This family of 3 loves laughing, tickle fits and racing one another. We started in the house as unusual spending some time getting cozy in-home photos, fur babies included before we moved outside for full-blown fun.
Relaxing and having fun during a family session used to be unheard of but gone are those days where a family has to sit correctly in front of the camera with plastered smiles. Despite knowing we don't want those cheesy photos inevitably the moment we see the camera, we paste the smile on and we are ready!
I get it; I do the same thing when I see the camera so I have come up with three tips you can use to prep yourself for a fun, relaxed family session.
Tip #1 You don't have to look at the camera unless I tell you!
The moment the camera comes up, we tend to think we need to look at the camera and smile.
Candid family photography is about being in the moment with your family. When you need to look at the camera, the photographer will tell you. So when you get ready for your session remember you don't have to look unless I tell you!
Tip #2 Stay in the moment and enjoy what's unfolding around you.
My favorite thing to tell my clients is to stay in the moment. Your photos are meant to make you feel something they're not intended to be just pretty pictures.
Tip #3 Prepare yourself for your kids to act like they just ate a whole bag of candy after Halloween.
I don't know what it is about the experience, but the moment we get started kids can get pretty crazy!
Sometimes their tickle feels like a scratch, and their hug is like a crush, but they're enjoying themselves, and it makes for excellent pictures so buckle up and enjoy the ride.