What if my Kids Misbehave During our Photo Session?

One of the number one questions I get asked when chatting with clients is what happens if my kids misbehave during our photo session. Having been in front of the camera with my own family, I totally understand how this is a major concern since we are investing a lot of time and money into the session. We all want it to go well and get great images.

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But I’ll let you in on a little secret: kids are seldom little perfect angels during the whole session. That’s part of what makes them kids. They don’t have the maturity, patience, nor the same level of concern about family photos as their parents do.

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That’s one reason I LOVE photographing kids. They are unpredictable. They don’t have filters. They let their personalities and good/bad/ugly emotions shine through, whether you like it or not. (Every single image in this post involves a child that was mis-behaving, crying, or melting down.) But that’s what makes the session real, folks! Having been a family photographer for well over a decade, I can guarantee you a couple things:

1. The meltdown won’t last forever

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2. I have lots of tricks up my sleeve to ensure your session goes well

That’s a photographer’s job is to know how to work through common little issues during a session, take charge, and get great consistent images every time.

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3. There are gorgeous ways to photograph through a rough patch

This could be through games, distraction, posing techniques, and more. Again, your photographer should know how to photograph any moment beautifully, or when to set down the camera to offer up a short break.

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4. You will look back on all the photos, including the real candid ones and love them.

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