Deirdre Mulhern Photography

Main Line & Philadelphia Area Photographer

Playful Portraits: Low Stress Photo Sessions with Kids

Have you ever found yourself stressed to the max trying to get that perfect family photo? I hear you! As a mom myself and someone who’s spent over 15 years working in elementary schools, I’ve had my fair share of experience with kids. And let me tell you, when it comes to capturing those precious moments on camera, keeping it playful and light is the key to success. My goal is keep your photo session as low stress as possible.

Let’s face it, kids can be unpredictable little beings. They have their own agendas, their own ideas of fun, and sometimes, their own meltdowns. But guess what? That’s okay! When it comes to photo sessions with young kids, I’ve learned that going with the flow is essential.

So, what’s the secret to a happy photo session? It’s simple: no forced smiles and lots of playtime! A good photographer understands that kids thrive in environments where they feel comfortable and free to be themselves. That means less “say cheese” and more letting the kids take the lead.


Imagine your photo session feeling more like a fun playdate than a formal event. That’s the kind of vibe that brings out those genuine smiles and authentic reactions. A good photographer knows how to engage with your kids, whether it’s through silly games, funny jokes, or just letting them be silly.

And here’s the thing – it’s totally normal if a kid gets upset during the session. Trust me, as a mom, I’ve been there. But instead of freaking out, I plan my sessions with plenty of time for breaks and play. Because let’s be real, sometimes all it takes is a quick snack or a little time to run around and burn off some energy to turn things around.

At the end of the day, it’s not about getting that perfect posed shot. It’s about capturing the genuine moments – the belly laughs, the playful giggles, the silly faces. Those are the moments that you’ll treasure for years to come.

So, the next time you’re gearing up for a family photo session, remember to keep it playful and light. Trust your photographer to follow your kids’ lead and let the magic happen naturally. And if things don’t go exactly as planned, don’t sweat it. Embrace the chaos, enjoy the ride, and cherish the memories. After all, those imperfect moments are what make life beautiful.

To see more of my light hearted and low stress photo sessions with kids check out the gallery page here or my Instagram page!

April 5, 2024

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Deirdre Mulhern