When Mr. Darling showed up with his mommy on Sunday, they treated me to one of the easiest sessions I’ve ever done (including Mess Maker J with 2 assistants). She and her husband do sessions with Mr. Darling all the time and so she was cool, calm, and collected. I asked her to share some tips about being a momsistant. SO, enjoy Mr. Darling and his Darling Mommy’s tips!
“My toddler’s photo sessions usually turn out pretty good. If you have a toddler, you know how unbelievable this sounds, but it’s true. Anytime we’ve set up a photo session either ourselves (amateurs) or with a professional we’ve always had at least a few beautiful pictures that we were really happy with. I’m no expert or toddler whisperer, but I have found a few things that might help my fellow toddler parents
1. Plan for the worst.
2. Don’t quit right when things go wrong & they will go wrong.
3. Hope for one good photo.
4. Take extra clothes. At least an extra top. Planning to change your toddler into several outfits during a session is not what I’m talking about. That’s torture. Just take something else that will look good in photos if they decide to ruin whatever they are currently wearing. If you forget this, ask your photographer to help you brainstorm an alternative before giving up. Kids look adorable dressed up in adults clothes. Or in towels for beach or bath time pics. Or wrapped in a blanket reading a book.
5. Take something that will get their attention. I sometimes take an arsenal and sometimes I only take one thing. At our last outdoor session for Christmas pictures I had mugs filled with mini marshmallows, bubbles, books, his red trike, blankets, & a stuffed animal. I used all of these in the pictures and as distractions. He ate almost two bags of mini marshmallows that day, but we ended up with about a dozen beautiful photos during a very cold & windy 30 minute session. My last mini session was easy. Another mom was the photographer, so her own kids toys made the best distractions, along with props for the shoot.
6. Get in a few of the pictures. Most of our photo sessions are of our little one, but believe me they’ll value a picture with you in it so much more later. You don’t have to look perfect and you don’t have to hang the picture you in it on the wall, but just get in the picture. And it also helps to calm them down again. I try to stick with under 30 minutes of photos, so about 15 minutes in I get cuddles from my little one. I may play along with him or get him to dance or laugh if he’s not having such a good time. And at the end of a session I get the feeling that he doesn’t even realize the camera was on him.”
Thank you to Momma Darling for sharing these tips! I am learning from every client and I am loving it!