June 17, 2023

Tips for camera shy kiddos!

Photo Tips & Tricks

Not every child is rearing to meet new people and pose in front of a camera. This doesn’t mean you can’t schedule a family photo session with a professional photographer though. In fact, a family photo session is one of the best ways to get your child to feel more comfortable around other people.

Here is what you should know

Your Photographer Has the Necessary Experience

Chances are, your photographer has worked with many different families – some with outgoing children, some with shy children. They understand how to get children to open up and it starts with not pressuring them. A family photo session is relaxed and involves spending time with your child. Your photographer is simply there to give some general guidance and do what they do best.

What’s more remote family sessions are DONE remotely! You will be all together in your own environment, giving your child the chance to relax and warm up to the idea of smiling, making faces, posing, sitting still for a minute.

Play and Fun are a Big Part of It

Keeping in mind remote sessions can be done from anywhere.... many family photo sessions take place at home or in a place like a park. This means your child gets the chance to explore and have some fun. After a while, your child will barely remember there’s a specific reason for this adventure! Plus, you get to enjoy making some fun memories that you can look back on for years thereafter.

Portraits are Not a Must

Family sessions traditionally include portraits, but this is not a must. If you want your child to feel comfortable in front of the camera, you are going to need to make some compromises. Telling a shy child that they don’t need to stand and pose if they don't want to, makes them far more willing to play along for the shoot. Think of this more as a family outing than anything else.

To ensure everything goes smoothly, take your time to find the right photographer. Bring the fact that your child is shy to their attention so that they can plan accordingly. Whatever you do, don’t skip out on a family photoshoot because you are afraid your child won’t enjoy it. There is always a way to make it work so that you can print those beautiful memories for your home. <3

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