Lifestyle photosession with kids at home

You might think that your home is not perfect or it’s messy, or you are not ready to be photographed there. 

I would like to share my thoughts about how a real and authentic photoshoot can be.

Lifestyle Photoshoots with kids at home. Tips and ideas for the best Photoshoot.

You may ask me “But, Tanya, what do you mean by saying that you will capture our life?”

I know it might be awkward at first. But it’s totally normal! This is why I suggest thinking out of different activities you can do when I come. 

There are many activities that can help create meaningful and authentic moments during the photosession with kids. 

Life is given to make connections. Connections with your children, parents, and husband/wife.

I know that sometimes we don't know what to do or just have no wish. I have been there!

But a family photosession can be a great opportunity to learn something new as a family.


I am sure many families want to have photographs and photo albums to cherish their life together but the thought of bringing kids to a photosession might be terrifying. 

What if they start crying out of the blue or on a day of a photosession they will be cranky and moody? What if there will be tears in a photo? Or someone is not smiling? What if there will be no perfect picture? This is a catastrophe, or it is not? What do you think? Or maybe this is what you believe in?


Such negative beliefs won't do any good. In the end there will be no photosession, no photos and no memories. But the things is that kids grow, we grow and change with them. 


First of all, I want you to change your mindset about a photosession. These photographs are not for a magazine or a billboard. These images are only for you. To show the truth, to tell a story. To laugh, cry and talk together after many years and remember those moments you shared together. To go back to that feelings and experience you had on a day of a photosession.

It's not about how perfect you look. It's about your real life. 


This is what I believe in and I want you to look this way as well. We are not perfect and this is amazing.

But I would like to share some tips and ideas that might help you start thinking positive and easy about a photosession with children. You just need to be ready.

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Here are 11 tips for getting the best family photos with your kids. Both outdoors and indoors

1. Schedule the photoshoot for a time when your kids are most energetic and happy, such as after a nap or mealtime. It's very important.


2. Choose a location that your kids will feel comfortable in, such as a favorite park or playground. Or do they feel comfortable at home?


3. Dress your family in coordinating outfits, but don't be too matchy-matchy. Choose colors and patterns that complement each other.


4. Bring props that your kids will enjoy playing with, such as balloons, toys, kite or bubbles. You can bring a blanket to play hide-and-seek.


5. Tell your me about any specific shots you want to capture, such as a family portrait or individual shots of each child.


6. Encourage your kids to be themselves and have fun during the photoshoot. Candid shots often turn out the best and they are my favourite. 


7. Don't force your kids to smile or pose a certain way. Please, don't do it. Let them be natural and the photos will be more authentic.


8. Be prepared with snacks. Kids can get hungry and thirsty during a photosession, so it's always a good idea to bring along some snacks and drinks to keep them energized and happy.


9. If your kids are having a meltdown, take a break and try again later. Children don't need to be happy all the time. They are not models and there is no need for being smily during the whole photosession.


10. Pack extra clothes: Accidents can happen, so it's always a good idea to bring along some extra clothes for both kids and adults. This way, if someone spills something or gets dirty, you can quickly change into a fresh outfit.


11. Don't stress too much about getting the "perfect" shot. Family photos should be about capturing memories and having fun with your loved ones.



Engage your kids with these fun activities during a family photoshoot

 3. I want to share 15 ideas on how you can connect with your family at home.


1) Bake or cook together in the kitchen and share food together afterward.

2) Have a picnic in the living room on a blanket. Let's have a tea party! Do something you have never done before.

3) Build a fort or blanket fort and have a cozy reading time inside.

4) Do arts and crafts, such as painting or drawing. Crayons, markers, watercolor paints or cut figures from  paper. Make paper crowns for everyone. Sky is the limit.

5) Play board games or card games: Chess, Uno, Domino or a Jenga to name a few.

6) Have a dance party with your favorite music.

7) Play dress-up and have a mini fashion show: queens, kings, princesses, superheroes, lions or tigers.

8) Do a science experiment or DIY project together. You can see many nice ideas HERE.

9) Have a family pillow fight or tickle session. Kids love it!

10) Do yoga or exercise routines together.

11) Plant and tend to a small indoor garden or potted plants.

12) Have a tea party or mocktail-making session. 

13) Build a puzzle or solving riddles.

14) Read books aloud and create a storytelling session. Use toys to illustrate the stories.

15) Create and decorate homemade cards or crafts for special occasions. Kids can create cards for their parents or grandparents.


3 more bonus ideas you can do together:)


16)  play the piano if you have one. Organize a concert and enjoy music together.

17) Create a family photo album or scrapbook together.

18) Simply spend quality time together, talking, laughing, and enjoying each other's company.