Tips & Tricks for a Fun Family Photo Session | Family Photographer Roseville Alisha Cole of Colehearted Photography guides you through a the ins and outs of having a fun session full of memories!
BRING A SNACK
Feed the kids a non-messy snack before the session, blue suckers are not a good choice hahahah, save those for after as a reward. I am not above bribes! If you need to bribe as we shoot lets do it! I also always carry stickers as a fun little trick to keep the kiddos happy and engaged.
LENGTH OF SESSION
The good news is, I am super fast! My sessions rarely last more than an hour. Don’t worry, I can easily get a diverse and amazing gallery in that time.
LEAVE YOUR BELONGINGS
Be sure to take cell phones out of pockets, sunglasses off, hair ties off of wrists, and we are usually in the wilderness so it is best to leave your handbag in the car so you don’t have to set it down and worry about it.
FOLLOW YOUR CHILDS LEAD
We don’t need to rush into any shots that your child is not ready for. I want them to be able warm up to me and I know that takes a bit of time, so we usually start out with family poses of hugging and holding. Then I act like a crazy camera lady and say and do silly things to get their attention while getting them to let me in a bit. By the end of our session we will be laughing and high fiving and I will have gotten all the posed and unposed shots we need! Believe me I have four kiddos of my own, so I have literally seen and heard everything you can think of… so don’t stress, we got this!
ENGAGE YOUR CHILD IN ACTIVITY
We will get a great combination of posed and unposed shots, but I want you to look back at these photos and remember this age and time in your sweet little ones life. They will never be this age again, so when you look back at these photos I want you to remember a genuine time of laughing, eskimo kisses, tickles, running, ring around the rosie, and interacting with your babes… this goes for bigger kids too, I am not above making them run and laugh! No need to worry about the perfect shot… I will get it and most likely your favorite one will be the one that your baby is looking at you like you are their whole world.
PROPS, PUPPIES, ETC
If you’re wondering about how you can make your experience personal and memorable, feel free to bring along any props that are special to you. I want your session to scream YOU, so if that means bringing your four legged friend along or props that tell your story, please do! We can incorporate them into your photos in a fun way! Whatever you want in your photos, I’ll do my best to make it happen!
FUN IS NOT AN OPTION!
This shoot will be full-on fun, complete with laughs, hugs, play time, and plenty of tickling. There’s no manufacturing a good time; when you are with loved ones, exuberance and spontaneity take over for the most natural, exciting images.
Tips & Tricks for a Fun Family Photo Session | Family Photographer Roseville
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Alisha Cole is a photographer based in the Greater Sacramento Area, serving Northern California for all your photography needs. She specializes in family, graduates, and maternity photography. Contact Alisha today!
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