Preparing Your Husband for a Family Session
Redlands Family Session | Inland Empire Photographer | Yucaipa, Ca
For some of us, preparing our husbands for a family photo session is just as exhausting as preparing the kids. If your husband is happy-go-lucky kind of guy about photo day, that’s excellent, and in the case of this session I’ll be using the images from, Dad was AMAZING!
My husband…not so much. He’s an amazing guy, but doesn’t like having his picture taken AT ALL. He’s your typical, “Are we done yet?” type. Taking family pictures yearly is the last thing he wants to do, so I have to remind him what having them done means to me. Every year he complains, but he always goes along. If you’re dealing with someone who’s reluctant, then here are some things you can do to help.
Tips for emotionally preparing your husband for your family session:
- Especially if this is your first session together with the family now that the kids are mobile, let him know how the session will go and discuss your expectations. Also, if you have to bribe the kids, communicate this with him so he can help remind them of the bribery.
- Warn him that the kids will probably be crazy or freak out and that he should prepare himself for that. Let him know that it will still be fine and to try not to get overwhelmed or worried. I’m a mom too and totally understand kiddos meltdown sometimes.
- Let him know that the more helpful he is in getting himself and the kids ready, the less stressed you will be and the less chance of an argument between you arising. I like to give you guys prompts during a session so that I can capture real moments. If you were having an argument earlier, this can add stress to an already stressful day.
- Remind him that the session is only one hour and then it will all be over. This way, he sees a light at the end of the tunnel and can stick it out. Because I only shoot sessions around sunset, most of my families opt to go to dinner after their session. This is a good incentive for everyone to cooperate.
- If your husband is being difficult, bribe him to cooperate during the session as well. If it works for the kiddos, it may very well work for him!
- And most importantly – remind him that you love him (and that he loves you, and that’s why he’s cooperating with this). Tell him how much you appreciate his support and cooperation in this, and how pleased you are going to be with the finished photos.
Preparing your husband for a session will set you up for a fun and enjoyable session. I hope some of these tips were helpful. Hope you had a great week and I’ll talk to you soon!
Hi! I’m Heidi with Heidi Grace Photography. I’m a wife, mom and family photographer that adores living in Southern California. I love capturing moments over poses for families in some of the most beautiful locations in the Inland Empire. Children and family photography is my jam! Can’t wait for our session together!
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