What to expect for your family session with young ones:

5 secrets to a successful family photoshoot with littles.

Tip #1 - You know your child(ren) best.

If you know your oldest is headstrong and doesn't like photos, let your photographer know. If you know your two youngest aren't great listeners, communicate that beforehand so the photographer knows what to expect, but keep in mind that the photographer you hired has worked with all types of families and may have some tricks up their sleeve.

Tip #2 - Be flexible!

Know that if you feel stressed, your kids will feel it that. Try to relax and have fun, take the pressure of! If one kid is tired of photos, take photos with the others and let them cool off. If one kid is wanting to take photos with their toy, take photos with and without their toy as a bargain. Working WITH your kids personalities has greater benefits when you are short on time.

"Working WITH your kids personalities has greater benefits when you are short on time."

Tip #3 - Be prepared.

Whether it is snacks, a nap beforehand, or bringing your child's favorite toy, make sure you bring everything to the photoshoot, ESPECIALLY extra clothes.

Tip #4 - Book a 30 minute- 1 hour photoshoot.

On average, young kids last 45 minutes during a photoshoot, so 30 minutes to an hour is the perfect time! You may also have time to take photos of just you and your significant other.

Tip #5 - Finish strong

Lets say the photo session didn't go the way you had wanted, or your kids didn't cooperate. I promise not all is lost! There have been so many times where a parent felt to apologize a million times, HOWEVER, I was always able to capture the moments that really matter.

Anything else?

I know getting photos done as a young family can be intimidating, nerve-racking, and full of surprises, so I hope this blog was helpful! If you have any tips, feel free to share in the comments below!

Interested in a family session with me? Contact me at virginiagracephoto@gmail.com

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