Seriously, what could more intimidating than getting your portraits take, as a family?! Probably traveling with a baby comes close.
I hear you, it can be really hard on parents who try to get their family portraits taken and suddenly you're dealing with a melt down because your toddler doesn't want to wear that dress and hates those shoes, on the day of your session. Trust me, I've been there. And it can be so stressful that you want to call your photographer and reschedule, which let me tell you, is completely in your right!
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel! These quick and easy steps will all lead to a melt-down free session and lead to a happy post session!
DON'T SAY NO.
This is really the only real rule that I have when I photograph families. Especially out on the beach. It's really easy to try and be on your best behavior as a family, but we all know that on the day of the session, your kid is gonna want to push their limits, set the new rules, and act a little goofy.
I say, let them. Let them get it all out of their system, let me take over and have fun. The more they see this as a fun activity, the more willing they'll be to cooperate. And this means, not saying "no" to running, climbing safely onto a tree, or even throwing sand and getting all wet. Keeping things light and fun are going to change the whole experience for you!