What a portrait session with a toddler is really like!!!
As a parent you are so excited for your child's first birthday & start planning. Chances are photos are involved and you go to Pinterest searching for ideas. What you find is overwhelming cuteness & perfect little birthday images. How hard can it be right?
Well the reality is soooooooooo not what you see!!! Yes we get the shots, but it's much harder than it looks. Let me explain:
First, a one year old is probably just gaining their mobility & feel the need to explore that more than anything. Hence, we chase and chase some more. They rarely stay where we want them too for longer than about 2 seconds.
Warning: You are going to see real images that don't make the cut in the session. Most of the images look like this. And yes they are blurry, kids move, haha. They move a LOT.
After that round of chase, there's one or two images that go into the "portrait" folder.
And everything is more fun to eat, lick, and taste than look at and pose beside. Yes, everyone's child does this.
And again, we get a couple great shots.
Hey, remember, they are still babies, so safety first. You might not see mom & dad in the images, but there are always there either within an arms length or hidden somewhere in the shot.
And now it's time for the real fun, cake smash time!!!
The moment you have been waiting for to watch them dig into & enjoy their cake! Well...... it almost never happens like that. Some aren't interested at all, others cry, and some just up and walk away or push it away from themselves, haha. But it's never just as you planned.
Now it's time to jump in and show them. You will eat more cake than they do every time.
So we try again, come on it's cake!!!
Cake time is over. But now comes more fun! You get covered in cake chasing! But there's more.......
We want you to have a bath!
And sit down when it's more fun to stand up & try to show off your new walking skills.
You can see it's more than most realize, but it's all part of it. They are only little once, so enjoy the process parents and try not to stress. We get the good shots too. But we are working on their time, moods, and short attentions spans. Yes, this is EVERY toddler. We all stress our child is abnormal, weird, or just doesn't listen. Not true, they are all the same. It's not easy being one. And our expectations are the "finished" shots, haha. We get them, but this is what it takes to get there. Be ready to chase and help. We will set up the shots 12 times as they get played with, chewed on, and just moved about.
And while I'm on a roll....... I'm not going to pass up the opportunity to tell you to print them!!! You will cherish these memories for a lifetime. Don't just put the images on a CD and put them in a drawer to be lost or technology outdated. Print them. Put them on the wall, in frames, or in their scrapbooks. You will thank me later.