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5 Tips for Making a Photo Session Less Stressful with Kids

Jan 18, 2022

Are you planning to take your first set of family photos? Are you stressing about the session because it will be hard with your children?

You are not alone. 99% of my first-time clients stress about their sessions.

But, please. Trust me when I say I love the challenge of capturing the beautiful moments within the chaos that may (or may not) ensue during your session.

If this sounds like any of your worries, then we are here to help! In this blog post, I’ll discuss 5 tips that will make taking pictures with kids easier. These tips include things such as using photo props and scheduling a time for when they’re less likely to get bored.

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5 Tips for Making a Photo Session Less Stressful with Kids

Tip #1: Bring “things” to keep them entertained.

Kids love playing with things, so bringing props along can help keep them engaged and amused throughout the photo session.

This can be as simple as bringing a few toys or books, or you could get more creative by using items like bubbles or even some colorful balloons! You can also bring your pet along!!

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Tip #2: Schedule the session for a time when they’re likely to be less cranky, hangry, etc.

For young children, it’s important to schedule the photo session at a time when they’re the happiest and most content.

For example, if your child tends to get irritable in the late afternoon or evening, try scheduling the session for the morning or early afternoon instead.

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Tip #3: Take breaks throughout the session.

Babies and toddlers can get tired and bored easily, so it’s important to take short breaks throughout the photo session in order to give them a chance to rest and eat if needed.

This will help keep them from getting cranky and make the session go more smoothly overall.

I recommend mini marshmallows, easy-to-chew fruit snacks, puffs, and popcorn. These are great tasty snacks that won’t get your children’s faces dirty or take too long to chew.

Tip #4: Let them be themselves.

One of the best things about taking photos of kids is that they’re naturally candid in front of the camera.

So, there’s no need to pressure them into posing in a certain way or doing something that they’re not comfortable with.

Instead, I let them be themselves and get some great shots in the process!

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Tip #5: Have patience.

This is probably the most important tip of all when it comes to taking photos of kids!

Just remember that they’re not always going to behave perfectly, so be patient and keep trying even if things don’t go as planned.

With a little bit of patience, I promise, I’ll be able to get some great shots of your kids!

I hope that these tips will help make your next photo session with kids a lot easier! If you have any other tips to share, please leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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