Preparing your kids for a photo session can help ensure that the experience is enjoyable and results in beautiful, natural, and authentic photos. Children may sometimes feel overwhelmed or uneasy during a photo shoot, but with a little preparation and guidance, you can help them feel at ease and capture genuine smiles. Here are some tips to prepare your kids for a photo session:

1. Communicate Positively:

Talk to your kids about the photo session in a positive and enthusiastic manner. Let them know that it will be a fun experience and an opportunity to create beautiful memories together as a family.

2. Choose the Right Time:

Consider scheduling the photo session at a time when your kids are typically well-rested and in good spirits. Avoid scheduling the shoot during nap times or when they are likely to be hungry or tired. This is where you can really consider a mid-morning session! Those are my favorite 🙂

3. Practice Poses and Smiles:

Spend some time practicing different poses and smiles with your kids. Make it a fun game and let them experiment with different expressions. This can help them feel more confident and comfortable in front of the camera.

4. Bring Comfort Items:

If your kids have comfort items like a favorite toy or blanket, consider bringing them to the photo session. These items can help your kids feel more secure and relaxed during the shoot.

5. Dress Comfortably:

Choose comfortable and age-appropriate outfits for your kids. Avoid clothing that may itch, pinch, or cause discomfort, as this could lead to distractions during the shoot. This has happened to us personally before when Carter’s shoes were too small…he literally was in melt-down mode for the entire session!

6. Plan for Breaks:

Kids may need breaks during the photo session, especially for longer sessions. Be prepared to take short breaks to allow them to stretch, have a snack, or simply relax for a moment. 

7. Be Patient and Flexible:

Children can be unpredictable, and not every moment will go as planned. Be patient and flexible during the session, and allow me to capture candid moments that showcase your child’s unique personality. This means not every photo will be a posed “smile at the camera” type of photo…and that is JUST FINE!

8. Offer Encouragement and Praise:

Throughout the photo session, offer encouragement and praise to your kids. Positive reinforcement can help them feel more confident and engaged.

9. Be a Role Model:

Your kids will take cues from you, so if you are relaxed and having fun during the photo session, they are more likely to follow suit.

10. Capture Natural Moments:

Encourage your kids to interact with each other and with you naturally. Some of the most heartwarming and authentic photos come from candid interactions. Back to point number 7….just let these moments happen!


Preparing your kids for a photo session involves creating a positive and relaxed atmosphere, communicating with them about the experience, and allowing them to be themselves. With a little preparation and a lot of patience, you can help your kids enjoy the photo session and capture beautiful memories that you’ll cherish for years to come.