Getting Great Family Photos When Kids are Screaming, Snotty-Nosed or Moody

“You were excited to see pumpkins ALL morning and now that we’re at the pumpkin patch, you suddenly hate pumpkins! WTF?” Typical two year olds. haha If this happens to you at your photo shoot, don’t worry. Parents and us family photographers know this phenomena well. These days I’m really not phased by anything kids throw my way. Kids can cry, scream, run away (ok, the running away is the toughest) and hide behind their parents the entire time and I still always get something usable. No, realistically, we’re not going to end up with the same abundant collection of images as if you’re kids were smiling little angels that day BUT we always get something and by something…I mean a handful.

In the history of the Happy Film Company there have been a few photo shoots that were so tricky and sucky because of bad lighting, bad attitudes or bad luck that we only ended up with a couple photos that were good enough to pass my high standards test. In these situations, we offered the families a redo photo shoot. So yes, this happens BUT 95% of the time your kids can have total meltdowns and we still get a ton of good photos.

There’s a sneaky art to getting good photos out of a shitty photo shoot experience.
It’s all about:
A) snapping the photos when the kids grabbing a breath in between screams
B) patiently charming the children until the open up or relax…even just a little bit
C) Stepping back and becoming an undercover photographer, like a sniper in the distance so parents can sooth and play without camera pressure
D) shooting so quickly that screams look like smiles or laughs lol
E) embracing the chaos and taking the best meltdown photos in history; capturing all the snotty noses and crossed arm scowls —- fine you’re gonna be like that? then we’re gonna get it all on camera! ha!

So parents, never fear. I got your back and you’re photos are gonna be beautiful.
And photographer friends, keep practicing and never let a rough shoot get you down. It’s about finding the little openings of light shining through in the storm and catching them quickly. Families will appreciate your positive eye and quick reflexes! ;)

Let me know if you have any questions.
LOVE & HAPPINESS
Chamonix

Photographer: Chamonix
Activity: Pumpkin Patch Mini Sessions
Location: Oxbow Farm in the Snoqualmie Valley (my homeland)