How to prepare your kids for a Photo shoot
Preparing your kids for a photoshoot can feel like a bit of a daunting mission! And take it from me – the difference between a family that’s prepared and one that isn’t is definitely clear in the final product of the photos. Getting prepared doesn’t have to be a mammoth task. As a general rule of thumb, the most important thing to do is have an open conversation with them about what a photo shoot is, what they can expect, and why it’s important for you and your family.
I’ve worked with children for over three decades (and I have three kids of my own who are all grown up now!), so if your child is nervous or unsure, I have plenty of ways to keep them feeling comfortable and reassured. Nonetheless, below are some simple activities you can do before your shoot to prepare your family for the big day!
Explain to them what you’re doing
Communication is key when it comes to kids. In the same way, you prepare them for a first day back at school, a sports carnival, or a special event, before your photo shoot, have a family discussion about what they can expect. Be clear and honest when it comes to details about how long the shoot will go for, what the weather will be like, and the fact that there will be a person with a camera on them (which most kids love the idea of, anyway!). In the week leading up to your shoot, you can brainstorm fun ideas for photos all together to get them engaged and excited.
Bring them to the consultation
I love to meet all my clients – adults and children! – during my consultation. It’s a great way for me to get to know your family, and it’s also reassuring for your child to meet the face that will be behind the lens when it comes to your photoshoot. There are plenty of toys to keep them busy at The Studio when we’re working out the final details, so don’t hesitate to bring them along to say hello!
Get them to try on their photoshoot outfit in advance
There’s nothing worse than a see little fingers fiddling with a loose strap or pulling at uncomfortable clothes when you look back at your photos. I recommend putting your kids in the clothes for the shoot before the actual day – for your sanity and for theirs! Let them keep it on for a while, see how they move and play in it, and make changes if they don’t look 100% comfortable in what they’re wearing. Getting them involved in the preparation process is also a great way to build up their excitement for the day.
Bring a toy or comforter to the shoot
If your child is unsettled or nervous about the shoot, they should absolutely bring along a toy or comforter. While I make sure not to capture a well-loved teddy in your family photo, it can be reassuring for your little one to know that they have a comfort close by to reach for. It’s also really handy to have some toys on hand if you’re after individual photos of your children and will need something to keep them entertained.
I’m always available to talk in the lead-up to your photo shoot session to accommodate for any child (or adult!) to make sure they feel as comfortable as possible on the day. This moment is all about you and your family – my job is to capture the magic.