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Embracing the Unpredictable Moments of a Family Photoshoot

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

As a parent, you've probably experienced the anticipation and excitement of a family photoshoot, only to find that your kids have their own agenda. It's important to remember that these sessions are about capturing genuine moments and personalities. As a photographer, I completely understand the challenges that come with getting kids to cooperate during a photoshoot. But I want to take a minute to share a few insights into what your kids might do during a photo session and how you can make the most of these candid moments. So, take a deep breath, relax, and let's dive in:

1. Kids are unpredictable:

Let's face it; kids have a mind of their own. They might not always follow directions or listen to the photographer, and that's perfectly okay. Unless their safety is involved, try not to stress over their every move and just enjoy the spontaneity and uniqueness of their actions. These genuine expressions often lead to the most heartwarming and memorable photographs.

2. Kids don't love the camera:

Remember those forced, awkward smiles in school pictures? Well, that's not what we're aiming for in a family photoshoot. Kids being kids means they might not always look directly at the camera, and that's absolutely fine. I love capturing them in their natural element – playing, exploring, and interacting with you. These candid moments truly reflect their personalities and create more authentic memories. And remember, if you are constantly looking at your kid or pointing to me to get them to look, when they finally do, you aren't!

3. Kids cry sometimes:

Life is full of ups and downs, and so is a photo shoot. Your child might get tired, fussy, or even cry – it's all part of the experience. Don't be disheartened by these moments; instead, embrace them. A tearful hug, a comforting cuddle, or a playful distraction can lead to incredibly touching and meaningful snapshots reflecting your family's genuine love and care.

4. Kids have energy:

Kids are bundles of boundless energy, and I encourage that during our photoshoots. Rather than having them sit still and pose, I love to engage them in playful activities and games. The sillier, the better. So, if your child starts to run wild or dance around, don't worry! Those candid shots of them giggling, twirling, and having the time of their lives often turn out to be the most vibrant and captivating photographs.

5. Kids are humans too:

Let's be honest, even adults have their off days, and kids are no exception. A sudden meltdown doesn't mean the end of the photoshoot. In fact, it's an opportunity for you to showcase your parental instincts. Take a break, offer a snack, a sip of their favourite drink, or a comforting moment to regroup. These pauses can lead to heartwarming captures of your genuine connection and your child's ability to bounce back.

When it comes to family photography, the magic lies in the imperfect, unscripted moments that showcase the essence of your family's love, joy, and dynamics. As a photographer, I want to reassure you that I understand the challenges of working with kids during a photoshoot. So, instead of stressing over their behaviour, I encourage you to embrace it.

Let them be themselves, let them be kids, and allow me to capture those beautiful, genuine moments that you'll cherish for a lifetime. Remember, you're not alone – every parent goes through this journey. The key is to let go, enjoy the session, and trust that the result will be a collection of treasured memories that truly reflect your family's story.


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