9 tips for preparing your child for their session

May 9, 2017

Your session is right around the corner! Are you ready? We’ve prepared a checklist of things for you to  remember in order to make sure your child is prepared for their big day! 

1. Don’t forget to feed your child before the session. Also, pack snacks just in case hunger strikes again while we’re shooting.

2. Bring more than one outfit. Make sure you always have backup clothes just in case. And we suggest that you don’t change your child into their session clothing until after you have fed them. Also, be very careful with drinks, as well – only clear liquids in a safe cup. 

3. Let your child help when picking out their clothes for the session (unless they have a hideous sense of fashion.) By letting your child wear his/her favorite shirt or shoes, etc. this will help him/her feel more comfortable. If his/her choice of clothing is awful or doesn’t match, see if you can use that shirt as an undershirt or tell his/her s/he can put it on for a couple of shots at the end of the session. 

4. If you have a young child, try to schedule the session around his/her naptime so s/he will be well -rested and happy for photos.

5. Have a bribe in place. Bring fruit snacks, candy, a toy, etc. and let him/her know that if s/he cooperates s/he will get said bribery. Some parents have bribed their children by telling them if they are good, they can watch Netflix on Mommy or  Daddy’s phone. Use whatever you think will work for your child to motivate him/her to cooperate.

6. Bring along his/her favorite toy or blanket. This will help your child be comfortable in a new, unfamiliar surrounding. Just be aware that this will probably become a prop in some of the photos, so bring something that is pleasing to the eyes or has sentimental value and you’d be okay with photos of it.

7. Talk to your child about the session and explain what’s going to happen. If your child is informed about the situation, it will be less scary for him/her when s/he comes to the session. Tell him/her that s/he is going to meet a new friend who is going to take some pictures of him/her. Let him/her know that you’ll be there with him/her and that we are going to have lots of fun. We might change his/her clothes once or twice and ask him/her to sit a certain way. During the session, we can show him/her a couple of the photos so s/he can put two and two together.

8. Bring Grandma (or someone else your child loves). Bringing along reinforcements is always a good plan. If grandma lives close by, or if your child’s favorite uncle has the day off of work, bring him or her with you. You can use this family member to help get your child to relax and laugh.

9. Wear sturdy shoes. It is a good idea to wear good, sturdy shoes to a session like this, as. it’s challenging to chase a little one around in flip- flops or heels. During the session, I may ask you to grab your child if s/he keeps running out of the frame. Or we may walk around exploring, so we need to be prepared to keep our feet safe and comfortable.

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