I met the Hashims through Jek. The moment I met them, I instantly liked them. They are such an easy going family with really good looking children! It was a challenge avoiding the crowds of people at the park, but we managed to find some little corners to shoot in. After a number of outdoor family shoots with children below 3, I have collected a few tips for families who intend to have their outdoor portraits taken.
1. It’s a good idea to dress in similar or complementary colours for the photo shoot. Your family unit will look coordinated and united.
2. Bring a spare change of clothes, especially for the children. They might get dirty or wet as they run around, rolling on the grass.
3. Make sure there’s drinks and some snacks prepared, especially if they start to get a little cranky.
4. It’s also a great idea to bring along a favourite toy.
5. If the child refuses to smile for the camera or pose, don’t worry! If you feel stressed or start yelling, it will show in the photos. You can try to speak in a stern tone for a while, but if the child still wants to do his/her own thing, let them do it. It’s a great time for candid shots.
6. If the child starts to cry, take a little break.
7. Playing little games with the child helps. Make them think that the photo shoot is a fun activity! At the end of the day, treat it like a fun family outing instead of a stressful ‘let’s aim to get my child to behave session’ and everyone will have a good time!
Hope these tips are helpful!