Tips for your family photos…

It’s that time of year again where you start to get that crazy idea of trying get all the kids to behave (not to mention getting your husband to behave) and trying to get everyone to smile at the same time so you have some cute pictures to put on the Christmas card. You spend hours shopping for the perfect outfits for each of your family members. You get your hair and make up done. You show up to your shoot…and you’re kids start acting…well…like kids. Just like that your vision of a happy family on the front of a card is gone. One kid is crying, the other one is drawing on the kid that is crying, your husband is checking his fantasy team score on his phone, and you’re stressed and yelling at your kids to behave.

Sound like last year? Here are just a couple of tips for you when you schedule your family photo session…

Bribe your kids – Yep…normally bribery is a bad thing landing you in jail…but it never hurts to bribe your kids a little for the shoot. Candy, slurpees, money, iPads…whatever you want. (Smarties are good because they are small, plenty of them in one pack, and not messy.)

Scheduling time is important – Simple enough…if you know your kids usually nap at 2pm and get grumpy around that time…don’t schedule your shoot for that time. Equally important, if your husband’s favorite sports team is playing…don’t schedule it during the game… 🙂 (husbands, you’re welcome for that one)

Relax & Have Fun – Your kids will pick up on your mood. If you’re stressing all about the shoot…kids tend to pick up on your tenseness. If your mood is light, relaxed and fun, it’s more likely they will do the same.

Hope for the best… If everything goes perfectly, great! BUT…if your kid that always cries starts to cry…embrace it. Family photos are all about capturing your family in it’s current state. When you look back it will give you something to laugh about. Below is a shoot I did for my friends, Jordan & Katelyn. We had this Mad Men themed shoot in mind. Katelyn styled the family & the set, I got the lighting all set, fired off a couple of pictures, and then Riggins starts crying like crazy. However, it turns out that this is one of the favorites from the session…

This picture was taken as Georgia was having a melt down…comforted by mom…

Georgia was tired & cranky…but Kurt & Cheyenne kept things light and relaxed and we got this sweet picture…

So…in summary…Have fun with your family photos. Family is such a blessing…even if the kids are crying…

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