Family pictures are
great – they help you create and remember fond memories of your loving family.
However, this day can get very
stressful, and we want to ensure this doesn’t happen. If you’re stressed it
will show, and we want your photos to be carefree. Here are some tips you can
use on picture day to help you relax:
Take some deep breaths. Deep breathing is a common relaxation method.
It can quickly calm your stress level and you can do it anywhere. Breathe in
through your nose and exhale through your mouth, counting slowly in your head
while letting it all out.
is a great way to release tension. It will also help your family relax to get
some genuine smiles. Have everyone pretend to laugh and they will feel so
ridiculous that they will actually laugh. This will ease everyone into
Count down slowly (in your head) from 10. Take a deep breath
between each number. If you’re still feeling super stressed, start the process
over, back at 10.
Distract yourself. If your family isn’t cooperating and you are
getting stressed, suggest that we play a game or take a walk. This will let
some of the energy out and also give us some good interacting photos. Prior to
your session, think of a short game that your family would enjoy – it could be
something like duck, duck, goose, or dancing to head, shoulders, knees, and
You can also distract
yourself by going to your ‘happy place.’ Try to take yourself out of the
situation you’re in and let your mind wander.
Trace your hand. Take your finger and trace a figure eight on
the palm of your opposite hand. This helps relieve stress and muscle tension.
Give lots of XOXOs. Not only
will these make for cute poses, but one of the most effective ways to relieve
stress is to hug someone or to kiss them. Gather your family in a big group
hug, or give your husband a kiss and let your worries melt away.