It starts with the approach. I used to think that a photo session was "everyone look at the camera and smile". You probably thinking the same or at least similar. So how does a regular session becomes lifestyle? Thats easy. Add fun and don't. over. think. it.⠀⠀⠀⠀
Now let me explain all that. Every single parent out there, including myself, wants that photo where everybody is looking in the camera - and at the same time acting like they are enjoying this moment of glaring into a circularly square object and behaving like they are on cloud nine. Reality, however, is usually far from that.
When Ethan is running off in a different direction, and Emma doesn’t want anything to do with the photographer even looking in her direction, how the heck do you make photos fun? (If you haven’t caught on yet, those are my kids names because #reallife). Well, this is where it is simple. When I’ve got a bunch of kids who would much rather be anywhere else but in front of my camera - I just let them be.
I’m gonna say it again for people in the back. Just. Let. Them. Be.
So… we warm up to each other. Start up a conversation - ask them about the toy they have with them, or ask them what’s the silliest noise they can make. Trust me, they want to tell you.
Most importantly - parents, this one is for you - make sure YOU are having fun. Thats what makes these sessions not your regular photo sessions.
Kids feed off your energy like it’s their job. Have fun, be goofy with them. Chase them into that tall grass that you just told them not to go into. Because believe me, those are the photos that you are going to look back and smile at the most. Those are the photos that are going to take you back to that very same second. And those photos are the ones that most likely will be your favorites, not the forced, everyone look at the camera and “cheese”.
And don’t worry - I always manage to get that perfect portrait photo too.