“There’s nothing that makes you more insane than family. Or more happy. Or more exasperated. Or more… secure.”
It was a little cold and there were plenty of distractions for young minds… but, this family has been coming to my mini shoots since 2010. They knew how to make this session type a success. Dressed appropriately, check! Rested and fed children (and parents), check! Arrived on time, check! Snacks, kleenex and wipes nearby, check! In advance, the parents talk about what is going to happen on photo day and explain to their kids who I am. When the kids see me, they run my way, excited to get started. They are ready! After that it is on me. We move quickly from background to background and encourage the kids to get some energy out in between spots. I encourage their good behavior and explain what we will do at the next spot as we are walking up. If someone is having a hard time, I shift to other family pairings and let you awesome parents get your little one back on track. 20 minutes. How bad can it be?!