When you see those photo shoots of tightly swaddled newborns, angelically surrounded by flowers or faux fur, peacefully snoozing, as a parent, you might feel just a little in awe of a photographer that can capture such a moment. And while photographing infants takes a certain set of skills, photographing toddlers and young children can be even trickier. They run around, climb on things, wiggle and squirm, suddenly throw a tantrum for no apparent reason — if you’re a parent, you know the drill.
So what do you do once you decide it’s time, as a family, to get some new photos? If your child’s first photoshoot is coming up, here are some tips to keep handy.
Four Tips for Your Child’s First Photoshoot
1. Engage Your Child
If you’ve even tried to take a simple Christmas card photo, or just a snapshot during a fun outing, you already know that, unless your kid loves to turn on the charm for the camera, asking them to stand still and smile is futile. Instead of trying to pose a bunch of photos, engage your child in an activity and let them focus on that, versus the camera. The photographer will be able to shoot away, while you and your crew are playing, talking and being yourselves.
2. Let Your Children Be Themselves
Speaking of, let your children be themselves during a photoshoot. You’ll get much better photos if you’re (a) doing something your child likes and (b) in an environment that feels natural to them. In the instance of travel photography, if you know your child is easily frightened and upset by loud noises and crowded situations, choose a photoshoot location that’s away from tourist-heavy areas or loud traffic. Similarly, if you know your child is going to hate every second of their time in that dress you picked out, maybe opt for something they’ll like a little more.
3. Go Along with Your Child’s Schedule
When they haven’t had enough sleep, you can only expect the worst. Opt for a photoshoot time that fits your child’s schedule, either after they’ve woken up in the morning or after nap time. Definitely avoid trying to fit a pre-nap photoshoot into your schedule.
4. Bring Some Extras
Hey, spills and stains happen to the best of us. Make sure that you come to your photoshoot equipped with an extra shirt or hair tie or anything else you think might go awry from the time you leave your hotel or house until your photoshoot begins.
Looking for a little help planning your family’s first vacation photoshoot? A Local Lens photographer can guide you through this monumental “first,” no matter where you happen to be traveling.
All Photos Captured by Local Lens Photographer Natasha in London