How To Prepare Your Toddler For A Great Photoshoot!
For you moms and dads out there who want to take professional photos of your children but are scared your kids wont cooperate. Here are 4 tips to get the best photos possible.
Depending on your child’s age wanting them to be still and smile longer than 5 seconds is unrealistic. Many parents and photographers loose their minds trying to get perfectly posed shots. If your toddler wont sit down and listen to you read a story, how could they possibly sit still for an hour long photoshoot.
Its important to let your toddler be a toddler. The best captures are ones when they are being themselves and letting their personality flow. Nothing better than to embrace what your toddler gives you! If they would rather stand up and give you kisses on the cheek then let them do it! Forcing them to pose will cause for discomfort and an unsuccessful photoshoot.
Having simple wardrobe is key for 2 reasons.
You don’t want your child to be competing with the attention of their clothing. The viewer should be drawn to the child not their clothes. I’ve seen a lot of parents come to a photoshoot with very complicated 5 piece wardrobe choice with all the accessories to go with it. Don’t get me wrong they look adorable but the number one thing people say once the photos come out is “OMG their outfit is so cute” NOT “Look how adorable Christian is in this photo, he’s so photogenic” The child is left in the background and their clothes are the focal point of the photograph.
A complicated wardrobe is another distraction for your already active toddler. One session the parents dressed their little guy up in suspenders, bowtie, dress pants, gold bracelets, boots, THE WORKS! He looked absolutely adorable, but he had a hard time walking around because it was the first time he had worn boots. It resulted in him sitting in the mulch on the play ground. Don’t get me wrong the pictures turned out great! But the child was limited on movability. The simpler the better!
Team With Your Photographer
WORK WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a crying and stubborn toddler and the parents look at me like “ Why aren’t you calming our child down” Nobody knows what your child needs better than you, working with the photographer is a must! Here are some important ways you can help:
Make them laugh and smile
Bring their favorite toys / blankets
Drawing their attention to where the Photographer needs.
The most important thing is having fun! when you toddler sees your excitement and joy they will do the same, and feel more comfortable. Photoshoots are supposed to be a fun experience that captures memorable moments! Don’t stress too much.