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Top 5 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier

Family pictures with kids in nature

If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit uneasy. Children aren’t always easy to deal with, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming photo session.

Tips For Making Photo Sessions With Kids Easier

1. Don't make a huge deal out of it.

If you're stressed out and cranky, your kids will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Their behavior will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have to make some compromises to keep the peace such as letting your energetic daughter's hair stay straight instead of curling it because she won't sit still. Focus on the big picture and don't sweat the small stuff. They will appreciate it and in the end, you'll be glad you let it go for the greater good of the family picture

2. Make it fun.

Let the kids have a couple “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose or props. We even like to let them play a little and get comfortable with a photographer that they may not know being around. You get to keep the more serious photos while they get to keep their silly photos. This way everyone wins. If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game. Simon Says usually works like a charm.

3. Be prepared.

If you're going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. Schedule your session around their nap time. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea. If you are having your own photos taken too then you might want to bring a babysitter or family member along to watch the kids. If you happen to be shooting in a remote location, you never know when you might need something like bug spray, tissues or a first aid kit so bring that along too.

Family pictures with kids outside

4. Be patient.

Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from kids just doing their own thing. Work with your photographer and your photos will look fantastic. We usually ask parents to let us be in charge. If a kid isn't doing what is needed, having a stranger correct them, as opposed to the parent, usually goes over better.

5. Have a chat.

Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around your photographer and will also give your photographer a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.

If you're ready to book your own family session with AFH Media, you can do so below! We'd love to talk with you about making your family portrait dreams a reality!


Michelle Robertson
Michelle Robertson
Apr 08, 2021

These family pictures are beautiful!!! We all know it can be tough to get everyone prepped for a professional family photo shoot and your tips are right on target. Specifically love reminding everyone to be patient and manage expectations. Great reminders for all of us!


Brandi Price
Brandi Price
Apr 05, 2021

Your number 1 tip is so spot on! Mom's DO NOT STRESS! The rest of the family will feed off of that energy! Family pictures should be fun and capture your precious kiddos just as they are!


Apr 05, 2021

Good advice. Having younger kids can be tough to photograph. But you are 10000% right when saying make it fun !

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