Family Portraits

How to Get your Kids to Behave for Photographs

July 26, 2016

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These beautiful girls are my little muses.  I take a ton of pictures of Lucy and Fiona (mostly with my iPhone these days), but it’s been a while since I made beautiful portraits of them.  They were up for playing a little dress up, and just playing in general, for our session.  If it feels less like something I’m making them do, and more like something they get to do, they are much more open to the idea!

Sometimes it’s nice to just capture our children, instead of a whole family for a portrait session.  It makes it special for them – for all of the focus to be on them and their relationship.

Imagine your own kids- what would they have fun doing?  Now imagine beautiful portraits of them, having fun, genuine moments together, hanging on your wall.  Win win.

How do you get your kids to behave for photographs?  Here’s a few tips.

  1. Bribe them with treats.  After the session is over, take them for ice cream.  Consider it making more happy memories!
  2. Let them have fun with it!  My girls were excited to help choose what they would wear, and explore in the “magic forest.”
  3. Consider your family’s schedule.  Well-fed and well-rested children behave so much better.
  4. Let them be silly!  Let them play!  They don’t have to smile for the camera, or look at the camera in every picture.

Basically, make it fun for them!



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