PREPARE in advance –
Preparation is key, especially if you’re giving birth between now and your session date. Gather everything you need beforehand (I provide a complete packing list for all my clients!) so it’s ready for you to grab and go on session day.
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, present in their memories, loving on them and having fun with them in those moments.
BEING present is key –
Take this time 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 – and your photographer will handle the rest.
MAKE it no big deal –
One of my biggest tips when it comes to bringing toddlers to a photo 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. You can tell them that you’re going to take pictures with your friend *insert photog’s name* and she/he will need their help to take photos!
LEAVE the expectations behind –
Take the pressure off and trust that your photographer will get beautiful photos of your family, even if a little toddler chaos is thrown into the mix 😉 Be reassured that they don’t need to sit still or look a certain way – choose a photographer who will celebrate their personality, just as they are.
Molly is a Boston-based newborn and family photographer…
specializing in simplistic, timeless portraits. As a photograph-loving mom of two toddlers, Molly is passionate about serving fellow busy moms who value photography, but don’t necessarily have the time (or energy!) to worry about things like wardrobe, location, or designing heirloom quality artwork.
With those things taken care of, you can focus on what’s most important: MAKING MEMORIES with your family.
Interested in a portrait session for your family? I would love chat more about planning your personalized session experience. You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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