5 Tips For Getting Your Kids To Cooperate During Family Photos

Getting your kids prepared to cooperate for family photos can be a nail biting experience. I know you want beautiful photos of your family, and I’m SO happy to help create these for you! Here are 5 ways to get your kids to cooperate during family photos. 
1- Make Sure Everyone Is Well Fed

A recently fed baby is most likely to give us those sleepy newborn shots we love so much, while kids with full tummies will be comfortable and content. Nobody can concentrate while hungry, so parents, don’t forget to feed yourselves too!
2- Timing Is Everything

Try not to schedule a photo session during regular nap times for younger children, or immediately after a sports practice, school, or event for older children. You want the kids to be as well rested and non-cranky as possible. Babies are the exception to this, as nap time can be golden for babies and photoshoots. 3- Set Proper Expectations

Before the photoshoot, explain to the kids where you’re going, what will happen, and what you expect of them. Let them know how important these photos are to you, and how excited you are to get them done.

You could even include them in the process by showing them examples of photos and poses beforehand to see what they like. 4- Let Them Be Silly

Although you may want to parent them and shush them when they get too rowdy, be confident that I will direct when needed, and let them be a little silly. You want their true personalities to shine through!

5- Have Fun!

I want your session to be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible! Relax, enjoy your family, and go with the flow. These sessions are about making memories just as much as they are about capturing them, and I want this to be a fun day to remember. Interested in booking a session? Contact me HERE for more information! 


My name is Janna and I currently live in Saskatoon, Sask. I have an in home studio space that I use for shooting newborns, milestones and motherhood sessions.

All in all, I am surviving on coffee and very little sleep but I am happy. I have the privilege to work with absolutely wonderful families who trust me to hold their little bitty babies and honour me with the creation of their memories.  I do feel truly blessed. I would love to meet you and maybe learn a little bit about you and your family!


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