Famiy Photographer Wichita KS | A little sugar leads to better behavior...

When working with children, you need to be flexible. As a Mom, I know you want your family portraits to be great and as a photographer, I want that too. Kids, however, don’t always follow this theory! If there is a day that they are not into being photographed, its always the day your session is scheduled. Been there, done that. Sometimes we need a little sugar to encourage better behavior! Positive attitudes and a little encouragement work well to provide for a happier session.

As a parent, I know sometimes I have needed a little sugar to help life go by without a fight, for both me and my kids. I take the same stance with my portrait clients. A little sugar (*cough* bribery) helps a portrait session go a little bit easier.

When you have a positive environment, you get honest smiles, eyes filled with laughter and the child(ren) will look forward to getting photographed again.

With the thoughts of encouraging a positive environment for my sessions, I created the Treasure Box concept to help add a little persuasion into my portrait session mix. The Treasure Box is filled with toys, candy and trinkets to encourage good behavior.

During our initial consultation, I ask about what types of topics (i.e. activities, colors, books, TV shows, TV/movie characters) your child(ren) in interested in. I do this so that I can get down to their level and talk to them about what they like. This helps to keep their attention and focus. It also helps children who might have any anxiety about being photographed.

Using the children’s ‘likes’ my clients tells me about during the initial consultation, I try to stock the Treasure Box with toys, trinkets and sometimes candy (parent approved of course due to food allergies) that will appeal the child(ren).

At the start of the session, as a group with parents present, the child(ren) get to preview the Treasure Box. I let everyone know that if we do really well during the session at the end of session, they get to pick a prize (with parental approval of course).

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Wichita KS Dog photographer - Miss Whinney, the Labradoodle

Whinney is the fur child, Labradoodle and oldest ‘daughter’ of a dear friend. She started off as a little fuzzy ball with big paws who grew up to be all legs and full of fun. She has two younger human siblings who keep the household hopping so Whinney loves any chance to play with an adult (in this case, me)!  She loves to romp around the backyard saving her humans from bugs, leaves and other intruders.

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Getting her to sit for a portrait was a challenge in the June humidity but I think she was captured in all her glory.  She’s definitely a ball dog!  Well, she's a dog who loves to play with whatever is nearby, this time it was her ball.

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And she’s showing no signs of slowing down despite her age!

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Wichita KS Dog photographer - Mr. Moxie and Little Miss Avery

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Mr Moxie is a Morkie (half Maltese and half Yorkie) and Little Miss Avery is a Yorkie. What they don’t have in stature, they make up for in personality and speed! Moxie is the older brother while Avery is the baby of the family. They were more than happy to smile for the camera, provided there was compensation in the form of treats! Being this cute requires a lot of effort!

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Mr. Moxie is quite the poser!  He is definitely the one who wants the attention and makes sure you get his best side!

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I love it when people comment that it must be easier to photograph animals than young children.  I have to laugh at that because they are surprisingly similar with the difference being, the animals are often faster.  The smaller the animal, the smaller the places to focus and the faster they seem to run!

Little Miss Avery is an excellent example of exactly this!  She is a very small and very fast, there was often a little brown streak across the field of view!  That said, when she did stop to pose, she is adorable!

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Moxie, Avery and their brother!

It was the end of the school day when Avery and Moxie's brother arrived home.  Moxie decided that Avery had gotten too much of the spotlight....!

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