Guide for parents
Pictures from the family photoshoot are undoubtedly one of the most valuable souvenirs. Time flies fast and some situations cannot be repeated. Therefore, it is worth considering a family session for you and your loved ones.
The first meeting of children with a photographer usually involves taking preschool and school photos. Generally, often (but not always) a bit of boredom.
A family photoshoot has these the advantage is that it can be great, engaging fun combined with comfort and temperament of our children. When all this is done with a little bit of my help polished to perfection (although it is worth noting that in the case of sessions with children it is difficult to rigid scenario) – we can open ourselves to this experience that can bring surprising results.
Your child must be prepared for a family photoshoot. So that they do not feel tense about it (or to minimise this tension) and the compulsion of the expected effect by the parents. A few days before the family photoshoot talk to your child about what will happen, how much time the session will last and why you care about family photos. Present this situation as a fun time and fun for the whole family. You can also promise that after the session it will happen additionally something the child likes to do – some form of reward. Go for their favourite ice cream for example.
How long the session will last depends primarily on your child’s readiness for its dynamics – that is, changes in setting, arrangement, and sometimes also the place of the session. Everything can go on approx. 1.5 h to even 2 hours.
Choose a place for the session where the child feels good and where he/she can go “outside the plan” for a while. In. In my opinion outdoor is the best solution.
Ask: what does your child want to do during the session, and what games or even arrangements are interesting for them and will be fun. Also, ask your child for tips for the photographer – what kind of photo he/she wants to have in which place who has it on. Suggest that the child may have his favourite toys with him.
Following the child’s instincts in this way can give very good and visually unexpected effects.
The best time for a photoshoot with young children is around 10:00. Choose a time when your baby has the most energy and has eaten the meal. Take with you
his favourite snacks, which may be an argument at a more difficult time of the session.
Dress your child so that it is comfortable for him. What colour selection?- it is worth wearing fairly uniform colours, matching each other, subdued – such as pastels, beige, and natural colours. Classic jeans and bright shirts or t-shirts are still reliable for the session.
Patterned clothes are not recommended for graphics, inscriptions, or logos. If you have any doubts – ask about the photographer’s outfit, who w based on the concept of the session and its place – it will help you with the choice of clothes.
What to do to make it natural and “without silly faces”? It requires patience. It is best to give your child first to pose “with the silly face”, which will allow it to become more natural over time.
Pictures are best when we all feel at ease and do what we like.
In addition, family photoshoots are beneficial when we take photos on the move.
The key here is an approach that will minimise the stress on parents and children (the stress before the session concerns practically everyone, and the children read their parents’ emotions). Imagine what the worst can happen? Artificial poses, lack of cooperation on the part of the child?
Remember that I’m a professional, prepared for various scenarios. I can find myself in such situations. You are not alone in this. It is worth letting go and setting yourself up for a cool one, family time. Then the good results will come by themselves.