Does the thought of a family maternity photography session with a toddler scare you? I have a few tips and tricks to help you decide if you’re up to the challenge. Having photos with your first pregnancy is easy. There’s only two people to consider and two adults make a very easy photography session. Fast forward to your second pregnancy and thought of having a toddler in a studio environment is terrifying. Will they behave? How will you enjoy having photos whilst your toddler is being distracting in the background? You’re not alone! It’s perfectly normally to feel like this.
Tips on surviving maternity photos with a family
- Plan well – no one knows your child better than you, so plan the perfect time of day. With studio photography you don’t need to consider the weather or work around sunset. Take advantage of booking your session around your toddler’s sleeping patterns.
- Relax – I have toddlers in the studio all the time and believe it or not I love them. Shy or energetic just like us they come with their own personality and usually a very short attention span. I get it and I have your back. I plan your session to work around a fast moving toddler. Together we organise your photography to suit your family.
- Arrive prepared – bring your toddlers favourite toy or something fun to distract them
- Lastly and it’s pretty important – If you’re booking hair and makeup for yourself bring 2 cars. Enjoy your make over stress free and we can sneak in a few photos of you before your family arrives for photos. The very best behaved toddlers will find it a long time to wait patiently for 2.5 to 3 hours. (allowing 1.5 hour for hair and makeup & 1 to 1.5 for photography)
Traveling time can be an advantage
I’m fortunate to have clients travel from great distances. It’s not unusual for families to travel from the Gold Coast or Ipswich and even out west from Toowoomba. If this is you firstly thank you for making the trip! It’s a privilege I don’t take for granted and appreciate your valuable time. If your toddler sleeps in the car it’s the perfect time to take advantage of this. Book your session to work in with your toddlers routine. Consider having your hair and makeup in the comfort of your home before you travel. That way you’re ready to start as you arrive.