This post is sponsored by Portrait Innovations. I’ve learned these tips for photographing children while working with Portrait Innovations. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way.
When it comes to photos you could say I’m a bit obsessed. Every detail about the photos has to be perfect. I worry about it from the moment I make the appointment until the moment the session is over. Finding just the right outfits and accessories is just the beginning of my worry. When you have four kids to get to cooperate, the thoughts of what might happen are endless. I’ve worked with Portrait Innovations several times now and we love their photos. Each time I’ve learned more and more about photographing children so I thought I’d share some basic tips that have helped us get through our sessions.
Tips for Photographing Children
Let me first say that this last time we got our photos done, it was quite the experience. We have a 6, 5 and 3 year old in addition to our 6 month old baby. Typically there is always someone not cooperating.
You see, the above photo is a prime example. Now, I can look back at this photo and laugh. Laugh, yes, but it’s not what I want for the photo above our fireplace. After a cancellation because of the major power outage in metro Detroit earlier this month we rescheduled our appointment for last Friday night (as in 9 days ago!). Scheduling an appointment for 6pm on a Friday night was mistake number one. Timing is everything when it comes to getting good photos.
1) Timing is everything when it comes to photographing children.
Friday. That’s the end of the week and for us it’s the third day of daycare for the three little ones. Everyone is tired at the end of the week. As the person who knows their schedule I should have thought about that. Why on earth did I think it was a good idea to get photos done on a day I knew they would be tired? In a good session we only have about 30 minutes before they decide they are done. On a tired Friday night, we don’t get much cooperation at all. We ended up rescheduling the appointment because we didn’t have much luck and the folks at Portrait Innovations were incredibly kind and understanding about the whole situation.
We rescheduled for yesterday at 9am, their first appointment of the day. Our kids are well rested on a Sunday morning after a full night of sleep. Also, we made sure not to wear them out too much the day before and made sure they were in bed on time. Good breakfast is a must so we got them up early enough to make sure they had one so they wouldn’t be acting up because of hunger. Consider the time and day you make your appointment. Trust me, it makes all the difference in the world.
2) Be Comfortable
Make sure everyone is comfortable in their outfits. In addition to worrying about whether or not everyone is cooperating, you don’t want to worry about scratchy outfits or accessories that are falling off. Decide on dressy or casual and when selecting outfits make sure the fabrics on the items you chose are not irritable. Also, make sure the fit is good. The Easter photo above taken of the baby was in just a Baby’s First Easter sleeper. It’s simple but still cute and very comfy for him. I chose not to do an outfit change this time (other than this quick one for his first Easter) just because I wanted to make it simple and I knew one outfit would be challenging with four kids let alone adding in changes for everyone in the middle of the session.
3) Be Prepared when Photographing Children
There are a lot of things to prepare for in advance (clothing, appointment time, etc.). Make sure you discuss the appointment with the children and let them know what you expect from them (the ones old enough to understand anyway). Go to the appointment with a bag of goodies. Make sure you have healthy snacks on hand (we all know kids can get grouchy if they are hungry) and activities to keep the kids occupied. Be sure to include things like coloring books, small toys and reading/picture books. There will be times that the photographer is taking individual shots and the other kids need to be occupied during that time so you aren’t stressing about what they are doing. Try not to have too many accessories for the kids but those that you do have, get them together the night before. Last minute panicking because a headband can’t be found doesn’t help the situation at all. My husband adds that if all else fails, bribe them with something small like stopping for ice cream on the way home! lol
Stress Free Photos
Lastly, I know it’s hard, but try not to stress. As I mentioned, I worry about photos from beginning to end. I’ve learned the more I stress the more stressed my children will be. When photographing children stress is not helpful. Realize that when you have little ones every photo may not be perfect but many of them will tell a story. Our three year old can be very challenging, however, many of her photos are fun because we see her personality come through. You don’t only want perfect photos in your memories, you want those personality shots and fun shots, too. I’ve learned that from our photographer at Portrait Innovations. She’s right and if you look at it that way, it’s not as stressful! 😉
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More Fun from Portrait Innovations
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The contest begins tomorrow (March 28) and ends on Sunday, April 30. There will be 7 additional voting days and the winner will be announced May 8.
Now that you know the secrets, it’s the perfect time to make your appointment! These spring deals are amazing and you don’t want to miss them!
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