You know you are going to get some gorgeous family pictures that you will treasure forever. You are also worried that your youngsters (or husband) are going to be a nightmare. Just keep relaxed yourself and all the rest of the family will be fine too.
So here are some fast tricks you can apply at any instance you feel a little stressed, not only at your photo session.
Count slowly down from 10.
As you count down, simply breathe slowly and unwind your shoulders.
In through the nose, out through the mouth. Calm, slow, deep breathing is a well known relaxation technique.
Laugh and Giggle
If your child is being a little monkey, then pick them up, give them a tickle and tell them in a happy way they are being a little monkey.
Be prepared to be silly.
Maybe both you and your youngsters need the tension breaking. A fast game of piggy back, or walking like a chicken, dancing, singing or spinning might be all it takes to go to the next level.
Don't get cross.
Really, that is when it is all going to go wrong. I understand that youngsters won't always co-operate and I am happy to work round it. If they are not doing what I've asked, then I will change tack and shoot something around them.