Don’t expect to stand and smile the whole time. This is boring for kids and honestly and for us adults, I get it! I love interactions. Don’t expect perfect smiles. If you pressure your kids to smile, you are going to get a fake cheese smile. I want to capture giggles and REAL smiles. So if it takes tackling dad, chasing a kid through a field, laying down to have a tickle fight, or pretending to pick boogers, we will do it. If we have to bribe them to smile...well, bring along a treat they like or promise a stop at Dairy Queen on the way home. Plan to look at the camera only about 10% of the time.
Plan to have fun. Almost every single one of my family photo sessions ends with dad saying “That’s it?” “Wow, that was easier than I thought it would be!” “That went SO much better than last time we took pictures.” I truly believe that if you play games and let loose with your family, that you will get the pay off when you see your pictures. I know you want to look great in your pictures, I get it! Remember if you are constantly fixing hair, straightening skirts, wiping noses, and pulling down collars, you are going to lose the moment. Now, take a deep breathe, try not to worry, and leave all the work up to me.
Don’t stress. There are many things in life worth stressing about especially in todays world. Photo sessions should not be one of them! I know I’ve said this a million times, but they should be fun! Since most of my outdoor locations are green spaces and fields, it should be like a day at the park with your family.
Watch your expectations. Do you have a serious baby? If so he or she may not smile, and that’s ok, It’s their personality. We may get other really cute expressions. If we stare at baby and work on getting a smile that doesn’t come, we will miss all of the other cute things that he or she does. Do you have a shy child? It may take time to warm up. Just because you are in front of the camera does not mean they are going to be any different. Embrace being you and let your family shine! Let me and the camera doe the rest.
Do you have a pet that you would like included in your photos? It doesn’t matter what type of photo shoot you are having. If you have a pet and would like your pet included in the photo shoot we would be happy to include them. We are very pet friendly and love photographing animals as well.