How to Capture Your Kids' True Personalities on Camera | Boston Family Photographer


The title of this post is a little misleading, because it isn’t just about capturing your kids’ true personalities in your family photos, but yours as well!

One of the things that people notice most often about my photos is that people look very natural. I love it when people tell me that because that’s exactly what I’m aiming for! But that comment is often followed by, “My family is definitely not that comfortable in front of the camera.”

Guess what? Almost no one is! The reason they look so natural is because I’m guiding them to interact in a way that incorporates so much connection, movement, and interaction that they forget the camera is even there.

Here are a few of the directions that I find work the best for kiddos:

  • Run to that tree and when I call your name, look over your shoulder at me!

  • (For siblings) Look at the person who has the stinkiest feet!

  • Chase your sister/brother around mom and dad!

The movement, the slight bit of controlled chaos, is what makes these photos feel so organic. People are always slightly surprised by how beautiful their families look afterward, but it’s because these normal, moment-by-moment interactions are what make families so beautiful.

I give plenty of direction during family sessions in order to help you and your kids naturally interact. Those are the moments that you’ll want to remember forever!
Boston family photographer Joy LeDuc at Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts
Having fun with dad during a sunset family session in Concord, Massachusetts. Boston family photographer Joy LeDuc.
“Run to that spot and run back!” Kids love direction and movement during family photo sessions. Greater Boston family photography.
Movement helps children to stay happy and engaged during family photo sessions. Concord, Massachusetts golden hour photography. Boston family portraits.
It’s not just kids who look better with movement! Parents look more comfortable and natural with walking and moving prompts as well. Old North Bridge, Concord, Massachusetts. Organic, candid lifestyle photography for families in Greater Boston.

This family included their au pair in their portrait session, which brought out even more fun moments!

The in-between moments are the ones that tell the story of your family. Boston photographer Joy LeDuc in Concord, Massachusetts.
Capturing natural moments during family photo sessions. Concord family photographer Joy LeDuc.

Incorporating movement and fun prompts into your family session keeps everyone happy! It’s the reason why, at the end of most of my sessions, surprised dads say, “That was actually fun!”

Bonus: with movement and prompts, even dads have fun during family portrait sessions! Concord family photographer. Greater Boston family lifestyle photography.
So many kisses! Yes, kissing, cuddling, holding hands, running, and dancing are all a part of capturing your family’s connection on camera. Boston family photographer Joy LeDuc.

Ready to have fun during your own family portrait session? I’d love to hear from you!

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