Trouble Free Toddler and Newborn Photos
Free Guide for Parents and Newborn Photographers
Fast, Fresh and Friendly- It’s not just Hot Dog on a Stick’s motto, it’s also the 3 F’s of trouble-free toddler and newborn photos. I know you are curious… Yes, I worked at a Hot Dog on a Stick when I was a kid. Funny hat and all! That is a story for another day though.
Parents often worry about how older siblings are going to do for photo sessions. Let’s dive in to the 3 F’s of toddler and newborn photography so we can get amazing photos from those tricky toddlers and tiny newborns.
I’m sure it’s no surprise to you, that toddlers can have tiny attention spans at times. They can go from having fun, to total melt down in a matter of moments. That is why it is so important to move fast when photographing toddlers. As soon as you have the image you were after, it’s time to move on to the next set.
I find it is very important to give the older siblings a break while you are safely getting the newborn ready for the next pose. It is kind of like an on off switch. When the switch is off, you can safely pose the newborn while the parents are keeping an eye on their older sibling. When the switch is on it is time to MOVE. Get that toddler close but with safety in mind.
Keeping things interesting and always changing is super important when photographing toddlers. This can be as simple as changing the pose or switching tools. Tools? Peek-a-boo, bubbles, tickle flower, flying monkeys, toys from home, there are so many things that can be used to make the photos interesting for older siblings. At my photo studio, I have Waldo the reindeer. He is a festive fella that squeaks. He knows the funniest tricks! Even on the best of days, Waldo is only funny for a little while. When it stops being funny, that is when I know it is time to try another tool/trick. Keeping things always changing will make for interested toddlers.
Keeping things friendly and light is probably the most important part of doing newborn and toddler photos. Toddlers and babies are incredible and can sense different feelings in the room. They can feel stress, frustration and anger. Luckily, they can also feel excitement, happiness and love. Let’s talk about the different ways to keeps the session light and friendly.
We all know how excited everyone one is to meet the new baby; I make sure the toddler knows how excited I am to meet them! As soon as I meet big brother/sister for the first time, I start making the session very much about them. I say things like; “Wow! Is that YOUR new baby?” “Are you a big brother/sister now?” This is such a special time for your family and older brother/sister should also feel special.
With 3 boys of my own, I know how important it is for older siblings to feel involved. I love coming up with ways for them to “help” and have fun. You can ask the older sibling to grab diapers, wipes, maybe even a small prop. If the parents can’t decide between two items, ask the sibling! Getting them involved will make them feel like they are an important part of the photo session.
I hope this guide was helpful. Just remember, keep it Fast, Fresh and Friendly and you will end up with the most beautiful toddler and newborn photos!
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