Would you believe me if I said all of these images took place in less than 30 minutes? This session was a mini session, meaning we only shot for roughly 15 minutes. Trust me, all I need is 15 minutes especially when everyone is prepared. Getting the perfect family photo does not need to take all day, and who would want it to? After a short amount of time, even the most relaxed kiddos start to become agitated. If you are planning on booking a mini session there are some things you can do to ensure that you get just as many amazing images as this lovely family.
Try to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Let everyone get unloaded, get the wiggles out, and allow time to fix outfits and hair. Make sure that everyone had a good solid meal before arriving, a hungry kiddo is not going to want to smile. Try your best to plan around nap times or adjust naps if possible. Save the sugar for after the session! It may perk them up quickly before but the crash will be real during your session.
Kids can be unpredictable (as if we didn’t already know that) but taking a few of these things into consideration before your session can help set everyone up for success and make family pictures something everyone looks forward to each year.