Getting the whole family to cooperate during a photoshoot can be especially challenging with little ones. Check out Sparkfly Photography’s five suggestions to have your next family photoshoot go off without a hitch!
1. Plan to Play!
Children are experts at playing. When you plan your photo shoot around playing together, you’ll find that you are more relaxed, your children are happier, and your photos will reflect both things. It doesn’t need to be elaborate or staged, just think of the ways your family loves to play and incorporate that into the photo shoot.
2. Involve Children in the Planning
Involving your children in the planning goes right along with play. It’s likely they’ll have some great ideas (that involve playing) and you’ll find that they have more buy-in when they’ve had a say in what will happen during the shoot.
3. Choose Your Outfits
When choosing your outfits for your family shoot, Sparkfly recommends keeping the word “coordinate” in mind. Rather than matching exactly, coordinate outfits and color schemes. With children, it’s also very important that your child wears the outfit first—you never know what tags or waistlines may feel uncomfortable and you don’t want to be dealing with that extra element during a shoot.
4. Bring Snacks and Treats
You know exactly what kind of snacks or treats keep your kids motivated and energized, so bring some of those along on your shoot. You can use them as motivation or just for a much-needed energy boost or distraction—if you want, you can even plan for them to be part of the shoot! Do you love ice cream sundaes? Plan to have those for shoot. Will your kids do anything for guacamole? Make it together as a family during the shoot. These every day activities will make your shoot look and feel authentic and fun.
5. Bring Favorites
This can be favorite people, toys, songs, whatever! Think of the people or things that make your children light up and figure out a way to bring them along. If grandpa can always elicit some smiles, see if he can come along or even just call to say hi. If there’s a toy that your child could spend all day with, make sure it comes along in your bag and makes an appearance at just the right time.
Most importantly, think of your family photo shoot as dedicated time to make memories and be together. It’s not really about the photos… it’s about the time spent together.