Five tips for taking photos with your baby

Every mama wants to capture special memories with their little ones (they grow up so quickly) so you book the photographer, settle on a date that suits everyone, arrive at the shoot … and your child decides to have a complete meltdown, refusing to have any photos taken.

Now I am not a fan of taking overly styled or forced photos, but every now and again I do use a little coaxing to get my toddler to play ball, especially if we are working with a professional photographer. Taking all of my experience into consideration, these are my best tips and tricks that help our photoshoots go a lot smoother, resulting in fewer tantrums and more happy snaps.

“Kids will be kids, so let them have fun and try not to get too upset when they won’t stay still enough for that Pinterest-worthy pose.”

  1. Schedule your shoot time for just after your little one’s nap. You don’t want them to be cranky so just before a nap isn’t ideal and you also don’t want a camera in their face right after they have woken up. My advice is to wait about 30-45 minutes.
  2. Make sure your kid is fed. No one likes to be “hangry” and it’s definitely not ideal when you’re trying to capture special memories. You can even pack some snacks in case energy levels start to run low … for you and your child.
  3. Pack an extra outfit, just in case. You know what kids are like. They vom up their milk, chew on their clothes and generally get messy, so make sure you have a Plan B. This is especially important if you are in the midst of potty training.
  4. Don’t be too regimented. Kids will be kids, so let them have fun and try not to get too upset when they won’t stay still enough for that Pinterest-worthy pose. You’ll find that you will get the best pictures when all of you are relaxed and having a good time.
  5. Take along a toy or two. These are great to shake above the camera if your little one is looking all over the show, but also handy to bring some familiarity if they start to get a bit unsettled.

These tips aren’t exclusively for professional shoots. I often use some of them, especially 4 and 5 for when I’m snapping away at home. At the end of the day, you want the photos that you capture to be natural and a small memory in time, that’s what makes them so special.

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Sarah Booyens Profile ImageSarah is a beauty-product hoarding mama who simply cannot get enough coffee into her system. You can expect to see a little of everything in her blog Mascara & Mimosas, from what makes parenthood a bit easier to her latest beauty obsession – or even what DIY she’s just tried.