You’ve booked a photographer and are ready to have your adorable toddler or baby captured at his or her best. But if you really want the best, you’re going to have to be prepared for the worst.
Toddlers and babies are about the most unpredictable subjects around when it comes to getting a picture taken. A short photo session that’s supposed to capture your baby’s sweet smile can end up a screaming match with tears.
Here are a few tips to make the most of your children’s photo session and get the most beautiful photos possible:
- Hire the right photographer: Find someone who specializes in young children. They will be able to read your toddler’s mood and coax them out of it with all sorts of tricks. Kids know when someone is a “kid” person. If your child takes to women over men, hire a woman, or vice versa.
- Bring a bag of tricks: More than anyone else, you know what makes your child happy. Bring a tote bag filled with your toddler’s favorite toys, snacks and books to the photo studio or location where the shoot is taking place. If a stuffed Elmo is the only thing that can make your kid smile, make sure you have it with you!
- Have some warm-up time: Toddlers often need a few minutes to explore a new space and warm up to a new face. Build in an extra 10-15 minutes for your child to get used to his or her surroundings before you begin.
- Wardrobe worries: What to wear, what to wear? Avoid anything with logos, pictures or words on it. Also avoid super busy patterns—the focus will be off your child if his outfit is too distracting. Look for colors that flatter your baby (white or other light colors often wash babies out) and think about the background or surroundings your child will be photographed in when you choose his outfit.
- Photo finish:What are you doing with the photos? Hanging them on a wall? Using them on a holiday card? If you’re using them for a holiday card and want a holiday vibe, don’t take a shot of your daughter in her favorite sundress. And if you’re thinking about using a bunch of the photos for a collage, you may want to consider two or three wardrobe changes.