I hear a lot from parents about how they wonder/worry how their kids will act during a session...well, I am here to tell you not to worry! Please don't feel like your kids need to act a certain way or to be master posers for sessions! What I would like to say is that generally, kids tend to run the show during our session - and I just make sure to go with the flow and read how they are feeling to ensure we get the best session possible.
Kids can be so unpredictable - one minute they are crying and then the next minute they are all smiles. I get that - I have two kids of my own, so I know how much they can change from one minute to the next!
My approach is to try and make our session more like play time and to engage with them, so it doesn't feel so stressful. I like to photograph kids in their element...playing, laughing, exploring, tickling, hugging, blowing bubbles...whatever it is that makes them happy!
As a parent, I totally understand that you might feel a bit of pressure during your session to get that perfect photo - where the kids are acting like angels and everyone is smiling! And I will do my best to get that photo for you! But I also want you to know that it's okay, and perfectly normal, if your child is feeling a bit shy or having an off day. After photographing so many families, I kind of expect it! :)
For example, take a look at the photo below. This little guy was feeling a little off that day, and was only happy when mom or dad was holding him (not so much grandma):
Now, check out this photo! This was literally 5 minutes later, and he's totally happy! We just read his cues and went with the flow, and we got some really special images from this family session! Check out the rest of the photos below!
Diana Jex is a Sonoma County based newborn, maternity and family photographer.
Serving Petaluma, Sonoma, Marin, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Napa,and the North Bay.