How to get your kids to behave during your photoshoot... - Georgina Edwards Photography
Tunbridge Wells Photographer, Georgina Edwards Photography

You’ve booked your photo shoot. You know what to wear. The weather is looking gorgeous….now, if you could just find a way to ensure that the kids behave themselves?!

I don’t know about you, but whenever we’ve got dressed up as a family or we’re going somewhere ‘nice’, I worry about whether the kids are going to behave themselves. From chatting to my clients, I know this is the same for a lot of parents when they’re preparing for their photo shoot – keeping their fingers crossed like mad that the kids won’t embarrass them; offering all sorts of bribes in return for good behaviour!

But the great thing about an outdoor family photo session with me is that….it doesn’t matter! My whole ethos for your shoot is about going with the flow; reading individual personalities and adapting to the situation. Sometimes, your kids will be amazing posers and love the camera! Other times, they are nervous of new people and new situations and need a bit of time to come out of their shell.

If your children are in the pre-school age group, I can bring props such as a bubble machine and a squeaky toy to distract them. If you’ve got primary school aged kids, climbing trees, doing cartwheels and pulling funny faces really gets everyone relaxed and at ease in front of the camera. And then, if you’ve got awkward teenagers, that’s fine too! We can chat in advance about what they like to do and incorporate some of that into the shoot; I’ve also got a terrible repertoire of cheesy jokes to try and crack a smile on the most diffident or even recalcitrant teen!

The main thing to remember, is RELAX! We’re going to capture beautiful imagery of you as a family together. So, for a couple of hours, just enjoy someone else ordering the kids about !

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