I decided I needed to practice what I preach. Well- more. I have had my own photo shoots in the past with various local photographers, but it was definitely time to update the walls.
Last month, I asked my good friend Bronnie to capture my family in an outdoor setting. It's always odd for me being in front of the camera instead of behind it, but Bron made it so easy. We laughed, we played, we tickled and ran.
I wanted to share some of my favourite images from my session as well as offer some tips that helped me- from a client perspective.
A HUGGEEEE thank you to my beautiful girl Bronwyn for these priceless images! Go check out her website here
1. Don't prepare them to "smile". I can instantly tell the children who are told "make sure you smile at the camera" - And yes, it is beautiful when I capture an authentic smile but a clenched teeth grin isn't the same thing. Sure, absolutely prepare them- tell them your friend Lauren is going to take some photos whilst you play and tickle and run around together. Tell them she will likely dance, make silly faces and run along too. Then on the day, let me work my magic. I don't need you to tell them to look at me. If I want them, or you to look at me, I will tell you to.
2. Try their clothes on well before the shoot. Not only do you want to make sure the clothes do indeed fit, if you have a child like my middle one, you may find it a struggle to get him to wear anything new. I got the boys to try their 'special photo clothes' when they first arrived, then every week up until our session. I know for sure this helped on the day.
3. Ask for help. Getting 3 kids under 4 ready to go anywhere is fun enough, let alone to a photography session where you want everyone looking smart (& clean). If you have anyone that can offer a hand- even if it's just to watch the kids whilst you get ready, ask them beforehand to help.
4. Encourage the littles to have a sleep. If you're fortunate enough to be stuck in that in-between stage like I am- you know, where kids think they are fine without a day sleep but still actually needing it- try to encourage a little nap or at the very least, a relax/quiet time. I found it works best when they are active in the mornings and encouraged to sleep a bit later than usual. - But don't stress if they don't. We will make the session fun enough to keep them entertained the entire time.
5. Feed them babies! I always tell my clients to make sure their child is well fed before their session precedes and to bring non sticky/messy food along to the session. My middle child especially NEEDS food or else he turns into one 'Hangry' beast, so we ensured to stock him up on Low GI foods before our session started.
6. Bring spare clothes. Although we didn't need them last week, we brought along a spare outfit for my little girl as well as one set for my twins. You never know which kid will jump into the muddy puddle (first).
7. Bring wipes. Kids get dirty - they seem to magically collect dirt on their face every 10 minutes whilst outdoors & you will be surprised just how much the camera picks up.
8. Don't stress the small stuff. Choose your battles wisely. Our oldest can get a little carried away when he's excited & we would usually try to tone it down. During the session we had planned to just let it go & (just as it usually turns out,) it made for some great moments. - Discipline can (and did) commence again post session.
9. Please don't stand behind me to get their attention- not unless I ask. This happens so often. I get it- I do it too- you want to help. You want to make sure you get them looking at the camera. The problem is, they aren't looking at the camera when you're behind me. They are looking at you. Sometimes- very rarely, I may get you to stand behind me but try keep to the side otherwise.
10. Bring along some of their favourite toys. We brought along the boys' basketballs but you can bring anything you like. I know I will love looking back and seeing them playing with these balls, remembering how obsessed they are with them ever since they watched their cousin play at the stadium.
I love capturing this moment in your life, exactly how it is - they won't last forever.
Ok, I know I said 10, but i sometimes get carried away...
11. HAVE FUN!
Above all else, you want to have fun. You want your children to look back on these images and remember what a great time you all had. You want to hear the giggles when you see that shot of dad throwing up your little one high into the sky. Don't focus on the session being about getting the right photo, but more about creating a memorable time for your kids & self.
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