Preparing Your Children For Portraits

Capturing beautiful family portraits can be a delightful memory, but it’s essential for preparing your children for portraits to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. As a Cleveland Family Photographer, I’ve gathered some helpful tips to help you and your little ones feel relaxed and ready for your session.

Preparing Your Children For Portraits

1. Work Around Nap Time Schedules

Planning your session around your child’s nap time can make a significant difference in their mood and cooperation during the session. Aim for a time when they are well-rested and most likely to be in good spirits. But if you are planned for an evening, sunset session – be sure to move their naps to later that day!

2. Bring Snacks and Comfort Items

Pack some snacks and comfort items, such as their favorite toys or blankets, to keep your children content and engaged throughout the session. These familiar items can provide a sense of security and help them feel more relaxed in front of the camera.

3. Make Sure They’re Fed Before the Session

A hungry child is likely to be cranky and less cooperative during a photoshoot. Ensure that your children are well-fed before arriving at the session to help keep their energy levels up and their mood positive.

4. Have Their Clothes On Before Arriving

To save time and minimize stress, have your children dressed in their photo-ready outfits before arriving at the session. This will eliminate any possible tantrums and make a smoother transition into the photography process.

5. Arrive Early to Get Acclimated

Arriving early gives your children time to get acclimated to the session location and familiarize themselves with their surroundings. This can help alleviate any anxiety or nervousness they may feel and allows for a more relaxed and natural experience.

6. Communicate Expectations in a Positive Manner

Before the session, communicate with your children about what to expect in a positive and encouraging manner. Let them know that the photoshoot will be a fun and exciting experience where they get to show off their smiles and personality. Too, bribery for a special treat (maybe ice cream?) afterwards can help as well!

7. Embrace Flexibility

Despite your best efforts to prepare, it’s essential to remain flexible and go with the flow during the session. Children can be unpredictable, and sometimes the most candid and genuine moments happen when we least expect them.

By following these tips and preparing your children for portraits, you can ensure a successful and enjoyable experience for the whole family.

Brittany Serowski Photography is a Cleveland Newborn & Family photographer specializing in a joyful & pleasant portrait experience for sincere mothers looking to capture their legacy with tender, timeless portraits. Serving mothers in Cleveland & the surrounding areas; Bay Village, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Shaker Heights, Chagrin Falls and beyond. All motherhood sessions include pre-session online consultations for portrait preparation & style assistance, a curated guide for preparing & making the most of your session, portrait coverage on location at my exclusive scouted areas & high resolution edited digitals portraits delivered in an online gallery.

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