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  • Writer's pictureArika Mueller

6 Tips to Prepare Fussy Toddlers for a Photography Session

Getting a good photo of your toddler can sometimes feel like herding cats if you're a parent. They're wiggly, fussy, and never seem to sit still long enough to get a decent shot. However, you can do a few things to help make the photography session go more smoothly. In this blog post, we will share six tips to help make the photography session go more smoothly. Following these tips can help your toddler stay calm and cooperative and finally get that perfect family photo. So read on, and get ready to say cheese!

Give them a light snack before the session to avoid hunger.

Toddlers can be unpredictable creatures. They may be full of energy one minute and tired the next. This can make it difficult to know how to best care for them, especially regarding photography sessions. One way to help ensure that your toddler has a great experience is to feed them a light snack before the session begins. This will help to stave off hunger and avoid any potential meltdowns. Of course, every child is different, so it's always best to talk with your photographer beforehand to get their expert opinion on how to best care for your little one. Bringing small snacks with is also a wonderful option!

Dress them in comfortable clothes that they can quickly move around in.

It's essential to dress your toddler in comfortable clothes so they can quickly move around during the photography session. Avoid restrictive clothing that might impede their movement or make them uncomfortable. Instead, opt for loose-fitting clothes that allow your toddler to explore and play while still looking cute in the photos. Bright colors and patterns are always a good choice, as they add excitement and visual interest to the photos.

Bring along some of their favorite toys or books to keep them occupied.

Like most parents, you want to capture every moment of your child's life on camera. But if you've ever tried to take a picture of a toddler, you know that they can be a bit... unpredictable. That's why it's always a good idea to bring along some of their favorite toys or books to keep them occupied during the photography sessions. Not only will this help to keep them still, but it will also bring a smile to their face. And who knows? Maybe you'll even get a few good shots of them playing with their toys. Either way, it's always better to be prepared.

Shooting in studio: Make sure the room is warm and inviting, with plenty of natural light.

Taking great photos isn't just about having the best camera equipment. The environment in which you take the photo can make all the difference in the quality of the final image. That's why it's essential to ensure the photography room is warm and inviting, with plenty of natural light. The correct setting can help create the perfect mood for your photos and make it easier to get the lighting right. So if you're serious about taking great photos, be sure to create a space that's conducive to success.

Outdoor sessions offer a little more space for little ones to run, and plenty of natural lighting! Of course weather permitting!

Talk to them calmly and reassuringly throughout the session.

Preparing your toddler for a photography session can be difficult. After all, most toddlers are naturally fidgety and prone to tantrums. However, you can do a few things to help make the experience more enjoyable for everyone involved. First, try to relax and be patient. Toddlers can sense when their parents are tense, so take a few deep breaths and focus on remaining calm. Second, talk to your toddler throughout the session, letting them know what's happening and why. Explaining the process in simple terms will help to reduce their anxiety. Finally, be prepared to take breaks as needed. If your toddler is getting overwhelmed or tired, take a break and come back when they're feeling refreshed.

Praise them for any progress they make during the session.

It's important to praise your toddler for any progress they make during a photography session - even if it's just keeping still for a few seconds! This will help to encourage them and build their confidence. A few words of encouragement can go a long way, so don't be afraid to speak up and let your toddler know you're proud of them. And if they stay still for a long time, give them a big hug and tell them how amazing they did!

In the end- Have fun! Let them play! Let them be themselves! Get on their level. And again, it’s ok if they have their favorite toy or blanket in the shot, because the point is that you’re letting them be themselves, and it’s great for memory value. Capture what makes them happy and you’ll get a fantastic shot. I also love having those genuine photos!

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