Ashley Newman Photography
Everything is going perfect. You have the perfect outfit planned, the ideal location, your baby is fed and you are headed to your session.
You unload and get everything set up for pictures and your kiddo does what kiddos do best- the unpredictable- they fuss and cry!!
Toddlers and kids are unpredictable. It happens. The perfect Pinterest picture feels out of reach instantly. Don’t fear! I have some tips to help you through this!
Try Not to Stress
I know, I know. Easier said than done. But adding to the stress by getting upset won’t help. Logically we know this but it can be hard to remember when you really want to have those pictures made.
If we need to stop for snuggles or a break, it’s totally ok! This is actually why I don’t do very many mini sessions- I want to make sure you and your children have time to relax and settle in. There is a lot of pressure when pictures are involved and kids can feel that. Being on a time-crunch adds to it. I got you! Take a deep breath and know that we will get through it.
Bring your child’s favorite treat, drink, or snack. Food is always a good motivator 😉
Bring Toys or a Favorite Item
It’s always a great idea to bring your child’s favorite item! Whatever keeps their attention or will bring out some smiles. It can be as simple as a set of car keys. If it works, it works! Prepare to play games, sing songs and just have a good time.
Prepare for the Elements
No one likes to be uncomfortable. Between the weather and the natural elements, it can be the perfect storm for problems during a session, Consider that for a young baby or toddler, the grass may feel overwhelming, or the texture of the cake might make them cringe. Prepare your child by allowing them time to adjust to these things- try putting them in the grass well before the session to see how they tolerate it. Offer cake before to see if they can get used to it.
Always be prepared for the heat with water or a sunrise session. And always pack bug sprays.
Accept the Unpredictable
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, babies just don’t want to have anything to do with a photo session. That is ok. Remember that whatever mood we capture is still a part of your child and this age. Embrace it and love every moment. I promise, it may feel crazy when you are doing the session, but the results will still be tangible memories you will have to look back on forever.