I know that preparing for a family photo session takes a lot of work. It can be stressful trying to get multiple young children (and your husband) dressed and out the door on time. No parent wants to have a cranky toddler to top it off. Here are 4 things that you might want to throw in your bag and bring along to your session to help things go more smoothly.
Children like to eat. If yours are anything like mine, they ask for food every 20 minutes or less. Pack some non-messy snacks. If the session is for 60-minutes, I can almost guarantee that your children will be hungry at some point. Some great non-messy snacks are pretzels, popcorn, nuts, Cheerios, Chex Mix, etc. Avoid things that can melt, such as chocolate. Also avoid things that make hands/fingers sticky or dirty, such as Doritos, Cheetos, lollipops, etc. Lastly, be sure to bring plenty of water for your children. All that snacking will usually result in a thirsty child!
Children like things that bring them comfort and security, especially if they are in an unfamiliar place with an unfamiliar person. Usually YOU are their security and comfort; however, you may want to be able to pry them out of your arms for a solo picture or two. Bring along something small that they love and is comforting to them. For many children, this may be a small stuffed animal, toy, or blanket. Just make sure it’s something that you don’t mind them being photographed with in the likely event that they refuse to let it go!