Here are some of the things my husband and I did to help prepare our toddler for our family photos that you can do before your next family photo session!
1. Tell them what to expect
In the weeks before our session, we made sure to mention the pictures frequently, explaining exactly what to expect when the big day arrived! Here’s an example of how a conversation before our photo session might have gone:
“This weekend, we are going to do something fun as a family! You and mommy and daddy are all going to get dressed up in these nice outfits, and then we will go to a new park and one of mommy’s friends will be there to take our pictures! Her name is Ms. Sharon, and she has a camera just like I do! She will show you some of the pictures on her camera, too, just like when mommy takes your picture!”
2. Keep it positive!
3. Make sure they are fed and well-rested
With a session scheduled at the end of the day, we also tried really hard to make sure that he had a good, long nap. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, he decided he did not need a nap that day, but instead of stressing about it, we accepted it for what it was and tried to make the best of the situation!
4. Bring another adult along
During our photo session this past weekend, this was truly the “behind the scenes” piece that saved the day! Our photographer, Sharon, was so amazing and positive and patient, but in spite of all our good preparation, our son was… not the most willing participant. I was so grateful that we had asked my mom to come along with us for this very reason! While the kiddo was off taking breaks with Gramma, my husband and I were able to use that time to snag tons of gorgeous photos of just the two of us and then bring him back in for more family photos when he was ready!