I love it when people bring along items to include in their baby photo shoot to personalise their session – it really makes their images unique to them. However, although favourite toys are an obvious choice, we sometimes have to get a bit sneaky with it to get them in the pictures.
The problem is of course that favourite toys aren’t made to be photographed, they are made to be cuddled and loved! So as soon as your little one sees them, that’s pretty much what they’re going to do – a baby rarely holds a favourite toy facing forward and in a photogenic way. I know right? It’s like they don’t care what I’m trying to achieve.
So we quite often have to sneak them into the photo when they’re not looking as in this example – this is Bobby’s favourite toy which his mum wanted to include in his photos as an important part of his growing up memories. So we posed him up on the chair and then slipped the toy in behind him while I distracted him. Job done and plenty of time for him to give cuddles later on.
In case you were wondering, there’s always a parent just out of shot when I use that chair to prevent any mobile little ones choosing to take a header off it. Safety first – always!