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How to Manage a Baby’s Photography Session with a Fussy Infant

You were probably so eager to see your little one that you must have read baby-center descriptive sizes a million times!


And now that your little one is here, you can’t wait to capture his ten tiny fingers and toes in a baby shoot.


But here is the secret about babies that you have probably learned if you gave birth to one or have just ever held one.


Babies—especially infants—have their own personalities and their own moods. And they can get quite fussy.


Also, they wail.


But as caretakers, we have managed to learn the how and whys.


So if you have a baby photography session perhaps inspired by Beyonce, and you fear your infant may get fussy, here are a few tips and tricks to help you manage. And, of course, hope it’s a smooth ride.


After all, it is all about the memories. Remember, they’re only this tiny once, so don’t even think about skipping or canceling the shoot.


 1. Don’t Make It A Big Deal. 


The way the universe works is that you worry about something too much; chances are it will go wrong. So if you spend the night awake, worrying about the baby shoot- chances are the next morning, you’ll be tired and short on patience.


Remember, it is supposed to be fun, and even if the baby is a bit fussy, it is okay. As experienced baby photographers, we understand that part of the shoot. We don’t expect your 2-week old baby to act like an adult.


 2. Accidents happen, so be flexible 


Baby photo sessions can take time. There have been incidents where a mother was posing with her newborn, and the sleeping baby had a diaper explosion. Gooey warm poop covered her entire dress and landed on the props as well. The parents burst out laughing, and the photographer captured a great memory for the family—parenting in all its glory.



3. Plan ahead for your baby photo session


If you want sleeping shots of the baby, plan nap time accordingly. If you want the baby to be awake and happy, make sure he is well-rested and well-fed, and burped. Change the shoot time around in advance.


Plopping down a hungry or sleepy baby on the mat will not get you the best pictures.


Make a note of all the sounds and toys that attract your infant. These could be brightly-colored toys or their favorite blanket.




4. Baby-friendly photographer 


Last but not least, hire a photographer who understands motherhood and the emotions behind them. At Lily Hayes photography, Lily herself is a mother to four boys. In fact, she stepped into the world of photography so she could capture how incredibly innocent her firstborn was. She understands how these images and memories are priceless. This is why having her on your team is a great way to manage a fussy baby during a photoshoot.


To book a session with her, contact her by visiting her website.

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