For some of us, preparing our husbands for the family photo session is as exhausting as preparing the kids. If your husband is happy-go-lucky about photo day, that’s excellent. If you’re dealing with someone who’s reluctant, however, then here are some things you can do to help:
Some dads are worried that a crazy photographer is going to push them into some weird, uncomfortable pose and force them to smile. My aim is to capture real emotions and not forced ones so being weird with Dad is not going to help. Respecting him as the head of his home goes a long way to getting him to relax and enjoy himself.
Especially if this is your first session together with the family now that the kids are mobile, let him know how the session will go and discuss your expectations. Also, if you have to bribe the kids, communicate this with him so he can help remind them of the bribery.
Warn him that the kids will probably be crazy or freak out and that he should prepare himself for that. It’s ok if they don’t do what you want. I know how to handle like ones when they don’t do what we want. Let your hubby know he can relax and I’ll take care of it.
Let him know that the more helpful he is in getting himself and the kids ready, the less stressed you will be and the less chance of an argument between you arising.
Remind him that the session is only an hour or so and then it will all be over. This way, he sees a light at the end of the tunnel and can stick it out.
If your husband is being difficult, bribe him to cooperate during the session as well. If it works for the kiddos, it may very well work for him!
And most importantly – remind him that you love him (and that he loves you, and that’s why he’s cooperating with this). Tell him how much you appreciate his support and cooperation in this, and how pleased you are all going to be with the finished photos.
I hope you have a great day!