This picture shows a good example of a parent being helpful. Even if you don’t particularly want to have your face included in the photographs, you can play a supporting role.
For slightly older children, it is helpful if you can encourage your child to chat to me (e.g. “Why don’t you tell Jane what we did on Saturday?”). It would be useful to let me know at the start of the session, or by e.mail beforehand, about your child’s favourite topics, TV programs, activities etc.
It is not helpful to stand off to one side and call your child’s name or tell them to smile – unless you want pictures of them with fake smiles, not looking at the camera. If your child feels happier looking towards you, or you feel you can get great expressions from them by making funny faces or telling jokes, then you really need to stand right behind me – and then move quickly when I step backwards!
But otherwise, it’s best just to take a back seat and let me talk to them.
Finally, two more useful things to do are: 1) Keep gently moving your child towards the centre of the backdrop, where the lighting will be best. (although I’d rather wait for them to come back on their own than make them cross or upset) and 2) Be ready with a tissue to wipe runny noses.