Let me set the scene: you research photographers and book family photos. You spend time and energy coordinating the date, planning/buying outfits, and scheduling hair and makeup.
The day of the shoot arrives. You rally the fam, schedule nap times around the session time, prep for the shoot, get everyone dressed and ready, arrive at the location and…. expect your children to behave like perfect angels 100% of the time.
Let’s change the expectation! Not only is it not realistic, but “perfect” smiles at the camera won’t achieve the real smiles and laughter, the authentic connection, and the joyful chaos that will lead to photos you want to hang on your walls and cherish the rest of your life.
I’m here to share 3 realistic tips to create beautiful, authentic, joyful photos for your family.
The main takeaway is to relax and not allow the kids’ behavior or potential behavior to stress you out! Kids will be kids, and that is what makes the photos so joyful and natural. We will get the shots we need – just trust me and go with the flow.
BONUS TIP: I’m not above bribing 😉 Don’t feel awkward if that’s something you choose to do during our session. Many parents take the kiddos for ice cream after, or having a special treat picked out that the kids will get following the session. It’s nice to have a little something planned just in case. You may not need to use it!
Melanie Soltz is a Kansas City Newborn Photographer and specializes in maternity, baby, and family photography. Areas served (but not limited to) include Overland Park, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, Lee’s Summit, Kansas City, Prairie Village, Johnson County, and surrounding areas. Natural light photography studio located in Overland Park, serving the entire Kansas City area.
If you are interested in booking your own maternity, newborn or family portrait session in the Kansas City area, please don’t hesitate to reach out. See more examples of maternity, baby, family and newborn photography by clicking over here.