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WHEN YOUR KIDS AREN’T COOPERATING DURING YOUR PHOTO SESSION

Anthea Van Wyk, Founder & Photographer, Calendar Events Photography

20 September 2019

I see you on the other side of the screen. You are scrolling through pictures of other people’s kids, wishing that yours would sit still for just a moment so you can get a picture that resembles something close to the one you found on the internet!

You are stressed out because you have scheduled a photo session for updated pictures and now you are afraid your kids are going to not listen to instructions, or fear of having a photo gallery filled with cheesy grins or serious, grumpy faces.

I totally understand…

Parents have a tendency to thank me at the end of their photo session for being patient and interacting well with their children. I respond with a smile while saying “You’re welcome! They were so much fun!”

And I mean it.

Honestly, that is just who I am. I am a mom myself and have loads of energy and patients with kids. And to be totally honest with you, I prefer photographing kids than what I do photographing adults. I know that kids will be kids and I expect them to be uncooperative at some point during our session! I have seen it all before, from temper tantrums on the ground to running out of the room. It is going to happen and your child is not the only one, I promise.

My kids do it!

At the beginning of the session, I try to get a few posed photographs, but after that, I don’t focus on poses too much. Instead, I encourage you to interact and play with your children! I promise, this approach will lead to awesome photographs that represent your child’s personality and who your family is as a whole.

How To Get Kids To Behave For Photo Sessions

If your child doesn’t respond well to a suggestion I might have, that is okay! I would rather have smiling children, than tears because we tried to force them to ‘hug a tree’.

I encourage you to let them be wild as we take a playful approach for an hour. If we have to, we will play games, sing and dance. I’m so cool, I know all the words to Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and the Itsy Bitsy Spider! High five me!!

When all else fails, we will just wait for it. Children all have different personalities, just like adults. Some kids will meet me for the first time, and give me a hug like we have known each other their entire lives, while others take a little more time to warm up.

So, please, relax and don’t get angry if your child isn’t “cooperating”, Don’t get frustrated or raise your voice. Children feed off their parents’ energy; so if you get angry or upset, the session can get out of control pretty quickly.

I promise everything is going to be okay, so rather than stressing out, let’s spend our hour together having fun and saving memories!

Below is a picture of my two kids with their aunt and uncle… you see… it happens to me too.

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