Toddler Valentine’s Day Mini Photo Session Ideas

I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to decorating my house for the holidays. I’m even lazy when it comes to de-decorating for the holidays. I recently threw a Valentine’s Day heart up on my front door and felt accomplished. That is until I shut the door and looked square at my Christmas Tree which is still up in our living room. 
Oh well. I made some effort!
I’m hoping that one day the Pinterest mothering / crafting / baking / decorating bug might bite. 
But until then, I’ll just feel the festive glow from these Valentine’s Day pictures that my friend Dana took of Rhys.

Dana has a toddler Rhys’ age, and rocks at photography. Dana made a little photo studio in her dining room, complete with props like vday signs and hearts even a kissing booth!
This photo of Rhys giving me a kiss melts my heart! 
You can’t really make it out, but Rhys’ shirt says “Cupid’s Wingman.” I felt like a rockstar mom because I found that Valentine’s Day shirt!
The backdrop was a heart filled table cloth, and we bribed my toddler to stay near the props with Hershey Kisses!
Newborn and baby photos were a lot easier to take 😉  Toddlers stand up and want to explore!
Dana found all of the props and items at a local crafts store. She said she would even be reusing the two wooden crates for future photo mini sessions!
I am so thankful for my friend having my toddler and I over for a fun Valentine’s Day photography session. Lord knows if i had tried to do it myself at home – that the one nice shot would have probably included our Christmas tree!

If you’re feeling adventurous and thinking about taking photos of your toddler – here are some tips I learned from Dana:
1. Sit the toddler down – and better yet give them a prop to hold while they are sitting. Standing = easier to run!
2. Have something fun, colorful or noisey near your camera lense so they keep their eyes towards the right place.
3. Bribery with treats is not a bad thing. A little piece of chocolate goes a long way, and while they are sucking on the sweet treat it almost looks like a smile!
4. Know when to stop, and don’t push it. Toddlers grow antsy quickly, so you as a photographer need to as well. Make sure your camera is set to rapid fire shots so you take like a million when you hold down the button. Even with a five minute session, you’ll have been sure to have snapped a few great ones!
Do you have any photography tips for me? Maybe I’ll have my Christmas Tree down in the near future and I might want to try taking some pictures on my own.


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