3 Tips for Family Photos with Little Kids
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Something magical happened when Jordan shot these family photos last year. The boys were happy, the weather was chilly but not freezing, and the light was perfect.
We hopped the fence into this particular park since we were there just a few minutes before it “officially” opened to the public and got reprimanded for it, but other than that it was just a perfect shoot!
With family photo season in full swing, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned about photo shoots with kids!
- Make sure their clothes aren’t brand new or too stiff. If they are comfortable, they’ll be much happier. I regret putting David in this vest because it blocked some of his face! If you are getting a new outfit for your kids, try it on them and then launder it as needed so it softens up a bit.
- Be realistic about a toddler’s tolerance for such an event. David *just* recently started smiling on command for photos. It’s still a bit of an “expressionless eyes but showing all the teeth” look, but it’s cute nonetheless. There have been shoots with the boys that are a train wreck just because neither are interested in cooperating. And thats okay, they are kids! They don’t know the value of a family photo yet! So, try to get them involved. Give them a mission or a reason for smiling. Bribery doesn’t work really great with David, but if I tell him that we’ll send this picture to his tractor at Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Illinois he will give THE BIGGEST SMILE! And if they need a break, and your photographer is fantastic like Jordan, let them see what happens behind the lens. Maybe see if they can press the shutter so get involved in the event. They may be more intrigued if they think it’s play or something for them.
Be open to individual shots or just couple shots. After some magical family shots, David was getting antsy, so Justin ran around with him on his back and jordan got the SWEETEST photos of David having the time of his life. Be silly and have fun with your kids. Those photos are much more fun to look at and always make me smile.
Hiring a photographer you feel comfortable with and who is great at his or her job will help immensely. When it’s all said and done the shoot itself doesn’t usually take long, but if you have fun while doing it, you’ll love the photos you get from it for a lifetime.
Jordan Maunder is a dear friend who started as my photographer. I highly recommend her for anything you need photos of. This post was not sponsored.