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How to Survive Family Photos

Recently, we decided to sign ourselves up for the event that is "family photo day." I often find myself browsing Facebook to find former high school friends posting the most adorable family photos with their children. They are dressed to the nines and seem to all be having the best time in the middle of a field or at a park. It's quite hilarious to see what actually goes on behind the scenes on family photo day when you have a toddler.

We take photos all of the time for my blog, but usually all three of us don't have to cooperate at the same time. We had an interesting experience with Noah on our scheduled family photo day a few weeks ago. He literally wanted to run a marathon the entire time. The shoot was a little stressful because I was worried that we weren't getting good photos, and Noah would scream every time we tried to pick him up. It was a tad hard to appear put together and happy like the high school friends in my newsfeed when I was being kicked in the ribs by a 27-pound screaming toddler.

Although our shoot was a bit of a mess, we ended up with some adorable photos that we will treasure forever. I also learned quite a bit during the shoot, so I thought I would share some tips with you guys!

1. There's No Such Thing as Perfect: Tantrums are going to happen and your little one will run all over the place. It's totally normal.

2. Remain Calm: Try not to stress, because it will show on your face. In fact, I would advise drinking a mimosa beforehand if you're into that type of thing. I probably should have taken that advice before our shoot myself!

3. Dress Accordingly: Dress cute, but don't wear something so uncomfortable that you can't move. Stick to basic colors and avoid crazy patterns. Keeping your family in the same colors is a good idea as well.

4. Avoid Shooting Around Nap Time: This is kind of a given, but it's very important. Make sure your little one has already had their nap before you get to the shoot or shoot super early in the day so that they can nap afterwards.

5. Pick a Familiar Location: We went to an awesome spot, but we had never been there before. Noah was so pumped about the new territory that all he wanted to do was explore and play. If your little one is quite the explorer like mine, I would advise picking a more intimate setting—maybe even in the comfort of your own home or backyard.

I hope that those tips were helpful. Feel free to leave some more tips in the comments below. I would love to hear them!

Follow Lee Anne Benjamin's adventures in her blog, Life by Lee.

Image via Lee Anne Benjamin

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