Best Tips for Family Photos | How to have a successful family photo session with little kid

Toddler girl is laughing on a flower field while her big sister and parents stand in the same field'

Best Tips for Family Photos | How to have a successful family photo session with little kid(s)

As a mom of three little ones, I totally get if you are feeling stressed about having a successful family photo session with your wild kids. But believe me, it is not a hard thing to do once you know how to prepare for your family session. This blog will give you the best tips for a successful family photoshoot and help you prepare for your session so that you can have the most stress-free relaxed photo session possible. These tips are helpful for any type of family session, but they are especially useful especially for lifestyle photography. The most important thing to remember is why you are getting photos done. 

Mom and her daughter are sitting on a flower field. Mom is touching her girl's hair and the little girl is sniffing a flower Family of four walking in a flower field in golden light while the sun is setting

Remember the reasons why you want family photos 

Since you are here, I’m assuming you are planning on hiring a professional photographer to take your family photos. I’m also assuming that you want to do so because you want to remember how your family was at this stage of your life. You want to remember how your little one giggles, holds your hand, makes silly faces, and gives you kisses. You want to capture authentic moments that you share with your children, partner, and other family members.

So why are you worried about how your kids will behave during a photo session? If you want to capture authentic moments, let your kids be your kids. 

If this sounds like what you are looking for, make sure to find a photographer who knows how to lead sessions with this view and value messy, authentic, beautiful moments. With the lifestyle photography approach, your kids don’t have to be sit still and look at the camera and say “cheese”. 

Let kids be kids

The next tips for successful family photoshoot is about your kid(s).When it comes to your session day, it’s all about creating beautiful memories with your little ones and capturing those precious and authentic moments in gorgeous photographs. So, as you’re in the midst of it all, keep that bright smile on your face, even if things aren’t going exactly as planned and you’re feeling a bit frazzled inside.

Remember, a happy mom, happy kids. No matter what little hiccups come our way, let’s not allow those meltdowns to dampen the joy of the moment. I know it can be tough not to react, but let’s keep in mind that our session isn’t the best time for disciplinary actions. Instead, let’s keep the positivity flowing, sprinkle in some laughter, and help our little ones shake off any frustration they may be feeling.

Now, I’m not suggesting we let them run wild, but maybe a little dirt play or some harmless bed-jumping won’t hurt, right? Instead of punishment, we can opt for a round of tickles. And if things start to veer off track, let’s try steering them back with a fun game, a silly raspberry, or a catchy tune – these tend to work wonders!

So, let’s take a deep breath, go with the flow, and embrace the chaos, we’re creating memories that will warm our hearts for years to come. Just trust that your photos will turn out those happy family images filled with laughter and love. 

Family of four is playing tag in flower field in Portland, OR

Preparing Your Kids

  • Let your kiddos know that we’ve got a special friend popping by with her camera to capture some fun moments while we play together.
  • Take a deep breath and relax – the shoot is all about enjoying the moment. Kids are like little sponges, they pick up on our vibes, so let’s keep the atmosphere calm and cheerful. Oh, and your little one can sense your vibes too, so let’s keep it zen for them as well.
  • No need for any pre-shoot pep talks! We’re just here to have a good time, like hanging out with pals. So, let’s skip the pressure and simply enjoy each other’s company.
  • While bribes might seem tempting, let’s steer clear of them. From my experience, promising rewards can lead to a countdown clock in the minds of kiddos, making the session feel like a waiting game. Let’s keep it spontaneous and fun!
  • Don’t forget to fuel up before the session! Hungry kiddos are a handful, so let’s make sure everyone’s tummies are happy and ready for some photo-ready fun. It might also a good idea to pack some snack for your photo session in case your little one needs some break. Just make sure they are messy-free snack such as Cheerios or baby puffs.

Relax and Enjoy the Time Together

Most importantly, I want you to have not only the beautiful photos you receive after the session, but also the memories that you spent with your family during the session. 

By looking at the photos, I want you to remember the the fun time you spent and feel the joy that you shared with your family. Letting little things go, being present, and having fun! That shouldn’t be hard because I know you do that with your kids at home.

Dad is holding his baby and mom is holding her daughters' hands while walking on a flower field Mom is standing and holding her toddler girl while dad is holding his baby girl in the background

Family photoshoot tips

Well, there you have it! Now you don’t need to worry about your wild kids before and during your photo session! You and your kids just need to be your selves and have a great time together. That’s all you need to do. Yes, it’s that simple!

I hope you enjoyed reading this! Did you like what I talked here and feel like we are a good fit? If you are interested in a session with me, contact me by filling out my contact form. I’d love to make magic and create memories with you and your family!

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Little baby girl playing on a blanket and her big sister is picking white daisies