When you’ve hired a San Jose family photographers or a portrait photographers to take photos of your little one, there are a few things you can do to make sure your children are well-prepared for the experience. As any parent already knows, sometimes it can be really difficult to get your child (or children) to stay still long enough to pose for one picture, let alone dozens. If you follow a few simple rules though, you’ll have a happier child, better pictures and plenty of them!
1: For children under the age of 6, one of the most important things to do is to make sure they’ve had a nap before the photo-shoot. Even if they don’t normally sleep during the day, in this case, make an exception. A tired kid is usually an impatient and cranky kid. Difficult enough for a parent to deal with; nearly impossible for a photographer to manage.
2: Feed your children first and have food ready in case they need a snack during the photo-shoot. For kids of any age (and lots of adults too), a full stomach makes a lot of difference to improving a mood and improving the ability to focus for more than a minute or two.
3: Don’t give your kid food or drinks that are proven hyper-energy boosters… No sugar and no caffeine before or during the shoot! This means no pop, nothing with ketchup, no sugary cereals, no cookies and so on. Hyper kids are even more difficult to photograph than tired or cranky kids.
4: Be sure to explain clearly to your children about the photo-shoot before you even meet up with your photographer. Tell them the photographer’s name; explain what will be happening and why the pictures are being taken. Very important to explain, is that they need to listen to what the photographer is asking them to do. (Such as how to pose, or to look at the camera or to hold still, etc.)
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