I am so excited to kick off Littles at the end of this month to photograph some of your most favorite humans in the universe - YOUR LITTLES!
Below I'm sharing tips on picking outfits, prepping your littles and what you can expect the day of!
- Is there an outfit you want to remember your Little in?
- Do you have a specific place in mind where you plan to display their pictures? If yes, do you picture them in something more dressy?
- Is there an outfit they get excited to wear? (dress up and costume outfits are totally welcome!)
- Don't worry about shoes - plan for bare feet!
- Neutrals are ALWAYS timeless and classic! (think oatmeal and tan - stay away from ALL white since the backdrop is white!)
- Love contrast? Me too! Just note, black or dark clothing may be very heavy in your pictures with an all white background.
- Stay away from SUPER busy prints if you can! Don't take away from your littles sweet smile!
- Love a good accessory? BRING IT! Hats, beanies, sunnies, glasses, headbands, purses - all of it! If their is something your little loves to accessorize with, we can add it in for a few shots!
Prepping Your Little
As a mom of 3 littles I know all too well how stressful it can be to get 3 littles to look at a camera and all smile at the same time - it takes legit magic. You want to enjoy the experience and an amazing gallery. I'm here to tell you - you can have both! Here are some things you can do to help prep your littles for their session!
A photo shoot is like a play date! Prepare your littles by talking about your upcoming session. Keep it casual with littles by saying something like "we're going to hang out with our friend, Leigh Ann, on Saturday at her studio!" or "we're going to have a dance party with our friend, Leigh Ann, on Saturday!" Whatever you do, don't surprise them with the session!
No one is their best self when they're hangry, so be sure your littles (and yourself) aren't operating on an empty belly. Have a snack before the session and pack an extra one incase we need a snack break during the session. Pro tip: Choose a "clean" option that isn't messy or won't stain clothes or skin.
Ever needed a reason to have a dance party? I got you! Music is a great way to help your littles get comfortable in front of the camera and offers perfect opportunities for those adorded candids.
Sometimes littles are a bit shy and a lovey is a great way to keep your child comforted during their session. Whether it's their favorite blanket, stuffed animal or a couple matchbox cars, these tiny things will go a long way with your littles.
Fight the urge to say things like "cheese" or "smile big" to your littles. I can attest as a former child that doesn't work (anyone remember my 1997 easter pic I shared?) The best way to make your little smile is to actually make them smile. Be silly and have fun - say and do things that make them giggle. I promise a big giggle or laugh will photograph best to capture their true smile.
I am not above bribes y'all! Whether it's candy, an ice cream cone or a new babydoll - pick your poison... anything you choose to reward your littles with after your session is a bribe and therefore a great way to entice them to at least comply with photo shenanigans. Be sure not to tell your littles about their treats before the session, wait until your littles start getting fatigued before you pull your bribe card!
Your littles will pick up on your mood - so if you're stressed or annoyed, I can bet they will be too. At the end of the day, there is nothing to stress about. I’m capturing your littles just as they are in their moment - so rather than concentrating on taking nice photos, love on your littles, tell them encouraging things, embrace the silly!
Screenshot these or save this link to your favorites list to keep these tips handy for when you need to prep for your session. Can't wait to see you and your littles soon! Until next week, cheers friends!