Have a family and want to take some updated photos? Are you worried about your kids behaving for a long period of time? You should definitely consider a mini session. My mini sessions are perfect for families, especially those with young kids. Each family mini session lasts 25 minutes and you walk away with 25 images.
If you are interested in doing a mini session or have one already scheduled, keep reading for my top tips on how to prepare and keep your kids happy during the session.
Tips to Keep Kids Happy
Make Sure They Are Fed - As adults, we all know what we’re capable of when we’re hangry, but a hangry kid? Oof. Do yourself a favor and make sure their tummies are full!
Well Rested - When booking your session, consider the time of day it is and how that fits into napping, wakeup, bedtime schedules. Just like a hangry kid, a tired kid is just as sensitive and irritable.
Comfortable Clothing - I know you want those Pinterest Inspired photos, but if you and your family aren’t comfortable in the clothes, then it’s time to rethink. Make sure you’re choosing clothes that everyone will feel good in. The more comfortable you are, the better your photos will be.
Bribery - While some people disagree with this, I am a firm believer that a promise of M&Ms or gummy worms will always bring a smile to your kid’s face. Don’t just promise, but have them with you during the session. Kids can be impatient and might need that instant satisfaction.
Give Them Time - I have never met a kid that enjoys being rushed. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready, drive to your session, and do the finishing touches before it’s picture time.
Rain, Shine, Snow, or Sleet - Doing pictures in the fall or winter? Besides having warm clothes, maybe bring a blanket or two as well. I don’t know about you, but I do not enjoy standing in the cold waiting for whatever comes next. Warm weather photos? Bring sunglasses or umbrellas to keep everyone cool and comfortable.
When in doubt… above anything else, if you doubt the time of session, the clothes you’ve picked out, or the location, it’s better to step back and evaluate than to walk into a session you’re already worried about. Reach out and let me know what you’re concerned about and we will find a solution!
I’ve done more mini family sessions this year than ever before and I love it! They’re quick, easy, and put less pressure on my clients, not to mention they’re cheaper than a full 60 minute session. If there are certain poses you want, don’t hesitate to let me know. These are your pictures and I want them to be amazing! You’re welcome to browse my blog and portfolio for inspiration.
Let’s make some memories!