Don’t have a mental break down over your family session.

Family pictures are great – they help you create and remember fond memories of your loving family. However, this day can get very stressful, and we want to ensure this doesn’t happen. If you’re stressed it will show, and we want your photos to be carefree. Here are some tips you can use on picture day to help you relax:

Take some deep breaths. Deep breathing is a common relaxation method. It can quickly calm your stress level and you can do it anywhere. Breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth, counting slowly in your head while letting it all out.

Laugh. Laughter is a great way to release tension. It will also help your family relax to get some genuine smiles. Have everyone pretend to laugh and they will feel so ridiculous that they will actually laugh. This will ease everyone into relaxation mode.

Count down slowly (in your head) from 10. Take a deep breath between each number. If you’re still feeling super stressed, start the process over, back at 10.

Distract yourself. If your family isn’t cooperating and you are getting stressed, suggest that we play a game or take a walk. This will let some of the energy out and also give us some good interacting photos. Prior to your session, think of a short game that your family would enjoy – it could be something like duck, duck, goose, or dancing to head, shoulders, knees, and toes, etc.

You can also distract yourself by going to your ‘happy place.’ Try to take yourself out of the situation you’re in and let your mind wander.

Trace your hand. Take your finger and trace a figure eight on the palm of your opposite hand. This helps relieve stress and muscle tension.

Give lots of XOXOs. Not only will these make for cute poses, but one of the most effective ways to relieve stress is to hug someone or to kiss them. Gather your family in a big group hug, or give your husband a kiss and let your worries melt away.

11 thoughts on “Don’t have a mental break down over your family session.

  1. Such a great post – and great tips for a family in Brownsburg! This is what makes you such a great photographer!

  2. I am so happy to have come across this post before having our Indianapolis family session with you as our photographer. You have some really great tips.

  3. I love the tips for family sessions! I bet your Brownsburg families love that you are such a knowledgable and helpful photographer.

  4. Great tips for your Indianapolis Family members who hire you as their Photographer!! Can’t wait to see more from you this spring!

  5. Happy to have come across your site in my search for a Indianapolis Family Photographer !! Will refer you to my cousins out there!!

  6. A+ advice form a Brownsburg family Photographer right here. I always get stressed out during my session when my kids are behaving perfectly and you know what….you’re right…just breathe! This is what life with kids is like…it’s not all perfect smiles and pressed clothes. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Great post for Indianapolis families looking for a professional photographer! I know they will all love working with you!

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