Tuesday, December 1, 2015

I've got grumpy kids and a photo shoot in the same day, what do I do?

Here's the thing, you've been planning a photography session for a month.  You know you've thought of everything and you probably have but the truth is we can't control everything.

Its the day of your photography session and your child is cranky or just not acting like themselves.  You don't want to cancel because the stars may not align like this again.

So you go to the session with high hopes.  In my experience there are two ways it can work out.  The child snaps out of it and has a wonderful time. Or its a bad day no matter what we try.

I'm hoping your situation is the first because that's easier and less stressful for everyone.

But if you've hit the second situation there are a few ways to try to make the best of it:

  • Bring a favorite toy
  • Have the Ipod set to their dancing song
  • Get someone to dance, sometimes a person will make them the happiest
  • If the photographer is available in the afternoon, take the kid for a nap or lunch and start over in the afternoon
If you have a session booked with me and we can't get enough good shots I am always willing to reschedule.  I know that doesn't always work, so if not I'll try my hardest to get the best shots.  Even when we sit down to look at the photos, if you're not happy I'll re-shoot at no cost to you.

Do you have any tips on how to help a grumpy child?  I'm always interested in your ideas and thoughts.