In addition to choosing the right clothing for your photo-session, there are some essentials that Moms should bring to every photo session. Keeping in mind what the weather might be like, you might need extra clothing such as stockings or sweaters to add to your little ones wardrobe. Bringing additional blankets for quick warm-ups will also be crucial to keeping a happy baby. Always pack wipes, snacks, juice, and possibly a small toy or pacifier to soothe the child if he/she gets upset.
Something else you may not have thought of is Music! Music can make anyone happy, its a quick distraction for the child as well as grabbing their attention in the direction of the photographer. Think of what type of music makes your little one smile and dance and before your session make sure you import it to your phone. Your cellphone is something you carry with you everywhere and its small so you can hide it close to the child but have it invisible to the camera. In the image below Mom held her phone directly above my head while it was blasting an Elmo Song, over and over and we got tons of really fantastic dancing smiling photos.
Always pack additional outfits, diapers, and most importantly wipes. You never know when an accident might arise. It could be something as simple as a slip or trip in the dirt or mud that could affect the outcome of your final images. Having additional clothing options just as a back-up could save your session.
Kids are unpredictable, keep that in mind when you are getting ready for your photo session. Don’t stress out if they are not behaving the way you want them to- they pick up on your stress and build on it! If you as the parent stay calm and keep your cool- your children will feel relaxed and your photographer can capture images that you might not think is possible.