I recently completed a photography course by a friend of mine ( Jyotsna Bhamidipati) called, “Capturing Mood: A Four Step Process to Evoking Character in Your Photographs.” It was wonderful and I highly recommend taking it, you can check it out here! In this course Jyo asks us to ponder the question, “ Are we artists, or photographers?”
If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren’t always easy to deal with, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming photo session.
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 into because she won't sit still. Focus on the big picture and don't sweat the small stuff.
2. Make it fun.
Let the kids have a couple “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose or props. 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. 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.
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.
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.
As you can see, this session went really well and I was able to get some really good Lifestyle images because The Littrell Family were so good at following these 5 tips.
What are some tips you can think of that may help to make sessions easier? Comment below, I'd love to hear from you!
I Happy New Year!!! What are your goals for your business this year? I for one, am really hoping to get going in taking clients on, and creating a succesful photgraphy business this year. Every where I research I read about how blogging is THE way to grow your business and really get recognized and ranked in Google. I absolutely HATED writing in school and as you can see.... am not very good at it, BUT I LOVE photography and will do anything to really grow my business!
Happy, happy Monday friends! Today's featured photographer is another sweet soul I have met via the wonderful IG!! She describes herself as, "Wife, Mama, Visual Storyteller." Go friend her on IG right now because you don't want to miss a second of her work. Her IG is a beautiful mix of client and personal work. She is superb in capturing everyday moments in such a wonderfully emotive way. And she is amazing at freelensing, I could scroll FOREVER!! So sit back and enjoy getting to know the amazingly talented... Natasha Huisman!!
What got you started in photography?
I picked up my first camera as therapy for depression. This was about 15 years ago. I thought it would help me get outside, slow down, and enjoy the little things. Not only did it do all that but it also allowed me to capture the everyday moments in my babies lives!
What’s one of the most interesting experiences you’ve ever had in a session or personal project?
One of the biggest privileges I've had is photographing one of my closest friend's births. Her unborn baby had a terminal diagnosis and she knew she would've have much time with him after his birth. She asked me to photograph his birth and his life. I documented him coming into this world and the four hours and eleven minutes of his beautiful, but way too short, life. I photographed almost every minute of the time he was in this world. It was one of the most painful and beautiful things I've ever done.