If you are here reading this post, I assume you suffer the same dilemma I do every year. Your partner does not enjoy having their picture taken, and they run away every time you mention the words Family Pictures.
Let me tell you, I completely get it! My partner is the same and it has been forever. I have also met quite a few families since starting my photography business, and I can tell you that we are not alone. So, here are three of my top tips for helping you partner to relax and enjoy documenting memories with you.
1- Find a photographer that has a relaxed style
What does that mean? If you look at a photographer’s work and everybody is posed very stiffly and perfectly in the same positions over and over, there’s a good possibility your partner will not enjoy if they don’t like having their pictures taken.
The way I photograph families is, I allow them to interact and connect with each other the same way you would at home. Talking, cuddling, being yourselves. That tends to help people who are not supper into pictures to relax and enjoy the moments, then it’s up to me to be there at the right time to capture all the beautiful moments.
If that sounds like it would be helpful to your partner, then I recommend you find a photographer like myself. Look at their pictures, what stories are they telling you? Does their work make you feel genuine joy, love and connection? Then go for that.
2- Talk honestly about why pictures are important to you
Sometimes we make the mistake of assuming our partners know exactly what goes on in your heads. But, let me tell you, a lot of the times they don’t! Be super honest with your partner and family about why you want these pictures of all of you together.
A lot of the times what clients tell me when I ask them this question during our booking process is that they want to remember this wonderful time in their lives, they want to register their kids at different stages because time flies and you probably won’t remember all the meaningful little things you want to remember in a few years time. They also tell me that they are rarely in pictures with their kids and partner. I believe if you open up to your partner and tell them what you feel in your heart they will be a lot more likely to support you.
3 -Communicate their fears and reservations to your photographer
Every time someone books a session with me, I ask them to complete a very comprehensive questionnaire. I love for families to share with me any fears or reservations anybody in the family has about having their pictures taken.
The more I know, the better I can help everybody in the family relax and enjoy the experience. For an example, I can give your partner extra breaks if they get easily overwhelmed by pictures, or I can give them more specific instructions than I would normally if they feel awkward when they don’t know exactly what to do.
So, with this tips in hand, your family photos will be a success this year! Ready to book a session? Contact me here