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It’s that time of year. Bells are ringing, carolers are singing, and holiday portraits are being taken. But, with babies and kids in the mix, things can get out of hand very quickly. Kids and babies can especially give parents a hard time when they get fussy, impatient, and afraid. Here are some tricks to help you have a smooth and successful holiday photo shoot in spite of these unfortunate factors.

For Infants

Babies can be fussy and tantrums are quite normal. Unfortunately, these tantrums often happen at the worst possible time. The trick is to be prepared. Soothing is a great way to calm a fussy baby down. Try tapping baby’s bottom, incorporating a little ‘shh’ noise, and rocking. Another idea is to use a pacifier, a bottle, or a pinky finger to get baby engaged. Swaddling helps as well. Small babies have spent 9 months in their mother’s womb and are still getting comfortable to this big outside world. So, swaddling her mimics the womb environment and could make the baby feel at home and comfortable. Music is another good option. A little white noise can go a long way also helping her feel like she’s back in the womb. To re-create the soothing white noise sounds she heard in the womb, turn on a fan, try running water, or tune the radio to static. Whatever you do, make sure it is constant and turned low.

For Toddlers

Bring snacks and toys.

Your toddler may simply be bored and might need an outlet. Giving him something to focus his attention on even if it’s just for a few minutes can make a big difference.

Essential Oils

Additionally, try using essential oils. There are some precautions you should take before diving into the world of essential oils so make sure to read up on safety considerations when using essential oils with kids. But, if you’re ready to try it Lavender essential oil can be very good for soothing and calming. Also, Frankincense is very good for reducing stress and anxiety.

Explain What Will Happen Ahead of Time

It’s a good idea to mentally prepare your little one for what’s about to happen by doing some pre-sessions and telling stories. Kids are incredibly smart little humans, and the more you can prepare them, the smoother the session can go.

Take a break!

If nothing else works, just take a break. Everyone needs a break every once in a while, even kids. A good break can interrupt negative momentum and introduce a new calming outlook.

Take What You Can Get

If things just aren’t working out and tantrums don’t seem to end, just have the photographer snap candid shots. Sometimes, those end up being the best anyway whether it be for comic relief or an organic natural touch. Who says there’s a right way or a wrong way to take a picture anyway? After all, it’s not a modeling gig! Additionally, if big scary Santa is causing too much trouble try eliminating him all together. Try having your little one snap photos with an elf, or a different holiday theme all together. The trick here is to be flexible.

Although tantrums and fussy toddlers can put a damper on the photo session, there are many ways you can smooth it over. Using these simple tricks can bring about a great photo in the end. Be prepared and use common sense. Whatever you do, just keep calm and don’t lose your cool. The right photo will find it’s way.

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