Prepping your little ones

Let's face it: babies + toddlers are not the first to listen or cooperate. We want perfection, and they are the first to remind us that perfection doesn't exist. Still, we can get close! Consider everything that you can control when it comes to their moods: is she generally happier in the morning? Then an early session it is! Does he love his stuffed animal? Then let him hold it in the photos. Do they laugh at your silly jokes? Then stand behind me and keep 'em coming! With a little grace + space, we can capture your child's true character.

 
Summer family photos at the lake in Frisco, Colorado | Prepping your Little Ones for Portrait Sessions | Keeping Composure Photography

think ahead

Before your session, pack a bag with snacks, water and any small objects (like toys or lollipops) that might help us get their attention when it’s time for them to look at the camera. Noisemakers are great for the wee-little ones, too! If they are old enough to understand, help prepare them for what to expect before the session starts. Explain how much the photos mean to you so they know to be on their best behavior. Maybe practice smiling together and taking photos at home! A lot of families pick something fun as a treat after the session if they’re good listeners, like an ice cream cone or toy store visit, for example. It also helps if their bellies are full and they’ve has some good rest beforehand.

Winter family photos in Frisco, Colorado | Prepping your Little Ones for Portrait Sessions | Keeping Composure Photography

Stay warm!

If you have young kids or don't want to brave the cold, make sure your outfit choices include cute jackets, coats + hats that you want photographed (that will keep everyone more comfortable and you can get some pics of them playing in the snow!). And don't forget the shoes: bring warm, appropriate shoes for the session (i.e. if it's a winter shoot, make sure they don't just have flat Converse or something similar). 

Winter family photos near Breckenridge, Colorado | Prepping your Little Ones for Portrait Sessions | Keeping Composure Photography

kids run the show

Once your prepare them physically and mentally, then feel free to give them (and you!) a little grace + space! They’re young, and we all know that some days just don’t go as planned. I will make sure to get you the best photos possible, regardless of their moods. My goal is to make this as fun + stress-free as it possibly can be for you and your family!