier to clean up as well. But let’s hold off on those until we really need them.
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