Taking pictures with your children and the family makes for the most treasured gift. To get picture perfect snapshots, follow these easy and effective tips.
- DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Before you choose a photographer, be sure that she or he will deliver on your expectations. Look at their portfolio to ensure their style suits yours.
- ADMIN – CHECK!
Have all the admin out of the way to help alleviate unnecessary stress on the day. Know the address of the location and directions to get there; know what time you’re supposed to be there with an understanding of what will happen if you’re late or if it’s raining; know whether you need to take cash with you, etc.
- GET REAL
A toddler’s concentration won’t last much longer than 45 minutes, so book a realistic length of time for your shoot.
- WHAT TO WEAR
Ask your photographer for advice on what to wear and choose your outfits well in advance. Make sure your clothing choices are comfortable as well as attractive. Remember to think of accessory options to add some fun. It’s best not to choose outfits that are too ‘matchy-matchy’.
- DRESS ACCORDINGLY
If your shoot’s in the park, don’t wear high heels or come made up to the nines. At the park, leave most of your valuables in the car and, only if necessary, bring a bag that you’re happy to leave on the ground and out of the way, so that you won’t worry about it and are free to move.
- HAPPY DADS
Often dads dread being in front of the camera, so if your husband’s joining you, explain how important it is to capture these family shots and that his co-operation and cheerfulness would be greatly appreciated!
- BEAUTY SLEEP
On the day make sure everyone’s well fed and rested. Get to the shoot early so that you’re not stressed out before you start and kids are familiar and comfortable with the surrounds.
- BE WHO YOU ARE
If you have young kids then chances are you might not get that ‘perfect’ shot with everyone smiling beautifully and looking into the camera. However, isn’t it more important to focus on getting photos that capture the essence of your family – the love, the laughter and connection you have with one another, rather than cheesy forced smiles?
- BE COOL
Try to avoid shouting at your kids or demanding them to look at the camera. Let the photographer take control by interacting with them and ask how you can assist, like standing behind the photographer and making silly faces, or doing something that you know makes your child laugh – make it fun!
- BE NATURAL
Interact with your kids naturally, make them laugh, have fun and play – photos capture those true, loving, spontaneous moments that’ll be cherished. Pick your kids up, throw them in the air, chase them, tickle them, kiss them, joke with them and love them.
- JUST ENJOY IT!
Sit back, relax and enjoy the shoot and your kids will too.