If you think a family photo session including your 1-3 year old toddler is a scary proposition, think again. Photographing a toddler can actually be the opposite! I just photographed this cutie at Fletcher’s Cove in Solana Beach and she was great. Here are some tips for toddler-friendly photo sessions:
1. Timing is everything. I usually schedule my outdoor sessions in the evening, around 6:00pm for optimal lighting (and less crowds at the beach). This also gives parents time to feed their toddler dinner before the session. Full tummy = happy toddler!
2. Clothing changes. Bring some extra clothes and accessories just in case. The momma of this cutie brought her red headband not knowing if her toddler would tolerate it, but she did and it totally made the outfit. At the beach when clothes can get wet or sandy, and extra set of clothes can offer more comfort for the child or change the look of the portraits.
3. Go with the flow. Toddlers are always discovering themselves and the world around them. Sessions with toddlers is all about letting go and improvising. Sometimes they’ll listen, and sometimes they won’t, but that’s ok! Taking a break from the posed portraits and letting them play in the environment around them allows me to get natural shots that parents love.
4. Have fun. With all the preparation that goes into a photo session, it’s important to enjoy the time you’ve set aside to capture your family together!
I would love to hear from you! Contact me today to schedule your outdoor family portrait session. Sessions start at $220 and all of my session packages include retouched digital files and web resolution files for social media sharing.