The following article was written by Katie Gregory, an award winning parent and travel blogger, after having a family photo shoot plus interview with Andy. It has been published both on her blog: www.therewego.com and printed in the Bedfordshire OVL Magazine.
1. Don’t tell them to say cheese.
Portrait photography is all about capturing your child in their most natural, happy state – a forced smile because they’ve been told they’ll be in trouble otherwise isn’t going to result in the best photograph!
2. Don’t over prepare them.
The most successful shoots are the ones where parents haven’t talked about it too much, haven’t made a huge deal out of it and haven’t prepped their kids to be on their best behaviour – it leads to a more natural shoot when things are a bit more off-the-cuff.
3 . Let them misbehave (a bit).
Let them relax and be a bit cheeky – within reason – and your photographer isn’t going to mind. In fact, it’ll lead to better photographs, providing they’re not trashing the place.
4. Go for comfortable clothes.
If they’re suited and booted and don’t feel comfy, the likelihood is you’re not going to get the most natural shots. In the same way, don’t give them a ‘special’ hairstyle just for the shoot – you’re going to want to look back at the photographs and remember them how they were day-to-day.