Take it from me, your local Santa Barbara Family Photographer, being prepared makes all the difference!

you may be feeling a bit apprehensive about your upcoming FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT WITH YOUR CHILDREN.

. Kids aren’t always cooperative, but don't worry these tips below will definitely help prepare you!

1. 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 to keep the peace such as letting your energetic daughter's hair stay straight instead of curling it into because she won't sit still. Focus on the big picture and don't sweat the small stuff. 

2. Make it fun

Let the kids have a couple “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose or better yet, let them pose the whole family. You get to keep the more serious photos while they get to keep their silly photos. This way everyone wins. If we're struggling to get the kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game. Simon Says usually works like a charm. 

3. Be prepared

Try to ensure that your children are well-rested and have had their nap. Bringing some snacks, tissues, and wet wipes is also a great idea. If you and your daughters have long hair, bring a hair clip or bobby pins in case the wind picks up.

4. 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. 

5. 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.