Bribing Your Child is OK Really!
A sitting with your child or children can feel stressful. As well as making sure everyone has the right wardrobe and everyone can make the date you have that extra worry of will the children behave?
In our experience it is the parent’s worries that usually make for worried kids. So, let me re-assure you now everything will be fine.
Make certain your children know they are coming to a photo shoot and they are going to have a excellent time. Explain that you want nice images for yourself and relatives.
During the shoot itself, don’t stress about your youngsters. If you are chilled they will be too. In particular, when required you have to keep smiling at the camera regardless of what your youngsters are doing.
Of course, you might want to offer a slight bribe for the sake of good photos. It might be some sweets, some cash, a new toy, some additional TV time or a modest treat out afterwards.
In the shoot, always use the bribe positively, “remember we are going to Play Town afterwards if you are good.” But don’t say “that’s it, no Play Town for you!” – once the bribe is taken away it doesn’t work anymore.
Generally kids are great in the studio, we treat them as though they are special and often the photographs of them messing around will be your favourites. The only moment we might play Mr Grumpy is if they are likely to get injured or are too close to the equipment, but that is very rare. Normally we are very relaxed around children.