You worked so hard to get ready for your session. You planned the outfits, you mapped the route to our location, you’ve mentally prepared yourself and your family for the fun we’re about to have. Then you’re on your way to meet me, and a feeling of dread comes over you. What If. What if the kids fight or cry or scream bloody murder? What if every time I take a picture, their normal, sweet smiles suddenly contort into a shower of fake cheeeeeeeeeese, they squint their eyes and wrinkle their noses until they’re unrecognizable? Fake is the opposite of what you want for your family photos.
So, think quick: how do you get your kids to give real smiles during our session? How do you keep them from going all “cheesy?”
The simple answer is, the same way you keep them from going all fussy. We stay relaxed and flexible, and keep the session real by everyone being themselves.
The good news for you is that you don’t have to do it alone. I’ll be there! Before I start shooting, I’ll introduce myself, ask the kids some simple questions, get them talking or moving around, depending on the location, and help them relax in front of the stranger with the big camera.
Your job will be to not get frustrated if they aren’t exactly perfect right off the bat. Sessions are an hour and a half on purpose; it gives us time to take breaks for feeding, snack time, introverted kids who need a breather, etc. It won’t be a fun day if you’re angry and fussing at them for being fussy or cheesy.
I want you to have fun together. Fun translates to real smiles, which translates to great photos. If the fun I suggest isn’t working, I’m flexible and I won’t force it. If bubbles are the worst, maybe looking for different colored acorns is more their style. Maybe racing Dad down the dirt path gives them big natural smiles. Perhaps exploring around hidden corners and playing hide and seek is what makes them giggle. The point is that it’s fun, and your family enjoys your time together, while I follow you around and get it all on camera.
If having a “real” family session interests you, contact me and let’s set something up that would be fun for your family!