Now, you may be thinking, how should I prepare myself and my family for this photo session? I want to make sure everyone is at their best and the kids behave!…. this is our family portrait! This is going to be our Christmas card this year! What can I do to prepare everyone? What if one of my children become sick, or even me! Have you ever heard the term “failing to plan is planning to fail”? Beautiful portraits that will be treasured for generations is what I do, however, they do not just magically happen, it does take some careful planning on your part, so I am here to guide you in the right direction! Listed below are a few tips that I strongly recommend to help you in your preparations! Number one, if you or one of your troops feel sick or are sick, no problem! We can reschedule. The last thing a little person wants to do is be on their best behavior let alone be in front of a camera. I always would rather reschedule, we want this to be a pleasant experience for all parties involved. J Second, make sure you and your little people have had a good nights sleep leading up to and before the day of your session. If you children take naps, make sure naps have been taken the day of your session too! Cranky children greatly impact the portrait scene, not to mention then the parents tend to become stressed out and it’s not a very fun time and getting beautiful images is not realistic. On a side note (I’ve had parents do this in sessions before and I am guilty of it too), it’s a challenge to photograph my own children. Anyway, you are trying to get your children to not give goofy smiles or pull their sisters hair etc., you feel yourself becoming stressed out and irritated speaking loudly and saying “get over here! or sit there! stop that!” we have them where we want them and then you sweeten your voice and say “now smile!” it makes me laugh! Next, make sure everyone is fed before you leave the house, ideally before you get dressed however NOT on the way to the session! Murphy’s law will kick in and you will spill on your outfit you so carefully planned out for the photo session. Bring snacks (crackers, something not messy, sticky or that will stain fingers) and water for the little people. This can make a world of difference for a session. Involve your little people in your preparations kids like to contribute and feel apart of ‘the team’ so get them excited for the session! Finally, relax and have fun! If parents are stressed, your children know that or can sense it. I like family interactions, this brings out everyone’s true personality and that is what I like capture! So bottom line… just plan ahead and make sure everyone is fed and well rested! We’re Mom’s we got this!