How To Prepare For Your Session
Preparing your kids for our session as much as possible often takes the timidness out of the evening. Please make sure kids know that this is FUN! No threats, as they usually bring about tears and added stress. Don’t even bother telling them to be sure to smile or “be good”. My goal isn’t to get a picture of your child “being good” or just “smiling” but having fun and interacting. Generally, as soon as your kids are out of the vehicle, I'm working hard to win them over with fun ideas. Some kids who have been coached to smile for the photographer get so nervous that they are fighting laughing and relaxing because they are so worried about having their picture taken or making their parents happy!
Instead, I’m a huge fan of bribery - (ice cream after!) is always a great idea for the ones who need a little extra encouragement. However, please don't bring sweets for bribing during the shoot. They tend to end up being a distraction, and despite my photoshop skills, I can't actually edit cheetos out of their hands every time, lol.
Moms, I’m speaking to you. Is your husband feeling less than thrilled about your upcoming photo shoot? A little bribery seems to work well here as well (though maybe something better than ice cream.. bow chicka-wow-wow!)
But seriously, let your husband know that the shoot will be relatively painless and to try to focus on having an hour to play with the kids, hold your hand and just savor the moment. Several couples have stated to me that the shoot helped them to feel more connected as husband and wife. That’s our goal, capturing the connection!