It can be hard to set aside the to-do list and take time to connect and rest but let's see if we can do that in service of self care. Even if it is 10 minutes of rest.
Make sure that your child has taken a nap and eaten before the session. You too parents! Take 5 however you can.
Have some non-messy snacks available and ready.
Simple unprinted clothing is best for photos, if your baby is still drooling, a spare shirt or bib would be a good addition.Plain shirts and textures help bring the focus to faces.
Consider a simple activity that you enjoy doing together, having a tea party, playing hide and seek, wrestling, painting, eating ice cream. Let's talk about your ideas before the session.
Take as much time as you can to fill up those kids' cups with love before the session. Have a pillow fight, cuddle, whatever helps your child feel close to you and you to feel close to them. That connection is the most important thing, what we cherish as families, and what I want to capture.
Don't plan a lot. Keep the day as simple as possible so you can relax and be as present as possible.
During the Session
Take deep breaths, be present, have fun.
Let's have the laughs and smiles come naturally.
I will direct you if I need to so you don't have to worry about doing the right or wrong thing. You are perfect just the way you are.