How to Prep the Kids
• Make sure they are rested
• Make sure they are fed
• Tell them what we will be doing, and make it sound
• Make this exciting for them – consider a reward/
something fun afterwards
• Let them be little! Just give them grace to be little,
and know I will capture their personalities no matter
How to Prep Dad
• Make sure he is rested and fed – Haha! But really…
rested and fed applies to the grown-ups too!
• Show him a few of your favourite pictures from my
website so he can see the relaxed nature of my
work. This will help him know what to expect.
• Let him know that the best thing he can do is to just
enjoy his family- and let ME do the work. The
pressure is off.
• Let him know how much this means to you, and remind him it will be over in 20 minutes to an hour!
How to Prep Yourself
• Make enough time to prepare on the day of
your session, so you don’t feel rushed and
• Let go of your need for perfection. This is the
biggest anxiety for most moms. It’s ok if your
kids aren’t “perfect” during our time together.
• Don’t worry about your kids not giving me their
“real smiles.” Most of the time, being told “not
that smile, your REAL smile!” only makes it
worse… So, don’t worry. I will work hard to get them laughing and will be sure to capture
them at their best!
WHAT TO BRING?
Bring comfy shoes for walking
• Snacks for the kids that won’t stain
• Makeup for touchups
• Extra diapers, wipes, etc.
• Bring along something extra and
meaningful – child’s favourite special
toy that you may want to
photograph, flowers to hold, favourite
quilt, antique chair, etc. And don’t forget to bring your fur baby if you have one. Dogs are part of the family too.
The most important thing for you to
remember is to just enjoy your family. Let
this be a time that you have fun with
each other, tell silly stories, and laugh a
lot! Down the road, it won’t matter nearly
as much if you were having a bad hair
day that day, or if your son wasn’t
listening well. You will look back on these
pictures and remember this moment in
time, and how quickly it went.