Orange County Children's Photography Tips: Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that sometimes children can be unpredictable when it comes to photography sessions, here are some helpful tips to make your family photography session the best it can be!
Maybe your children are nervous, anxious or just having an "off" day. It happens, and rest assured we are able to handle just about any situation. That's why we are experts in children's / kids photography.
Here are some things that you can do to help ensure a smooth and happy photography session for your child, so please read our suggestions below for a really fun and successful family photography session.
If your child is shy, please be patient. We give them as much time as they (not you, or I) need to warm up to me and my camera. It is very rare that even the most apprehensive child doesn’t become my buddy after 20-30 minutes. Eager to please, many parents urge their child(ren) on, and this rarely ever helps. Relax and allow us to create a bond with your child at their own pace. If you give us a little space to work with your child, they will realize that they don't need to “perform” for you with us and they'll be much more at ease.
Please do not answer for your child when we ask him or her a question. We try to bond with them by getting them to talk to us. Often times, we will reach out to “test” your child(ren) to see how they will respond. Depending on their reaction (if they reach back to hold a hand/finger), we will know how to proceed. We like to take time to get to know your child and let them get used to us before we start shooting.
Please, please, please do not tell your child(ren) to “smile” or say "cheese." That’s our job. Besides, “cheese” or “smile” is almost always produces a fake or forced smile. We will get your child(ren) to smile by other creative measures that create more genuine smiles. We've been known to do goofy faces, tell funny stories, talk about their interests, etc…you know, kid stuff!! We’re great at kid stuff (we’re kids at heart)!
We encourage any ideas or props in your session, so have fun with it and get creative! Many parents bring in 1-3 outfits and various accessories such as hats, scarves and jewelry. However, it’s important to keep in mind that changing multiple outfits on younger children usually changes their mood too. We recommend keeping it simple for the younger subjects. They grow up so fast!