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Tips for a smooth newborn photo session when including toddlers.

As a mother, it’s completely understandable to feel worried about how your little one will act during a photoshoot with a newborn. However, with a bit of planning and a lot of patience, the experience can end up being a wonderful one. Here are some things to remember:


  • Ensure that the toddler is well-rested and fed before the shoot.
  • Work around their nap and mealtime schedules.
  • Communicate the toddler’s schedule to the photographer.
  • Schedule the shoot in the morning when toddlers tend to be more alert and cooperative.
  • Avoid pulling out snacks during the session unless recommended by the photographer

2. Drive Seperatly and Avoid Over Stimulation

  • Consider having Dad and Siblings arrive 1.5 hours after the start of the session.
  • If this doesn’t work with your little one’s schedule let your photographer know that family pictures need to happen first
  • A tablet or TV is not the answer when waiting, screen time can lead to meltdowns when it’s time to turn it off to join the session.

3. Think Ahead About Your Toddler and Clothing

  • If your toddler is picky about clothes, plan an outfit in advance and try it on ahead of time to make sure they are comfy.
  • Does changing clothes causes a meltdown, Have them dress before arrival.

4. Keep the Schedule Light

  • It’s important to avoid over-planning the day before or the day of the photoshoot.
  • Children can easily pick up on their parent’s emotions, so if you’re feeling anxious or rushed due to a tight schedule or oversleeping, they’ll sense it.
  • We’ve seen many instances where anxious dads, in a hurry to get back to work, led to confused and unhappy toddlers.
  • It’s essential to take the full day off and cherish time spent with your family, being present at the moment and enjoying each other’s company.

5. Let your Photographer Lead and Set the Mood

  • As parents, it’s natural for us to instruct our kids to “smile and look at the camera” or take one quick photo to wrap things up. However, toddlers may act out when they feel pressured.
  • Trust in your photographer, they may be stepping back to match your child’s mood to earn their trust or prevent your little one from getting overstimulated.
  • This builds trust between the photographer and your child, resulting in those precious, genuine smiles.
  • Once toddlers realize that the photo session is a fun experience, they’ll be more open and cooperative.

Don’t forget to relax and enjoy the moment! These photos will be cherished memories for years to come.

If you are expecting your second baby and want to chat more about a newborn session with your family of 4+ send me an inquiry here. The best time to book your newborn and maternity session is at the end of your first trimester. At KBP we typically book 4-5 months in advance so don’t delay! Congrats on welcoming a new sweet baby and I hope to create something amazing for your to cherish.

I’m Katrina


Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am Katrina Barrow, owner of Katrina Barrow Photography. In this little space, I share my favorite portraits from sessions, tips on motherhood, interiors, travel and more.  

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