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How to best prepare for a family videoshoot?

How to best prepare for a family videoshoot?

When I start out filming a family, there is that funny out-of-the-corner-of-the-eye “look” that the parents are walking around with. At least, for a half an hour: they are checking on me, where I am, what I’m doing, and I see their muscles tighten every time the kids make a move. Doesn’t even have to be a bold one, they are being children after all 😉

So to ease the pain and the self-consciousness of the moment, here are some tips how to prepare yourself – mentally – that you’ll be filmed on your family day out.

  • First and foremost: Relax!

This is important. Go with the flow, and be the relaxed person you are usually off-camera. You don’t have to micro-manage anyone to have a great shoot (or a superb film for that matter), this is after all, not Hollywood, and I’m certainly not David Fincher!

  • You know the drill already with kids I’m sure: everything happens at least twice. Or a hundred times, right?

Don’t worry about that either, let the children go, play, try things out – it’s all the better for me. I’m getting my “takes”, while they slide again and again (or do something for the n-th time). When you take a deep breath and relax, kids will feel it, and they will allow themselves to be on their (almost) best behavior 😉

  • Use your natural voice, to sound like yourself.

This is again about control. Well, more like: letting go of it. Take a couple of deep breaths, and think of what will be the end result: a beautifully edited film, a moment in time with your loved ones – plus you on it!

  • If the worst should happen…

And I mean like something that would cause the kids to cry, scream, or fall and have a nosebleed – well, that’s part of your family’s story as well. No one ever will see what you don’t want me to show, remember that. Also, this is not live television, I’m cutting the cranky, noisy, bloody –  big time!

  • Just concentrate on what matters most: have fun with your family time.

Think about how to make the best out of it for your kids and remember yourself as well in the process (so plan that coffee time for yourself along with the snacks for the little ones too). Think of your spouse, how you two can giggle about something that is your family “lingo”, and no-one else can understand it. Just be yourself.

And don’t forget to have a good night’s sleep before 😉

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