3 Steps to a Relaxed Family Photo Shoot | Austin and Round Rock Family Photographer

Family photo shoots should be relaxed and fun.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen that way. The kids may be running around. One may be not quite awake from his nap while another is hungry. Mom and Dad might be worried about their kids behavior. Which can end up evolving into a stressful photo shoot.

Not to worry! I got you Mom and Dad!

Kids don’t always behave perfectly, and everyone is not always in the best moods for photo shoots. It’s ok. Trust me, as your photographer, to guide you through this photo shoot.

Here are 3 steps to help create a relaxed family photo shoot!

  1. Act like you’re relaxing at home or going to play in the park with your kids. Ask them questions: Who do you think would win in an arm wrestling competition, Superman or Batman? What happened on your favorite TV show? Talk about sports. Just talk to your family and kids; this way they’re more focused on you and less on smiling for a camera.

  2. If you’re uncomfortable, move. Feeling stiff or unnatural? Walk around. Swing your kids by their legs. Chase them around the field. Pick one up and pretend to drop them. Movement relaxes everyone and makes us feel more natural. The smiles with come out on their own.

  3. Show the love you have for your family! Tell that inside family joke no one gets but you! Stay connected with your family by holding hands, giving kisses and hugs, picking your kids ups, noogies (if you have boys like me!), headlocks or just giggling and laughing. As a photographer, I’m there to capture your family’s love for each other.

Family photo sessions are for your memories! I don’t want you leaving your session feeling relieved it’s over with or having successfully forced a smile. I want you relaxed and looking back seeing how much fun you had!

Let me tell your family’s story and capture your family’s memories just as you are.

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Austin Texas and Round Rock Texas Family Photographer-Emily Ingalls Photography-Pflugerville family photographer-Georgetown Texas family photographer
Austin Texas and Round Rock Texas Family Photographer-Emily Ingalls Photography-Pflugerville family photographer-Georgetown Texas family photographer
Austin Texas and Round Rock Texas Family Photographer-Emily Ingalls Photography-Pflugerville family photographer-Georgetown Texas family photographer
Austin Texas and Round Rock Texas Family Photographer-Emily Ingalls Photography-Pflugerville family photographer-Georgetown Texas family photographer
Austin Texas and Round Rock Texas Family Photographer-Emily Ingalls Photography-Pflugerville family photographer-Georgetown Texas family photographer
Austin Texas and Round Rock Texas Family Photographer-Emily Ingalls Photography-Pflugerville family photographer-Georgetown Texas family photographer
Austin Texas and Round Rock Texas Family Photographer-Emily Ingalls Photography-Pflugerville family photographer-Georgetown Texas family photographer

7 Tips to get kids to cooperate for a photo session!

It's that time of year!  Family photo time!

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Time to get the annual family photo session taken for your Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or whichever Holiday you and your family celebrate, so you can put it on your Holiday card and mail it off to family and friends in December.

Most parents love and dread having their family photo taken.  They love it because those photos create memories of how their kids (and themselves) look and acted that particular year.

But let's be real, it can be a tad stressful on Mom and Dad.  It’s tough coordination schedules, games. Then you have to find a photographer who’s work you love, book your the photo session, and gather outfits for the family.  Not to mention bribing, threatening, and begging the kids to behave, smile, and act nice during their photo session.

Sound familiar?

It's pretty common.  I can't tell you how many times I've had Moms and Dads stressing about how to get their kids to cooperate for their family photo.  And with four kids of my own, I completely understand and can relate!

So with the busy season of photography starting, I compiled a quick list to try and make everything go a bit more smoothly at your next family photo shoot.

  1. Make sure all your kids are well fed.  Yes, it sounds like their pets, but it works!  Kids who are hungry are generally not willing to cooperate.  Does the term hangry sounds familiar?  So make sure they eat a good meal or heavy snack before the photo session.

  2. Kids should be comfortable in the clothes they are wearing.  If that gorgeous shirt/dress/skirt itches and irritates your child's skin, it's going to show in the photos.  If your little girl doesn't normally wear a hair barrette or headband, but you want it on her for the photos, chances are she's going to constantly be playing with it or taking it off.  If you're kids are comfortable in their clothing, they'll be more relaxed and willing to cooperate.

  3. Bring snacks!  If you have young children, snacks are always a good motivator for them.  As a parent, I know I can feed my child a full meal and 30 minutes later they'll be hungry again.  It's normal.  So having non-messy snacks handy during a photo shoot works wonders!

  4. Talk to your kids before hand about your photo session.  Surprising your kids with a family photo session never goes over well.  Tell them what's going on and what to expect at the photo session.  If they know your expectations from the beginning, they're more likely to cooperate.

  5. Bribes and Rewards.  As a parent, I'm not above bribing my kids sometimes.  Is it ideal?  No.  Does it work? Heck yes!  Promising them ice cream or a special treat afterwards usually gets kids to cooperate better during a photo shoot.  My kids love Dum Dums (even the older ones), so I'll grab a handful and promise them one when we're done.

  6. Allow your children to smile naturally.  I can't tell you how many times I've had parents behind me tell their kids to say cheese.  Although their children smile, it's not natural.  It's my job as a photographer to photograph your kids natural expressions.  I promise I can do it even on a bad day.  Plus, they're natural smile is a lot more photogenic than a 'cheesy' smile.

  7. Just relax!  If you as a parent are tense, your children are going to feel it and be tense too.  Family photo sessions can be a lot of fun and interactive.  A good photographer will guide you naturally through your session and have fun as the same time.  Don't sweat it, I've got ya!

Although these suggestions are more of a guideline than hard rules, they'll help you and your family get through your Family Photo Session with ease.  Just enjoy the moment and allow us photographers to capture your families memories!

I still have a few spots available for Fall sessions. Email me at emilyingallsphotography@gmail.com or contact me here to book your photo session today!

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