There are mixed opinions on the whole “mini session” experience; but I happen to be a big fan — how else could I see so many of my favorite families over the course of 5 weeks?! Mini sessions are the best for their brevity — in my experience, kids just listen best in those first 10+ minutes; but that brevity can also be the hardest — the time constraint can add stress. Let’s be honest, it’s a challenge to get anywhere on time as a family. Not to mention, trying to get at least one shot for the holiday card or grandparent gift.
As a mom, I totally get the pressure surrounding the holiday session. Here’s the thing: stressed out families don’t generally translate into happy pictures. So, it’s my goal to make this experience as low-stress and dare I say, enjoyable, as possible!
Here are few tips to make that happen :
01 // Dress Comfortably. My “what to wear” post hit the blog on Friday, because I get that dressing a whole family in something somewhat coordinating is a complicated puzzle. Before you run out and buy all the outfits, please keep in mind that comfort is key. Try on the outfits before your shoot — make sure everything fits and there’s no itchy tags or scratchy fabric that might make your child uncomfortable. As the season progresses, dress warmly. Check the weather beforehand and layer up, as needed. Cold kids are grumpy kids, babies especially! Let’s keep them warm and cozy.
02 // Feed the Kids. Forgive me for stating the obvious, but full bellies are happy bellies, so make sure to give your kids a little snack en route. Think something “non-messy” like goldfish or pretzels or raisins. Nothing juice or sticky or brightly colored please. ;)
03 // Get Some Sleep. Easier said then done, I know! Maybe this sounds crazy, but try not to plan a late night right before our time together. PLEASE don’t schedule a session at or during nap time. I know schedules don’t always go as planned, but if at all possible, try to make sure your little one gets some rest before we hang out together. If you think your child might fall asleep in the car on the way to the session, try to leave early so they can get a good nap in. It’s a rare child that is happy when woken from a car nap. I find most need a little time and maybe a snack before they face the world. Plan accordingly.
04 // Arrive Early. My holiday session schedule is booked solid, so to make the most of our time together, I really need you there on time. Plan to arrive at least 5-10 minutes before your scheduled session so that we can hit the ground running. We have a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time. Having your crew ready at “go time” is the best way to start.
05 // Relax. You’ve delivered everyone fed, dressed and ready to be photographed. Take some deep breaths. Relax. Your job is done, and it’s my turn to work! I’m a firm believer that babies and children pick up on stress. The more you can let go and simply enjoy and love on your kids, the better images we will make together. Let me worry about who’s looking at the camera and smiling or not. I’ve been doing this for almost 10 years now, and I’ve seen just about all…
We’re in this together. Don’t you forget it! Thanks for trusting me to document the faces of the people you love most. I can’t wait!