The Santa Experience with Molly Katherine Photography has become a Massachusetts family favorite and we’re already starting to plan for 2024! Last year our sessions in Newburyport, MA filled up fast. Get your email on the early registration list so you don’t miss out.
As a Boston photographer who offers mini sessions, here’s what you need to know:
My go-to tips for a stress-free Boston mini session!
1. Prepare in advance
Lay your outfits out the night before and pack a bag with snacks and anything else your little one might need to minimize stress the morning of. Getting the entire family out of the house is HARD. As a toddler mom myself, I know this all too well. Give yourself some extra time and factor in a coffee stop…caffeine cures all. 😉
2. Try not to set expectations
“Ok, everyone pull it together and be on your best behavior!” 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! Family photographers love babies and toddlers, and while your kiddos causing a little chaos during the session may stress you out, it shouldn’t bother your photographer. Kids feel our energy, so try not to stress and remember some of the best moments end up being the candids.
3. Let your photographer lead
It can be hard when little ones are directed by several adults at once. Consider letting your photographer taking the lead! A good photographer will have plenty of tricks up their sleeve to engage with your kiddos and get them involved.
4. Consider decor/theme
Is your photographer is using a lot of colorful decor? Will there be a busy background? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, consider a neutral color palette for your outfits. Check out this blog post for more wardrobe advice: What to Wear to Your Boston Holiday Mini Session. Being thoughtful about your clothing choices is important for holiday sessions; you don’t want to clash or compete with the backdrop.
5. Styling is important
Is this session just for the kids or will you be joining in? Coordinating outfits becomes more important the more people you add. You’ll want your outfits to complement each other to give your photographs a cohesive look. Are you attending holiday minis? Festive pajamas are always a great way to get some more casual, playful photos for your annual holiday card. PJ’s are always a huge hit at my mini sessions! Here are a few of my favorite places to shop for jammies: Burt’s Bees Baby, Rylee + Cru, Old Navy
BONUS #6: Arrive on time!
Mini sessions are short (5-10 minutes tops) and most photographers are seeing multiple families back-to-back. Plan to arrive a few minutes early so you can take advantage of your entire time slot.
Looking to book a mini session with Santa in 2024?
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Molly Katherine is a newborn photographer serving families in Boston and MetroWest MA. Molly provides a full-service experience ideal for busy Boston moms and their modern families. With a curated wardrobe, light-filled studio space and custom heirloom artwork design, Molly serves her clients well every step of the way. If you are drawn to simplistic, connection-filled images and are searching for a Boston maternity or newborn photographer, we may be a great fit.
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