A couple weeks ago I had a message from a lady asking about a graduation photo of her son as he was leaving nursery and had unfortunately missed the nursery photos, plus she also wanted to book in for a family photo session of them all so we were discussing that as well. As the conversation went on, she mentioned how her youngest was really shy. Having 2 children of my own and knowing how shy my youngest used to be, I could completely sympathise with her and it took me back to around 18 months ago when I first met Nicola & Lily.
Nicola was pregnant with her second child and she was after a female photographer for a maternity shoot. She also wanted to include Lily in the shoot who was only 2 years old at the time. I absolutely loved the idea of including Lily, as I remember how it felt carrying my second child and how determined I was not to let my eldest feel left out, so I absolutely embraced the idea! At the time she’d not only been messaging me, but also some other local photographers asking us all similar kinds of questions. You know, out of all of the photographers that she was messaging none of them would incorporate Lily in the sitting, she was told that this was two separate packages so she’d therefore she’d have to book in for two sessions, a maternity and a family shoot….how ridiculous! Luckily for me my flexibility paid off and she booked me not just for a maternity sitting but for one of my Bump & Beyond sittings. I love this package! It means that I get to photograph a pregnancy, a new-born baby and I get to photograph them again when baby is just sitting up, 3 times in less than a year…..all them cuddles….is an extra bonus! Nicola had warned me how painfully shy Lily was so a week before the sitting they came in for a drink and a biscuit….a pre session chat! Whilst Nicola & I were chatting away I made sure to engage with Lily as well. She was shy that day, but she told me that she liked Peppa Pig, luckily for me I have a Dvd player in the studio and 2 children who also used to adore Peppa Pig, so I promised Lily that I’d bring her the Peppa Pig Dvd in especially for their session. This helped enormously. Whilst I was photographing mum Lily could watch the Dvd, but she was also right there to come running into the shoot to have her photograph taken with Nicola, and we really did get some lovely shots of them both!
I’ve now photographed Lily and her family 4 times in the last 18 months, and believe me she’s no longer the shy toddler that came in for juice and a biscuit when she comes in anymore. She has the most beautiful red curls and I absolutely adore photographing her, it also just goes to show that it doesn’t hurt to bend the rules sometimes or simply put, it doesn’t hurt to be accommodating as I also like to think of it….so do you have a shy toddler, a Velcro baby? With a little coaxing I’m sure we can turn that little caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly!
Thank you for reading,