I know that I say every session is a favorite, buttttttt that’s the life of a Darien Baby Photographer. I just cannot get enough of all of the newborns I’ve had the joy of photographing this year!
I am going on my third year as a newborn photographer in Darien, so I am starting to see more and more families grow. Photographing one child is always an honor, but it’s the best feeling when they come back for their second or third baby with me. It was so fun to see (and photograph) big brother, Carter, in his new role!
Michael was so content. He loved to be swaddled, curled up perfectly for his solo-photos and slept through most of the family photos. And you guys, this sweet boy is SO cute. He may win the award for the most hair this year and the most defined features. It’s those little details about your brand new baby you never want to forget.
Angelina met us at the studio to do Momma’s hair and makeup while I got started with Dad and the boys! Momma wore one of our classic blue Show Me Your Mumu dresses from the client closet. I love this dress because it truly does look good on everyone, and the fit is perfect for postpartum. If you’re a nursing Momma, it’s also great for that should you need to feed baby during your newborn session. Carter is also wearing an outfit from the client closet, making it super easy for Mom and Dad!
Preparing Your Toddler
Even though I am a photographer, I still get those same pre-session jitters as you do. I still worry about how my children will cooperate and if we will get any good photos. I’ll let you in on a little secret….we always do and I promise you will too!
Here are a few tips I have learned along the way as both a Mom and a Newborn and Family Photographer.
Make sure your kids are rested. Try to make sure your kids are in bed at a normal time. The night before your session is not the night to let them stay up late. If they are at the age where naps are still needed, let me know and we will work your session around it as best we can. Mid-morning sessions tend to work better for young toddlers.
Feed your kids before the session + bring snacks. Have a snack on the way or right before you leave and feel free to bring things with you in case the kids need a little snack break. Small bite-size and clean snacks are great – we don’t want anything messy.
Let your kids play! If your kids are having fun and playing, we are getting great photos. My goal is to get one good photo of everyone looking at the camera and the rest of the time, I want to beautifully capture the authenticity, the connection, and the emotion of your family. I have lots of tricks, games and bribes to try to keep the kids engaged and having fun.
The most difficult ages are from 18 months to age 2.5. Young toddlers can be a tough crowd and they aren’t always going to be smiling during photos, despite everyone’s best efforts! As long as they are content (and not having a meltdown) it is a win!
Please do not punish or threaten your kids during the session as it tends to have a worse effect on the images. I find it’s best to try to turn off the parenting hate (I know that’s easier said than done) and let me direct your kids.
The most important tip… JUST KEEP SMILING!!!
Kristin Wood Photography, LLC specializes in Newborn, Maternity and Family Photography serving Fairfield County and surrounding areas including Greenwich, Westport, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Stamford, Fairfield, New Haven, Manhattan, and Westchester County. If you are interested in booking a session, please contact me here.
I would love to begin planning a portrait session for you. Whether you want an outdoor beach or field setting or a cozy in-studio or in-home setting, we will design the perfect session to suit your family. I provide a luxury photography experience with a full client closet, personalized wardrobe styling, hair and makeup artists, and custom album and wall art designs for your home.
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