How much of an active part do you play in your family’s professional photo shoots? Do you sit back and let the photographer get on with it, or do you hover and check out what they are doing and even join in?
As a parent you can make or break a professional photo shoot of you and your family.
Now, I am not suggesting that without your help the shoot wouldn’t go so well, far from it, I am encouraging you to take a really active part in your next professional photo shoot. Following on from our recent blog about how to get children to smile, photographers who conduct family shoots, should know a lot of the ‘tricks’ I have already mentioned. However, when it comes to getting a group or even a single child to laugh, a shoot really benefits from some silly antics from you AND your photographer.
Why? I hear you ask? You’ve paid a lot of money for a professional to come and do something you want done to the highest of standards and of course YOU can be in the shots as well this time.
Well, who do you think a 2 year old is going to find funnier? Your photographer (who has just met them and is using a big black thing in front of their face) or YOU their parent doing silly things behind the photographer and thus distracting them from what is happening!?
As well as chatting to children in order to get to know them and tune in with them quickly, a good photographer will also make sure that they tune into the parents too, in order to make sure everyone has fun.
I encourage my clients to do silly things behind me, so when I am taking shots, I will quickly turnaround and pretend to be ‘cross’ that the parents are being ‘naughty‘ behind my back but it really does make the children laugh. Getting into the spirit and fun of a family photo shoot is also part of the experience. How often do you just simply act like a kid again with your kids? Try it. It’s very liberating, funny plus your kids will love you for it (unless they’re teenagers, in which case DON’T!!)
In a recent shoot, the parents joined in with my rendition of ‘I’d like to move it, move it’ dance from Madagascar, which the children adored! Despite not being able to hold a note, I will sing for the children (yes, really!) songs such as ‘Wheels on the Bus’ or ‘Wind the Bobbin Up’ so that they smile, sit still or join in but I have to say it’s always a relief if a parent sings with me!!
Look at these examples, the first image is a group of cousins who I had just set up in a way that I knew would look great and that they could interact well.
Then I asked the parents to do ‘Parents Got Talent’ behind me……..this was the result!!
So next time you book a photographer, go with the flow and if they encourage you to be silly, go on do it! It’s not as if the photographer can see you or capture you doing it as they should be concentrating on your children! Plus – I won’t tell anyone!
Of course, if you are doing the photography, then you can see how effective some help working on your behalf behind you can be!