From someone who has been a Massachusetts family photographer (and mom!) for years, I know photos can seem stressful. But they don’t have to!
Step 1- hire a photographer who will take the pressure off you and your family. A great photographer will get beautiful photos of your family, even when a little toddler chaos is thrown into the mix 😉
6 Tips for Stress-Free photos:
1. Prepare in advance
Preparation is key, especially if you’re giving birth between now and our session together. Gather everything you need beforehand! Lay your outfits out the night before your Boston family photos! Don’t forget to pack a bag with snacks and anything else your little one(s) might need to minimize stress the morning of.
2. Try not to set expectations
“Ok, everyone pull it together and be on your best behavior!” Sound familiar? Welp, same. That was me last month for my own family session. Spoiler alert: everyone was NOT on their best behavior and there were tears because #toddlers
I do this for a living and it happens- that’s reality! Good photographers will go with the flow and find ways to get everyone involved.
3. Make it no big deal
One of my biggest tips when it comes to bringing toddlers to a photography session is to not over prepare them. The more you tell them they’ll need to sit and smile, the less excited they may be. Instead, tell them that you’re going to take pictures with your friend, *photog’s name* and she/he will need their help to take photos!
4. Let your photographer take the lead
It can be hard when kids are directed by several adults at once. Consider letting your photographer take the lead!
5. Don’t put pressure on yourself
It can be so easy to just focus on the way we look, but in years to come your babies won’t notice your makeup, or if your hair was slightly out of place. What they will notice is YOU. You loving on them and having fun in those moments.
6. Being present is key
Take the opportunity to unplug, enjoy the moment, be present, and remember why you’re doing this. You’re preserving family memories, making your kids feel loved. No expectations, no worries about the end result, just be yourselves – your photog can handle the rest.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m Molly, owner of Molly Katherine Photographer, a Boston newborn photographer specializing in young and growing families. I hope you enjoyed my “4 Tips for Stress-Free Sessions | Massachusetts Family Photographer“ feature.
Molly Katherine is a newborn & family photographer serving families in Boston and MetroWest MA. She offers maternity, newborn and family photography that is simplistic and timeless. Her clients love that they can choose how they want to enjoy their images; digitals or printed artwork to share and enjoy for years to come.
If you love these photos, and you are looking for a Massachusetts family photographer, I would love to personalize a session for your family. To see more of my work, check out my portfolio here.
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