How Not to have A Mental Breakdown During Your Session!
Family Pictures; when you hear these two words what emotions come up? For some it may be excitement and yet for others it can be overwhelming and stressful. Having your family portrait taken is a great experience that you'll never forget. Family pictures help you create and remember fond memories of your loving family at each stage. However, many parents, especially Moms have stated this day can get very stressful and overwhelming. I want to ensure this feeling doesn't happen to you.
Did you know, If you’re stressed it will be on display in your portraits. I want your portrait experience to be filled with fun and your portraits to be carefree and full of fun. Here are some tips you can use during your family's portrait experience to help you relax and enjoy the moment:
1. Take some deep breaths.
Did you know taking a deep breath 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. Remember this just a time to have fun. Let those silly moments expose themselves. You just may get a cute picture similar to the above one.
2. Family Memories.
Your portrait experience is a time for your family to document your current stage and make memories. If your child loves to make weird faces, this is a perfect time to allow them to be themselves. Five to 10 years from now you'll love that little face and laugh at it laughter. Who knows, they just may become embarrassed and wonder why you didn't stop them from making that face. Isn't that what we live for? To one day embarrass our children; maybe that's just me.
Did you know laughter is a great way to release tension? It helps your family relax and it leads to some genuine smiles. I usually ask everyone to give me a pretend laugh and usually everyone feels ridiculous that you actually laugh; forreal.
This usually eases everyone into relaxation mode; including you Mom.
4. 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. If you're still having trouble, revert back to step #1.
5. Distract yourself.
If I notice you getting overwhelmed, I'll usually suggest a game. If you have younger children, this will usually release some energy. The games can be anything from who can jump to the "x" first? Or a funny talk finding out who's the funny person in your family.
6. 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.
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles family photographer in Torrance, CA and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.