Ok parents, this one is for you.
Remember that YOU are in the picture too. So often moms and dads are pulling out all the stops in order to get their baby to smile, and they forget that those baby-belly-laugh inducing silly faces are going to be in the picture too! I’m not saying you can’t make silly faces…just remember to alternate silly faces with normal smiles, or even laughs (laughing in photographs=photography magic). The last thing we want is for you to be making the “tickle monster” face in every. single. shot.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are times when little ones aren’t, shall we say, “cooperating” as much as we wish they would. Nothing ruins a family picture faster than “the mom look”. I know you know what I am talking about…pursed lips, sucked in cheeks, narrowed eyes… the look that tells your child (without saying a word) just how displeased you are with their behavior.
I KNOW it can be frustrating when your child is not following directions. But, little Johnny acting like a 2-year-old won’t necessarily ruin a picture. In fact, sometimes a kid being a kid creates the images that will tug at your heart strings (see my last post). But, do you know what is sure to ruin the picture, frustrated parents. No mom is going to frame a picture with her frowning in it! It’s not cute. You know what is cute? Laughing. It is one of my favorite things to photograph. So, if your kids aren’t behaving exactly like you were hoping, take a “fake it til ya make it” attitude and just laugh and play with them.
This is one of my favorite families to photograph, because I know that we are going to laugh throughout the entire session. There is no stress...just fun!
Feeling nervous about being in front of the camera? I want to share some images from a session I did last fall. The mom and dad were adorable throughout the session. An absolute dream to photograph. They just looked SO natural! I complimented the dad after we finished on what a truly great job they had done, and he told me that he had convinced himself before the session that he was going to do his very best to pretend there wasn’t a camera, and just be in the moment with his wife and family. Yasssssss!
I know it can be difficult to be in front of a camera, but here is another great opportunity for the “fake it til ya make it” mantra. Take a deep breath and channel your inner Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (or insert favorite movie couple here) and have fun with it!