Well the photo-shoot day has eventually came and I know it can be super stressful if you have little ones. Finding the right outfits and ensuring everyone is available on the same day and time for the session and getting everyone all ready and prepared and at the studio on time. However, once these tasks have all been nailed and you arrive at the studio and you have prepared everything perfectly – then the worst happens – Your child won't cooperate….. Even after you have coached them for weeks to get them prepared and ready for the session.
I am here today to save you from this nightmare and help prevent this from happening with the power of bribery. I know some people frown upon this, however, they properly haven’t tried to get a two, four and six year old to follow their command and sit nicely together facing the same direction and smile. Its no easy task, as a photographer, I’m going to give you the green light and tell you its ok to bribe your kids for the sake of good photos. And I will let you into a little secret – that the majority of my clients use some form of bribery to get the best results.
We have a very limited amount of time to get all the photos that you need, and I don’t want you to be stressed because little Tommy is having a meltdown or is hiding behind his hands for the entire session, sticking his tongue out or making a silly face. So, I welcome bribery with open arms. Every child is different when it comes to bribery, They all have different personalities and like different things. Some children are motivated by sweeties, others pennies – you just need to find out what works best for your child.
Here is some suggestions that people we have noticed clients using and they have worked.
· Sweeties, Ice Cream or Fruit Snacks
· Dinner at their favourite restaurant after the session
· Later bedtime
· That awesome toy they have been drooling over
· Extra TV time
· A sleepover with a friend
· Extended playtime
· They don’t have to eat their Veggies at dinnertime
· Give them back a privilege that has been taken away the last time they were naughty
While these aren’t the only options - we thought this would give you a starting point to brainstorm your own ideas that will help your child specifically to cooperate.
Stuck with things to do on the lead up to Christmas then check out Kathryn's suggestions - she is a Newborn baby Photographer Sheffield and she has some amazing ideas and suggestions.