How to Keep Kids Happy During Sunset Family Sessions | Boston Family Photographer
As a Boston family photographer, I understand that these late spring sunsets can be difficult for little ones. Luckily, by now you’ve read my post, How to Handle Early Bedtimes and Late Sunsets, so you’ve prepared for your session ahead of time.
But what happens once you get to the session?
Even with a long nap, kiddos sometimes get grumpy as the sun gets closer to setting. Luckily, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that will keep them going for the entire session! It has a lot to do with one little word: FUN.
It’s important to remember that this is a special time for all of you. An hour without distractions. No phones, no televisions, no obligations. That, in itself, is a big and exciting prospect for kiddos!
Engage with your kids. Make them laugh, tickle them, ask them for snuggles. Let them tell you their best jokes. Ask them about the things that they’re into. This is a time for them to feel as super special as they are.
Want the most naturally beautiful photos of your family? Be prepared to move! I’ll guide you through flattering and beautiful movements that will also keep your kiddos entertained.
They’ll get to be leaders, walking you over paths and bridges.
They might be little warriors and you might be a dragon!
Or maybe they’ll fly in the air like planes.
This is where the real emotions come out. And that’s where the magic is.
Get Them Excited About Rewards
Yes, that means bribery! During this session, we talked A LOT about their trip to the new micro creamery (the fancy new term for “ice cream shop”) in Acton.
We talked about what flavors everyone would get.
Cone or cup?
Sprinkles? Chocolate chips? Fudge? Strawberries?
We will draw out this fantasy trip all the way to the end, when finally you’ll get to go on and actually LIVE THE DREAM and get those ice cream cones!
Joy LeDuc is a Boston photographer focused on creating stress-free (and more importantly, fun!) portrait experiences to families in New England and beyond.