Preparing for Your Photography Session

Preparing for your Photography Session

By Mary Christine Photography

The countdown is on to picture day, I hope you are just as excited as I am about your photography session! With all the excitement also comes some fears that things won’t go smoothly, so I wanted to get you a few tips on how to prepare your family for the big day!​

Let’s talk about some fears you may have.

If you are anything like me, one of your top concerns is your kiddo(s) behavior.  I get it, really, I do! When the pressure is on, kids know it.  So tell them in advance about the session.  Tell them my name, maybe show them a few photos from the website and a spot on the wall where you would like to hang their photo.  But most importantly, keep in positive!  You want them to be just as excited as you are for the photography session!  

Speaking of keeping it positive, please restrain from bribing your kids.  Let’s face it, we all love instant gratification (thank you, Amazon), kids especially!  So if they hear about getting ice cream, that’s all they are going to be thinking about.  After the photography session you can surprise them with a reward.

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It’s probably going to feel a little awkward.  

I’ve been a photographer for years, but every time I step on the other side of the lens, I feel terribly awkward!  It’s totally normal!  After all, we don’t snuggle our family members in a field with a stranger looking on every day. To add to that, the poses that look the best most likely will not feel natural.

Speaking of which, tell me anything you are worried about. 

Do you prefer one side to another?  Maybe you are worried about your arms (like me) or your chin (like my husband) either way, I’m on your team!  I want to make sure you look and feel your best, so please tell me what to look out for during your session!

If momma is happy, everyone will be happy.

We hear the phrase ‘If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody gonna be happy’ a lot (pardon the slang), but it’s so very true!  Our vibe affects our tribe, big time! If you feel stressed, your family will be too.  So get the outfits prepared ahead of time and then take a deep breath and leave the rest up to me.  Need help with outfits?  Please let me know!

Lastly, prepare for success.  

This may sound like common sense, but make sure you eat before coming and that your kids aren’t exhausted from a long day at the pool.  Plan for extra time getting ready so you aren’t rushing out the door to your photography session.

I hope these tips help!  

Once you show up for your photography session, please let me worry about your kiddos behavior. I know my little ones respond better to someone else than they do for me.  Being a former elementary school teacher, I have some tricks up my sleeve!

Looking for a photography session?  Please contact me today to chat about setting up yours!

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