OK… so photos with Isla… much harder than I expected…which seems to be the theme with all things BABY!
You might have seen recently that I partnered with Nantucket Kids for a giveway on my Instagram. The Nantucket Kids headquarters are in Cohasset, MA… just one town over from where I live. It’s scituated in the cutest little village and when you walk in the store, you basically want to buy everything… not only for your baby, but for yourself. Yes, they have clothes for mom!
For the partnership, I had to grab a few photos of myself and Isla. For anyone that lives in the Boston area, you know that we got – I think – nine straight weekends of rain. So, it was pretty difficult/impossible to grab cute photos by the beach. That is, until last weekend… yay!
I called up my friend Maddie, who was back home & visiting from California, to see if she could help take photos. And, once Saturday morning arrived, we packed up the car and made our way to the beach for our mini shoot.
Of course, it wasn’t as simple as just 1-2-3 *smile*. But, we eventually did get the photos we needed, but not after a few tricks we learned all in the moment.
- Make sure baby is fed so that during the shoot, you don’t have to worry about a hungry baby.
- Check baby’s diaper before the shoot – because no baby will sit still with a wet diaper.
- If you’re shooting outside & its sunny, make sure to lather up baby with sunscreen.
- Realistically, you’ll only get through *maybe* two outfits with baby, so don’t try to pack in 4-5 outfits. Trust me, it just isn’t happening.
- Keep it casual — as in, don’t try to overthink what the shoot will look like, because honestly, any planning will go right out the window.
- Have fun — the best photos are when you’re enjoying your time with your little one… and it’ll show! Don’t try for an overly posed shot.
- Babies (or at least Isla) love sand. So, just be prepared for a baby that wants to stick her feet & hands in the sand. The. entire. time.
- Patience. This was the hardest for me. I tried so hard to plan everything out and even told myself “OK, we’ll get in and out in 15 minutes.” HA! If you go into it knowing that some things are just 100% out of your control, and that at the end of the day, you’re just trying to get a few photos that you can print + frame and keep as a memory with your baby… you’ll be good!
Do you have any tips to share? Leave in the comments below!