Preparing for Family Photos with a Toddler
Taking family photos is an exciting and sentimental way to capture memories. When your family includes a toddler, it can seem like an extra challenge. The key is to be prepared. Here are some tips for preparing for family photos with a toddler in tow.
Plan Ahead of Time
The best way to ensure success in any endeavor is to plan ahead. With a toddler, planning ahead can make all the difference between having a stress-free day and chaos. Start by setting aside time before the photoshoot to discuss expectations with your partner and toddler. Talk about what type of behaviors you expect from them during the shoot, as well as what kind of poses or activities you’d like them to do. You can even practice beforehand, so that your little one gets used to posing for photos and knows what’s expected of them when it comes time for the actual shoot.
The last thing you want during your photo session is an impatient and hungry toddler! Make sure you have snacks available throughout the session, especially if it’s going to be a long one. It will help keep your little one happy and energized during the entire session—which means more beautiful pictures!
Toddlers can be unpredictable; they may love something one minute, then hate it the next! To avoid potential meltdowns or disasters during your photoshoot, remain flexible and open-minded while still sticking to a plan. Don’t be afraid to go with the flow if things don’t turn out exactly how you planned; some of the best pictures come from spontaneous moments! If needed, take breaks or change up poses frequently so that everyone stays engaged and interested throughout the session.
Preparing for family photos with a toddler doesn’t have to be stressful; just remember these tips! Plan ahead of time, bring snacks along for your little one, and remain flexible throughout the session—you never know when something unexpected might happen that leads to great photos! Most importantly, focus on enjoying this special moment with your family rather than stressing over getting everything perfect—you’ll treasure these memories forever!
Kylee started Kylee Ann Photography 9 years ago, and has since grown from a one woman amateur show to a full associate team. We shoot 50-75 weddings a year, and thrive on kindness and service. After a year of teaching Intro to Photography at the local technical college, she discovered that helping other entrepreneurs create thriving businesses is what fires her up! She hosts semi-annual Kylee Ann Sleepovers all over the US, speak at conferences and teach online courses about running a small business and marketing.