A lot of parents love taking professional photos of their kids simply because they know that these are keep sakes that they will cherish forever. Yet, when it comes to the actual photoshoot, not everything goes as planned as there’s a good chance your baby might be fussy, tearful or have an epic meltdown in front of the camera.
That’s why we have ten different ways that you can keep your baby happy and calm on photoshoot day. Some of these might work while some of these might not, but that’s just because every baby and their temperament is different. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t try to keep them calm or at least happy while the photographer does his or her job. Here’s what you need to know.
First and foremost, bring your child’s favorite toy. It doesn’t matter if it’s small or big, as long as it puts a smile on your child’s face and makes the photographer’s job a little easier, that’s all that matters. Children often get distracted with something that brings them comfort or something that is simply familiar to them.
Whether it’s a doll, a car, a lovey or something that helps them fall asleep at night, definitely bring it with you for the shoot. This might be especially helpful if your child gets scared or doesn’t want to cooperate with your and the person behind the camera.
A lot of parents think that the less people there are behind the camera, the easier the photoshoot will be but that’s not always true. As a matter of fact, you’d be surprised by just how much help an older sibling can be. More often than not it might be the older brother or sister who will help make the photoshoot successful, especially if he or she participates in it.
All you have to do is having the older brother or sister play with their younger sibling or better yet, just have them pose side by side or in the same setting.
If you have a small baby or a toddler at home, by now you probably know that it’s not a good idea to ever leave the house without snacks. As a matter of fact, many moms make sure that they have emergency snacks in their purse or diaper bag at all times because you just never know when your tot will have a snack attack!
If you thought your hungry often got the worst of you, just imagine how it feels to be a hungry baby or a hungry toddler who is expected to smile through a photoshoot without his or her favorite carrot stick or goldfish in their hands.
This might not work out all the time, but if at all possible, schedule the photoshoot around your baby’s schedule. In other words, do it when they feel fully rested and ready to put their best foot (or tiny little toe) forward. Your best bet is to schedule their photoshoot after their nap.
While this might not work for your schedule or even the photographer’s schedule, keep in mind who the star of the show is here. You want your little model to look their best and of course feel their best, too. But this won’t happen if they haven’t slept for a long stretch or period of time. Unfortunately, a small nap during the car ride to the photoshoot might not cut it, either.
If you are a breastfeeding mama, then by all means do what nature intended you to do, especially if you have a cranky or hungry baby on your hands. If you hired a photographer that often works with babies, he or she should understand.
Bring your breastfeeding cover or if you are comfortable enough, do your magic mama until your baby feels comfortable or ready enough to pose for the cameras. Now, you don’t want to breastfeed your baby to sleep otherwise it will be a hard time to wake him or her up for the photoshoot that you were intended to do!
While toys work for a lot of babies, others prefer their favorite or a special blanket that they either keep on them or fall asleep with at night. As a matter of fact, a lot of babies end up turning into full-grown toddlers and still carry their blankets with them (and there’s nothing wrong with that).
It serves as something that gives them both safety and security, which will most definitely help during a stressful (or in some cases) or frightening photoshoot. Remember, your child is being in an environment that they aren’t used to so prepare to make it as warm and welcoming as possible.
While a lot of parents would rather have their child be in the spotlight of their photoshoot, if you find that your little bundle of joy just isn’t cooperating with her glamour team, then try being in the photoshoot with your baby girl.
At the end of the day you can always photoshop yourself out or better yet, work with the photographer to find unique ways to only photograph your baby and not you. If your are working with a professional, he or she should be able to give you some ticks and tricks on how to pose with your baby without actually being in the shot.
If you find that your baby can’t stop crying or for some reason is just not cooperating with the photographer (and trust us, this happens all the time so don’t feel bad that it’s happening to you), then try to soothe your little star with white noise or his or her favorite song. If push comes to shove, then by all means take out your iPhone and yes, put on Baby Shark so the job can get done.
You might not appreciate having Baby Shark stuck in your head for the remainder of your day, but the photographer will definitely thank you for making their job easier.
If you are working with a photographer whose expertise is newborn or baby photography, then he or she should be equipped enough to make the job easier for everyone.
If you are doing the photoshoot in the comfort of your own home, then spend a couple of minutes rocking in your favorite chair or glider to help ease your baby or at least make them a little less fussy while the photographer is getting their camera ready. Just like with the breastfeeding, you don’t want to rock your baby to sleep, but rather just spend a few minutes to help calm them down.
Last but not least, try a few calming techniques that will help your baby get ready for his or her closeup. If you are working with a newborn, then can definitely get the shoot done during an entire nap (they have their eyes closed for it anyway, right?).
But if your baby is a little older, try giving them a massage, rock him or her in your arms or do anything that will let them know you are there and that you’ve got this together. From now until forever, it’s going to be a team effort for both you and your baby. You’ve got this!