I have always said, the kids run the show. Not in the sense that they are in control, but in the sense that as parents, we are often riding the waves of young emotions or on the feeding/sleeping schedules of new life. When you welcome a family photographer into the mix, the waves are still there. The baby still need to eat, the young ones need a break and it can feel overwhelming to parents who are hoping for a smooth photo session in their own home.
When investing your time, your money and your heart into hiring a professional photographer, it can be hard to let go of the stress and expectations that come along with the experience. I am here for all of it. To help, to guide, to create an environment for you and your family to feel comfortable and at ease during your session. We want your photos to feel natural and authentic to this time in your life, this includes wild toddlers and cranky babies!
I often hear client apprehensions in booking sessions with young children, sharing statements like “my kids would never sit for that” or “my child will not behave that well.” Guess what? Most toddlers do not sit still! And a child’s behavior is merely a reflection of how they are feeling. The beauty of indoor family photography is we are already in a space young children feel safe in. There is already so much pride in showing showing me where they sleep and where they play. We can engage on their level, at their pace. (A bit more on my experience with connecting with children here.)
The behind the scenes from the session below would have shown lots of movement, lots of chasing, lots of breaks, Cocomelon, a walk outside, couch jumping. I want my clients to enjoy their time together and let it flow.
Or they might be a bit shy or stand-offish at first and need a little time to come out be comfortable. They might not want their picture taken at all! I have worked with it all and we always, always make magic. I have tricks up my sleeve for daysssss.
This Philadelphia family welcomed their second daughter into the mix back in December. We had photographed her older sister only a short time before in the same house. The sessions share the same love, but each celebrate a new time in their lives to be re-lived.
Hello. Thank you for visiting. I am Steph, owner of Steph Kines Photo, specializing in working with young families, expecting women and growing babies in the Philadelphia area. I hope you found my Newborn Session with a Toddler: Indoor Family Photography Philadelphia, Pennsylvania blog feature helpful and inspiring. If you are interested in booking a photography session and would like to talk more about how we will spend our time together, let’s connect here. Finding your photographer can take time, so if you would like to follow along and see more behind the scenes, follow me on Instagram.
Steph is Philadelphia’s Natural Newborn Photographer, specializing in finding light and connection in your own space. She offers maternity, family, milestone and newborn photography in a warm, natural and unexpected way. Her clients love that her sessions are child-led which means giving space and guidance to young children to be themselves in their own environment. This leads to more true reflection of your family at this time in your life. All clients receive a collection of prints and the rights to fully edited digital files. Steph can design custom, heirloom albums and assist with wall galleries to display in your home. I invite you to learn more about the quality and feel of my offered products and art with this blog post.
**The first meeting between siblings is often what parents look forward to the most after having a new baby. Whether it is in the hospital or at home, I have a few tips on how to capture that moment in a more artful way in my monthly newsletter. You can sign up for that through my website here.
Newborn Knot Gown: Caden Lane
Corduroy Overalls: Zara Kids