Over the years there are more than a few things that I've learned when taking photos for families and their kids. As long as the weather cooperates and everyone is dressed seasonally for the occasion, I greatly prefer the outdoors for family photoshoots. In my experience, I've found that most kids love being outside and some actually do better in an outside environment. Also, we live in the Pacific Northwest and as anyone who lives here knows, it's one of the best places to live and enjoy nature! So, how do I prep my kids that never listen to me when I try to take their photos? Don't worry. We've got this. Here's the secret: go with the flow. Go in to your session with low expectations. Refrain from telling anyone, but especially your kids to smile or look at the camera. If you want a posed family photos, simple request that on your initial inquiry, and we can make sure to include that in your gallery. Remember that it can be stressful to listen to multiple people at the same time trying to tell you what to do. Your session will be much less stressful if you simply play, love, snuggle and have fun with your family and your kids. That's it! Trust that the beautiful, emotion-filled images will happen throughout the process of simply letting everyone be themselves. And most importantly, don't forget to have fun.

Top tips:

Be intentional with your hands. Connection through images happens when you can communicate closeness with your loved ones.

If kids don't want to stand still, don't force them to. Go with their cues and walk and explore with them if they need to. Be enthusiastic when they do.

Kids can easily be overwhelmed with the expectation of having their picture taken, so sometimes a quick carry and snuggle with Mom or Dad helps.

For older kids that are more active and physical, be prepared to move and play. Movement in photos always adds interest.

If you have an activity that is authentic to your family, please feel free to tell me and we can incorporate that into the photoshoot (ex: guitar, reading, skateboarding)

Seattle family outdoor photoshoots Maria Alcantara Photography