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I'm a former elementary school teacher, a proud military spouse and soon to be mama of 2! I love helping and serving people through photography in Greenville, SC and everywhere else it takes me. I love showing people the light and love in their everyday lives!
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What NOT TO WEAR TO A PHOTO session!
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January 25, 2022
Have you ever thought, “I’m scared to book a session because my toddler won’t behave or participate”? Let me help ease your mind when it comes to photoshoots with siblings and toddlers.
Let them be their natural selves. When a new sibling comes into the world, the older sibling is already expected to change so much. They’re also pressured to do it very quickly. All of a sudden they are expected to share their belongings, attention, space, and well, basically everything that they previously thought was just for them, with another sibling.
Because of the expectations already out on siblings and toddlers already have, I won’t find me pushing or forcing them to do anything during the session that they aren’t comfortable with. For the parents, I will also be a voice or reassurance that it’s okay if they don’t cooperate the whole time. If they jump around, play, and don’t listen to instructions, it’s okay. If they aren’t ready to get into the picture, even better! I will encourage them to be silly, to be themselves, and to jump in when they feel ready.
When I say I’ve been there, done that, I really have. I have been working with little ones, ages 5 and under, for over 15 years. Literally hundreds of kids. There’s not a single emotion that you feel that I haven’t felt a million times. I know how easy it is to get overwhelmed and stressed thinking about the kids following directions during a shoot. It can be easy to just picture a nightmare. I’ve had the same thoughts thinking about planning field trips for some of my classes! Nothing your children do will push me away, frighten or stress me out, especially to the point that I’m not able to get beautiful portraits for you and your family to cherish.
While you are watching the photoshoot unfold, and possibly muttering under your breath, I am taking photos and grabbing angles that you probably don’t even realize are happening. While you’re so focused on how world war three is unfolding in front of you that many times you’re probably not seeing what I’m seeing. From my lens, I have an entirely different perspective. I see wonderful in-between moments. So don’t worry momma, I’ve got you covered.
Most siblings will usually always let me take their pictures, so I just let it be on their terms. In the back of my head, I have the main shots and poses that I’d like to get. With little ones, I’ve learned to just go with the flow. I usually always get those poses, but they may not be in order. Which is totally okay! If they’re standing, we’ll do the standing ones first. If they’re sitting, we’ll do those first. Same goes if they’re more comfortable on their own first or with their sibling first. The photo session goes by much easier if the child isn’t forced into poses!