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Tips For Parents When Booking a Photographer for a Photography Sitting
Hello, I am a professional family photographer in Syracuse, NY. For some, when they think of having a “family portrait” from a professional photographer or studio, the very thought of it can create a lot of stress and anxiety (no wonder with studio’s like JC Penny and Walmart dominating the photography studio landscape). This is very understandable – children’s behavior’s and attitudes can be challenging and we as parents want to make sure that our money is well spent! We want to make sure that they look great and cooperate when they are being photographed. It is very common to come across children who are shy for instance. It is also common to come across children who loathe the formality of sitting still and posing for the camera. I can’t blame them, after all, I was one of those kids growing up!
This is one of the reasons why I try to make my photography sessions less formal and constrictive. I find that not only does it lessen the pressure but also allows the opportunity to create more natural and spontaneous images to be captured. For instance, it is not necessary for everyone to be smiling and looking at the camera during the whole session. I mean do we really need 200 images of everyone smiling and looking at the camera? LOL… This is particularly true for sittings outside of the studio. I love capturing the natural interactions of the family members. Letting the children be themselves – whether it be them being playful with their siblings, wondering off to explore (if we are in a park, etc..), etc… is perfectly fine.
As parents know, children’s attention span can be short, so having to maintain a “proper” attitude or behavior for 45 minutes or longer can feel extremely restrictive – often resulting in both parents and children becoming frustrated. Letting the children be themselves and have fun will not only make the photography sitting more enjoyable for all involved, but will also afford the opportunity to capture the true essence of a child, which is what we are looking for after all. Generally, 45 – 60 minutes is more than enough time to capture both more staged group shots and spontaneous and natural pictures of each of the children and family members.
So I always try to encourage parents to let go and allow your children to be themselves – even if that means they momentarily make goofy faces and put bunny ears over their little sisters head! LOL… It may not be the picture that you put on your holiday card, but it will create a more open and pleasurable experience … for both you and your children. Besides, in the future, when the children are grown and you look back through the images, you will really appreciate having those candid and “real” photographs as well. Sometimes the most memorable moments are the ones where they aren’t even looking into the camera!
If you have any questions or would like more information on having a photography sitting, please feel free to contact me. I am also available for Wedding Photography, Newborn Photography and Maternity Photography. Click on the images below for more information.
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