4 Tips for a Successful Photoshoot with Toddlers

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When you book your session, you envision that picture-perfect photo of your family, smiling and happy. If you’re the parent of a toddler…you may also wonder if it’s possible. There’s no question that young kids can be unpredictable, and not all of them love being in front of a camera. But don’t stress! We have tons of experience with this age group and we’re here to set you up for a great experience with these 4 tips for a successful family photoshoot with toddlers.

1. Rest

Take your child’s nap and bedtime schedule into account when you schedule your session. Many photographers will tell you that the light is best right before sunset…but sunset is past bedtime for many toddlers, and great light won’t do you much good if your kid has a meltdown because they’re exhausted. Find a time when your kiddo is well rested. Everyone will be much happier!

2. Food

No one feels like smiling for pictures on an empty stomach, so one of the best things you can do for a successful photoshoot with toddlers is to feed them beforehand. And bring snacks! Non-messy, portable foods like Cheerios, pretzels, and fruit snacks can keep toddlers happy or provide a break if they need it.  

3. Warmth

The key to a great outfit for young kids? Options. This is especially important during spring and fall, when who knows what the weather is going to do. Choose outfits that provide lots of layers you can take on and off so your kids stay comfortable throughout the photoshoot.

And finally, don’t forget the most important tip of all:

4. Love

Your kids need your love and understanding even when they don’t want to smile for the camera. Please don’t stress about not getting great pictures because your kids aren’t being angels. We’ve been documenting Boise families for years, and trust us, we don’t need your child to sit still and “say cheese” to capture sweet moments for your family.

So play with your kids, toss them in the air, love on them like no one is watching. These are your memories. This is your photoshoot. This is irreplaceable time with your adorable, funny, brimming-with-personality toddler. So have fun! There’s no better way to create genuine smiles and beautiful memories than by being prepared beforehand so you can be present in the moment.

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