I may not be good at writing my thoughts down on paper, and this may not be the most polished blog post you'll come across. But I want to do my best to be honest with you about these things that I think will help make your family photo session go as smoothly as possible.
1. Have a "can do" attitude
An important thing to remember as you go into your photo session is that kids often pick up on your attitude and match it with theirs. Being calm and positive is key! Prepare them ahead of time by telling them you are going to go have fun at the park (or wherever your session is) and a friend (me) is going to come take some pretty pictures of your family hanging out together. Try not to put too much pressure on them to behave perfectly "or else." Most kids will respond much better when you keep it light and fun with this "can do" attitude!
2. Be flexible
Photo sessions never go exactly as planned. Sometimes it rains a little bit, or the kids don't want to stand still and smile. That's okay! Remember, they're just kids and remember that I work with kids a lot so I'm used to it. I try to just go with the flow and get authentic images of your kids being kids. Yes of course I'll work with them to get that posed shot for your big canvas print, but this will come with time as they establish a trust with me throughout the session. And as far as weather, I'm used to that too, we live in Washington after-all!
3. I know it feels crazy
At almost every family photo session I find myself telling the parents that even through it feels crazy I am getting some really great shots. And after almost every photo session is delivered to the family they come back and tell me how beautiful the pictures were and how they can't believe I got anything good. Just know that everyone's kids are crazy; relax, laugh a little, embrace it and be you!
4. Trust the professional (me)
This is what I do for a living. You are paying me hard earned money to do it. That means you already trust me. So when it comes to picking the best place or pose trust me on that to! It may feel awkward at first because you're not used to being photographed but I promise you really do look great when I tell you that! I want you to feel confident in me and confident to be yourself in front of my camera!