Three tips on How to Prep your Kids for a Stress-Free Family Session

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Today, I’m sharing my top three tips on how to prepare your kids for a stress free session so that they [and the whole family] show up to their session relaxed and ready to have a good time.

Kids, they can be so cute and sweet when they want to be. But when it comes to taking family photos, they tend to have a mind of their own. If I’m being honest, it’s almost like getting on the plane with children. They’re sweet and cute one moment but once they’re on that plane and around other people, they begin to act and behave how they want and more times than not, it’s the complete opposite of what the grown-ups are telling them! haha.

Tip #1 – Set expectations

This is probably the most important thing to a having a stress free session. Leave the surprises for another outing! Just like with us, when we understand what to expect or what is about to happen, it allows us to mentally prepare ourselves. Children are no different. Let them know they will be taking pictures, and what your expectations are. At the end of the day, kids just want to make their grown-ups happy. If you’re clear about your expectations with them, then the entire experience will be more smooth and enjoyable.

Tip #2 – Try their clothes on ahead of time

This will help to ensure their clothes fit the way they should and that they aren’t “itchy”or “too tight.” If you do this ahead of time, it will also allow you the time you need to get them another outfit if needed. Same goes for the shoes! If the shoes are new, let’s break them in BEFORE the session. If they’re dirty, let’s clean them well in advance. 

Tip #3 – Have a hearty snack

I don’t know about you, but when I’m hungry it causes me to be very grumpy. Kids are very similar. A small and/or unhealthy snack will leave your kids still feeling hungry and could even lead to a sugar crash in the middle of your session. Feeding them a healthy, hearty snack will give them the energy they need so “hangry” doesn’t happen. Whole wheat toast with peanut butter and apples, a banana with almond butter, string cheese and grapes… I always recommend pairing a fruit with their snack. Just make sure they eat before they get dressed. I also recommend packing snacks and water for after the session!

If you’ve enjoyed these tips, be sure to sign up here for my free guide where I share many more tips so that everyone shows up to their session relaxed and ready to enjoy their time. If you’re looking for a photographer, I’d love to hear from you. I specialize in family, maternity, lifestyle newborn and milestone photography.

March 22, 2022


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