Booking a photoshoot is exciting, and when it comes to involving your kids, a little preparation can go a long way. The groundwork you lay beforehand – discussing outfits, choosing locations, and setting expectations – plays a big role in the success of your session. Particularly for kids aged 2-7, it’s crucial to set the right tone so they feel comfortable and ready to shine in front of the camera. Here are three tried-and-tested tips to help prepare your kids for a fun and successful photoshoot.
Start by familiarizing your kids with the photographer – in this case, me, Shannon! Show them a picture of me and casually refer to me as Miss Shannon, Aunty Shannon, Tia Shannon, or Ateh Shannon. This approach helps remove the ‘stranger’ aspect and makes kids feel more at ease during the shoot. A familiar face is always less intimidating, and dropping my name in conversations will make them feel like they’re meeting a friend, not just a photographer.
A bit of role-playing can work wonders. Spend a few minutes each week having a mini ‘photoshoot’ at home. Let them play the model while you, with a camera or phone, play the photographer. Give them simple instructions like smiling or making a silly face. This practice not only familiarizes them with following directions but also with being in front of a camera. Remember to keep these sessions short and sweet, and always end with a small reward for their cooperation!
On the day of the photoshoot, consider bringing along some small rewards or incentives. A favorite treat, a small toy, or the promise of a fun activity can work wonders in keeping them engaged and cooperative during the shoot. While it might deviate from your usual parenting style, these little bribes can turn the photoshoot into an enjoyable experience for them, setting a positive tone for future photography sessions.
If you’re planning a family photoshoot and want to make sure your kids are as prepared and excited as you are, these tips will definitely help. And remember, a relaxed and fun atmosphere is key to capturing those genuine, joyful moments. If you’re looking for a photographer who can make your kids feel at ease and capture their true personalities, reach out to book your session today!