You’re just starting on a family portrait session. The family has two or three kids. Managing a family is already a big challenge – but you’re nervous that keeping the kids focused will be your biggest obstacle.
But things seem to be starting out well. You have a decent shot or two that you know you’ll be able to use. But then, it happens…
You notice that you’re starting to lose one of the kids. They stop looking at the camera. They’re getting fidgety. You know they’re losing focus.
And in this moment you begin to panic and rush to finish before the kids completely break down.
Then one child starts to cry or won’t stay still. You can see the snowball forming before this entire session completely breaks down.
And the parents look to you for direction to control the situation.
Your job has now become 1-part babysitter, 1-part photographer. And by this time you and your clients have lost patience and confidence that they’ll get usable photos.
In the process, you’ve lost another future referral.
You see, photographing children is more than just finding terrific poses.
You also need to manage the shoot and keep your parent’s and their children feeling relaxed, confident, and natural so you can bring out the best of their personalities in your photos.