Get Excited! Photo Sessions are fun!

No need for bribes!  Family photos are fun - I swear!  What is better then hanging out together, running, playing, hugging and kissing?  Prior to the session, you can do a number of things to get the family excited about picture day.

Bring snacks, favorite toys and extra outfits to the session.  Being a model is hard work and your kids might get hungry!  Do not bribe the kids before the session (although we may do it to get one last smile out of them during the shoot!)  If you say something like 'after the session, I will take you for icecream' your child may take that as 'something really painful is going to happen because I get icecream.'

Get your toddler involved by letting them help pick out the clothes they will wear.  You might want them to wear the super itchy wool sweater and he wants to wear his batman shirt.  Your options are a crying kid in a wool sweater or a smiling kid in his batman shirt.   To avoid this situation, pick the ideal outfit a few days before the session, hang it in the closet and talk about it every morning as you get ready for work or school.  Point to it and say something like 'Oh my gosh!  Only one more day and you get to wear that red sweater!'   For family portrait sessions, bring one outfit that your kiddo is super excited about and one that you are super excited about and we can switch at the end of the session.  

For really little ones, do not put them in the picture clothes until you arrive at the studio or location.  Arrive a few minutes early and swap the drool filled outfit for the picture outfit right before the session.

Talk to your kids about the location of the session.  If your session is at the studio, you can talk about new toys to play with and the train right outside (the blue line track runs right by the studio!)  If the session is at Montrose Beach, let them know that they get to kick off their shoes and run in the sand.  Choosing a location that is special to your child can help get them excited for the day.

Keep in mind that meeting a new person with a big camera can be a little scary for a toddler.  On the days leading up to the session, talk about me.  Tell them that in a few days, they will meet Ms. Jennifer and that the family is going to play at a park or at the studio and Ms. Jennifer will take photos.  Show them pictures of cameras online or find some wacky photographer video on YouTube.  Show them photos and tell them that this is what I am going to take at the session.  Many of my toddler clients get so excited when I open the door at the studio, they remember the location and know that we are going to have a good time!

Sometimes adults don't want to do the photos either.  You might be rushing to the location from work or Dad could think of a million other things to do on a Saturday.  Try to keep in mind that your kids can definitely feel that stress and react to it during the session.  If your session is on a work day, try to take a little more time off so that you can do something special after the session.  While we are capturing those beautiful family moments, you might get a little sentimental - I mean, come on, you have a perfect family!

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