We at 20th Street Studios in St. Louis, Missouri, thought it would be the perfect time to share some tips on how to make those photo sessions with kids a breeze, what with the holidays just around the corner and our Lifestyle studio decked out in festive decor! Working with little ones during family photoshoots can be quite the adventure, but fear not family photographers! We’ve got some tricks up our sleeves to make it a bit easier for you to photograph children.
1. Embrace the Goofiness
First, when it comes to photo sessions with kids, throwing seriousness out the window is the name of the game. Basically, we encourage you to embrace your inner goofball, pull out those dad jokes, and be ready to strike a pose with a rubber chicken if that’s what it takes to crack a smile. Essentially, the more laughs, the merrier the shoot!
2. Harness the Power of Snacks
Next, we all know the magic of snacks. A well-timed gummy bear or a cookie from a local bakery like Cake House Design St. Louis can work wonders in turning those frowns upside down. Make sure you’ve got a stash of these tiny bribes to keep your pint-sized models happy and content throughout the kid-friendly photo session. Pro tip: have some for yourself too — who says adults can’t indulge in a little bribery? Oh, and don’t forget the wet ones wipes for those sticky hands and faces after snack time!
3. Perfect Timing is Key
Let’s be real, nobody wants a hangry toddler on their hands during a family photoshoot. Choose a time when those little energy balls are at their peak cuteness. Mornings often work like a charm when the tiny humans are fresh and full of beans. Trust us, a well-rested munchkin equals a happy photo shoot for all! Also, remember to bring their favorite lovey or toy for that added comfort and cuteness.
4. Quick Change, Quick Save
And oh, a quick change right after arrival can save you from any last-minute messes or blowouts — a life-saving hack, trust us! It’s a simple move that can spare you from potential photo shoot disasters and keep the mood light and stress-free. Yes, 20th Street Studios has a clean, private restroom for you to help them change into those cute outfits before the family photoshoot starts.
5. Let the Play Begin
Also, to keep those little ones engaged, bring on the props and get playful. From colorful balloons to funky hats or even their favorite toys, these can be your secret weapons to hold their attention and capture those adorable, candid moments effortlessly during your family photoshoot.
6. Team Up with Parents
Essentially, parents are the ultimate MVPs in the world of kiddie photography. Get them on board during the photo session with kids, and make them part of the action. Not only does it ease any separation anxiety, but it also adds an extra touch of love and comfort, leading to some heart-melting family moments frozen in time.
So, armed with these tips, go forth and conquer those kiddie shoots like a pro! Remember, it’s all about embracing the chaos and enjoying every giggly, messy, and utterly delightful moment.
Are you a family photographer in St. Louis wanting to host holiday family mini sessions? Here’s the link to book our Lifestyle Studio space, with the holiday decor at no additional cost.
Wishing you all a joyous and picture-perfect holiday season and flawless photo sessions with kids!
If you’re a wedding, boudoir, or brand photographer, 20th Street Studio’s Lifestyle Studio could still be a beautiful place to capture some holiday magic!