Today we get to learn again from CWK contributor and photography teacher, Beryl Ayn Young. I am an affiliate for Beryl’s online photography class, Momtographie – she’s an expert at helping moms and dads connect through the lens with their families. Scroll to the bottom of the post for a discount code and to enter the giveaway for free tuition! ~Alissa
How can you get kids to really enjoy a photo session?
The most wonderful thing about photography is the dual purpose it can bring to our families. It’s a creative hobby that leaves us fulfilled as a moms, but it’s also one that connects us with our children and gives us an instant means to engagement with them too.
Sometimes however, it can be tricky to get our kids on board as happy willing participants in our photography sessions with them.
I know just how frustrating it can be to capture that busy baby, that wiggly toddler, or that independent tween, so today I’d like to offer 3 ideas for keeping your kids engaged and interested in that camera lens of yours.
Let them plan
Have them help you as you plan for a creative adventure or styled photo shoot! Grab a favorite story book and plan a way to re-create a scene from it with a full wardrobe, props, makeup, etc. Or, why not have them tell you their ideas for a family field trip where you can take the camera along. Go to the zoo, the ice cream parlor, or simply the park. The point is to let them choose the location so they’ll let you capture it all!
Let them look
One of my favorite photo bribes I like share with moms is letting your kiddos see the playback screen when your done. Tell your kid(s) “I’m going to take _____ (insert a number you find appropriate here…3, 5, 10?) pictures of you and then I’ll let you see what they look like. OK?” Kids love to see what you’ve done and unlike us they like to see themselves on the screen. Why not allow them to give you their approval after you work your magic behind the lens.
Let them play
Instead letting your kids simply see the pictures you’ve taken, why not let them take some of their own photos? After you get the shots you’re after, pass the camera off to your kids and let them snap a few too. You’ll gain a whole new perspective for what the world looks like through their eyes, but you’ll also have those incredible photos you’ve just snapped of them too!
These tips have helped me capture some of the classic moments that document our life as a family. And, learning to use a camera properly has been a huge part of expanding my creativity and advancing my own self-expression and exploration as well.
Beryl Ayn Young teaches parents how to use their cameras to connect with their kids and beautifully capture family memories – photography to nourish the body mind and soul. Click here to learn more about Momtographie!
Giveaway – Win Tuition to Momtographie Online Photography Class!!
I am an affiliate of Momtographie and receive a commission for each student who registers through my links – at no extra cost to you. In fact, CWK readers can get 10% off by using the code cwk at check out!
The newest 6 week in depth Momtographie class starts May 5th – would you like to win free tuition? (worth $249!) Enter by April 29th at Midnight to Win Tuition!
A testimonial from one of Baryl’s students:
I took my camera out during Momtographie class and used it in manual mode for the first time. I was completely comfortable using manual and – WOW! Instant improvement in my photos using the technical and creative tips I learned in class.~Jamie
How to Enter:
Comment below and tell us: What does your family say to get people to smile in a photo?
Is it “Say Cheese!” or something else? Or nothing? Comment below and I will select a winner at random on April 30th. This giveaway is open to people 18 years of age and older worldwide.
Don’t forget – use the code cwk to get 10% off your tuition! If you register and wind up winning, you will receive a credit back for the cost of the course. Good Luck!!
About the Author
Alissa is a resilience coach, cartoonist, and advocate for ‘connection, not perfection’. She’s dedicated to helping others find a sense of safety and belonging inside themselves so they can heal, connect, and build authentic, joyful lives.