8 Tips for preparing your child for your session

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. But think of snacks that are simple and no mess. Less editing for me with crumbs on lips!

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 her. 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 favorite shirt or shoes, etc. this will help him feel more comfortable. If his choice of clothing is awful or doesn’t match, see if you can use that shirt as an undershirt or tell him 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 her naptime so she will be well rested and happy for photos.

5. Be creative with incentives that motivate. Often times I bring along little goodie bags for kids to help them be motivated to listen to directions and it also helps them relax knowing I have something special just for them!
 

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6. 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 her when she comes to the session. Tell her that she is going to meet a new friend who is going to take some pictures of her. Let her know that you’ll be there with her and that we are going to have lots of fun. We might change her clothes once or twice and ask her to just have fun. During the session, we can show her a couple of the photos so she can put two and two together.

7. I have lots of trick up my sleeve to gain children's attention leave all that up to me! But something helpful is to know a few of your child's fav things so I can bring them up while talking.

8. 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 he keeps running out of the frame. Or I may have us walking around exploring, so we need to be prepared to keep our feet safe and comfortable.