How to Prep Your Family for our Photography Session | Main Line PA

Candid Family Photos

I will always tell my Mamas to get these kids so pumped and excited to see me.  I want to be your friend and someone they can play with and look forward to meeting.  Though I do think it is important to share that I will be bringing a camera and taking photographs, I do not want the language around my arrival to have any pressure or authoritative presence.  

I have never really resonated with toddlers “behaving” or “cooperating” for photos. I mean, they are little humans, who have big emotions and essentially have no idea what is expected of them. So it is our job to create a fun, free and safe space for them to feel comfortable to be themselves always. As a nanny turned professional photographer, I speak the language of the little ones. I got you.

Before my arrival to your house, you will receive a series of emails to recap, reiterate and go over what we discussed in our phone consultation. Here is a more detailed breakdown of the booking process, but a quick run down of tips to prepare your toddlers and young children are as follows.

Things to say:
1.  Steph is sooo excited to play with you tonight and get silly!
2.  Is there anything you want to show Steph when she gets here?  She is so pumped up to meet you!
3.  We are going to explore this new spot tonight with Steph.. maybe we will find a butterfly or pick some wild flowers.  Maybe we could play hide and go seek?!

Prep Your Family for Natural Photography

Sometimes though, it is not just the kids we have to prep, it is the partner. And I hear you!! I have been on the other side of the camera and had a blast, but I have also been on the other side of the camera and I felt so posed, so fake, like… this isn’t me!! I would never hold his hand like that.

When it comes to helping people feel comfortable in front of the camera, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. Anything that will lead to laughter or surprises or you have you saying to each other “Our photographer is whacky…” Trusting each other and the process is huge. I want you to have imagery that is like no one else’s! I want you, your partner and your children to enjoy the experience.

1.  This isn’t like the photos we have done in the past.  She is going to have us do weird things and just be playful.  
2.  I promise she won’t be posing us and making us smile at the camera.  She seems super fun and her sessions are more like us hanging out.
3.  Maybe we can bring a bottle of wine and get a little warm and tipsy for the shoot and just have a good time.

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Candid Family Photos
Candid Family Photos
Candid Family Photos
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Hello. Thank you for visiting.  I am Steph, owner of Steph Kines Photo, specializing in working with young families, expecting women and growing babies in the Philadelphia area.  I hope you found my How to Prep Your Family for our Photography Session | Main Line PA blog feature helpful and inspiring.  If you are interested in booking a photography session and would like to talk more about how we will spend our time together, let’s connect here.  Finding your photographer can take time, so if you would like to follow along and see more behind the scenes, follow me on Instagram.

Steph is Philadelphia’s Natural Newborn Photographer, specializing in finding light and connection in your own space.  She offers maternity, family, milestone and newborn photography in a warm, natural and unexpected way.  Her clients love that her sessions are child-led which means giving space and guidance to young children to be themselves in their own environment.  This leads to more true reflection of your family at this time in your life.  All clients receive a collection of prints and the rights to fully edited digital files.  Steph can design custom, heirloom albums and assist with wall galleries to display in your home.  I invite you to learn more about the quality and feel of my offered products and art with this blog post.


Steph serves Philadelphia, Bucks County and The Main Line including:

Bryn Mawr  |  Media   |  Main Line  |  Gladwyne  |  Villanova  |  Radnor   |  Narberth   |  Wynwood   |  Ardmore  |   Malvern   |  Strafford  |   Chestnut Hill   |  Haverford   |  Merion   |  Penn Valley  |   Doylestown   |  New Hope   |  North Wales   |  Lansdale   |  Harleysville   |  Newtown Square  |  Collegeville

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