Documentary-style photos and At-Home Family Sessions are a fantastic combination. But you may be wondering: What do we actually do during our photo session? Read on to find out the best activities for at-home family photos.
The truth is, the activities are really just an avenue to drive connection and engagement between you and your kiddos.
I suggest thinking of a few different things your kids love to do, and setting up little stations around the home so your littles can pick the order in which you do them. It gives them a sense of control and helps ensure they stay happy during the session.
Here are some great activities to try out for your at-home family photos–
So simple, right? Grab a couple of their favorites and cuddle up either in the living room couch or on your bed and tell them a story. Sometimes the best activities for at-home family photos are the most obvious!
If you’re familiar with “special time” (child-led 1:1 playtime) you’ll know why it’s so beneficial to take a few minutes every day to bond with your child. What if you could try this while getting your at-home family photos? Let them pick their favorite game or toy, and put them in charge. Not only will it result in great photos but create special moments both of you will appreciate.
Whether it’s coloring or building a 3D-face with googly eyes and the works, pick a craft that’s not too long and actually create something with them. Not only are these great activities for at-home family photos, but you’ll have the artwork to go along with the images!
This is one of my favorites, and not just because I usually get to take a cookie or muffin home with me! There are so many benefits of cooking with your kiddos. Did you know that getting them involved with their food will make them more likely to try new things and become more adventurous eaters?
Take the opportunity to relax and sit down for a meal or snack. Not only will they be in a better mood once their bellies are full, but it makes for great photos. And maybe take the opportunity to enjoy something special together that you don’t eat on a regular basis.
Giving your kiddos some liberty to do things that they’re not usually allowed to do is a sure way to bring out some excitement. Explain that this is allowed today because it’s a special day, and let them have their fun.
Tickle fights are different than the other activities because it’s not exactly something you can plan for. The mood has to be right. But keep it in the back of your mind and if you’re trying to have a quiet moment but the kids are restless or too energetic, this is a great way to let off some steam and get some great images in the process.
I tell my clients not to get the kiddos ready before I arrive because I love photographing them getting changed. It’s so cute and also decreases the stress and number of tasks to get done before the session begins.
If you’re comfortable with having photos of you kiddos in the bath, this is not just a great photo op but an amazing excuse to check something off your daily to-do list. How wonderful to wrap up your photo session and have your kids be ready for naptime or bedtime?
Check out some client galleries from my Portfolio Page to see examples of great activities for at-home family photos!
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