HELPFUL TIPS FOR PARENTS WITH SMALL CHILDREN:
Don’t make them do anything.
No need to tell kids to smile. We are going to have fun and make this a game. The more pressure anyone feels to “perform” the more likely that stressed expression will come across in photos. I like to create a space of freedom for children to be themselves and explore the surroundings. We can take posed shots too, but I love catching children do their own thing. Those will be the shots you’ll fondly look back on in 10 years.
Let's team up because stranger anxiety.
When trying to get a toddler to smile, being a stranger with a camera can create an odd energy for younger children. I might ask you to play peek-a boo behind my back, dance silly, or make funny faces with me. Often just laughing yourself is enough to draw out a beautiful smile from your little babes.
Bring their favorite toy.
When it comes to photographing little ones, I love when parents bring the child’s favorite toy, or special blanket to our shoot. How fun to have a beautiful image of your child with their meaningful items. A kid-friendly music playlist on your phone might help your little ones get playful around the camera. I also love balloons, and bubbles. What are some of your kid’s favorite things? Bring those items along!
Kids can sense worry and stress from adults and it rubs off on them. Depending on time of day, level of hangry, and how much sleep they got the night before, toddlers may be cranky. Really, don't worry, we will capture beautiful images. Consider your child’s needs when planning your photo session. Bring water and a light snack, or a big messy one and we can photograph that experience last, after all the clean shots!