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Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier

If you’re preparing for a photo session with your kids, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Portrait sessions with children can be challenging. The following tips should help make the day go easier for everyone.

Natural expressions - even if not a smile - still make for cherished portraits showing your child's personality.

Simon says "HUG YOUR SISTER!"

Don't make a huge deal out of it.

If you're stressed out and cranky, your kids will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Their behavior will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have to make some compromises - such as letting your energetic daughter's hair stay straight instead of curling it because she won't sit still. Focus on the big picture and don't sweat the small stuff.

Bubbles can bring fun to a portrait session with kids!

Make it fun.

Let the kids have a couple “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose or props. This way everyone wins. If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game. Simon Says usually works like a charm.

Be prepared.

If you're going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea. Bubbles work great to keep children engaged and smiling. If you are having your own photos taken as well, you may want to bring a babysitter or family member along to watch the kids.

Whether smiling or making a silly face, portraits of your children will be treasured!

Be patient.

Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from kids just doing their own thing. Work with your photographer and your photos will look fantastic.

Have a chat.

Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around your photographer and will also give your photographer a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.

If you have additional questions about how to make the most of a portrait session with your kids, let me know and I will be happy to assist you with additional tips.


Award-winning portrait photographer Shannon Edney's photos have been featured on multiple magazine covers with photos published in print and digital advertisements around the world. Based out of Missoula, Montana, Shannon specializes in portrait photography showcasing people, dogs, and horses (all breeds, with a focus on the Arabian horse). Shannon is known for her ability to catch the perfect expression and capture her subjects in unique lighting, resulting in portraits rich in artistry that will be treasured for years to come.

Please contact Shannon for schedule, availability and pricing.