How to PREPARE your KIDS for an UPCOMING PHOTOSHOOT!!!
As a photographer, I VALUE my time. Photoshoots are approximately 20% off the work I do on your finished product.
80% of my time is spent on processing your photos AFTER we meet so just like you, I want the photoshoot to go WELL and SEAMLESSLY and run ON-TIME.... however,
Showing up to a photoshoot with kids who have been crying and scolded to be on-time makes our photoshoot VERY challenging and recovering from their newfound "impression" of what this experience will be like is sometimes INSURMOUNTABLE.
I prefer for my clients to schedule a time... 4 o'clock for example with the understanding that they will CALL a half-hour before if they are running behind.
I would rather my clients be 15 minutes behind schedule due to a peaceful "getting ready" than have our photoshoot go an hour long because of unhappy kids.
Three things to do ON THE WAY to the photoshoot.
2. Practice saying "CHEESE" and reward their smiles with APPLAUSE and PRAISE!!! (Hopefully, you've been doing this for a week)
3. LISTEN to PEACEFUL, CALM, UPLIFTING MUSIC!!!!!!
2. REALIZE your EXPECTATIONS.
Here's a secret.... if your kids are between the ages of 1.5 years and 4 years old.... MOST of your shots will BE CANDIDS. Get over it. :)
These will show the REAL personality of your tender sweet kiddos... and IF we get the PERFECT shot of them smiling the way you hope they will... Consider it a BONUS.
4. REWARD REWARD REWARD!!!
Photos ARE NOT what kids think of as "FUN." They get to look at a big black machine in front of a nice ladies face... smile over and over at nothing when they would rather be playing or exploring the new and exciting place they are visiting.
Whatever "rewards" are for your kids, DO IT. Maybe it's ice cream cones on the way home, a new video game, going to a park to play, earning a new barbie doll or hotwheel... BUT PLEASE REWARD them for their co-operation, they DESERVE it--- and I promise you will be paving the way for any future sessions you have.
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