How to be OK if your baby won't stop crying on picture day

February 12, 2016  •  12 Comments

               Hey Friends, this is a topic that really needs to be touched on. I know as a mom how stressful picture day can be when your little one won't corporate! Let me give you a little insight to help calm your worries and let you know, IT'S OK! 

     We’ve all seen those adorable photos of new little babies looking so peaceful and relaxed and not a care in the world. As new parents, we want similar photos of our children to send out to grandparents, make into screen savers, and blast out to our social media pages to show off our amazing baby. But then session day comes around and BAM! – your baby does not want anything to do with it. 
You’re thinking, “Why won’t you stop crying? I’ve literally done everything I can think of, but you’re still not happy. Don’t you know I’m paying good money for this session? Sarah’s baby cooperated in her session, why can’t you just go to sleep and let us get some nice photos?!” If this is happening during your session, I want you to stop, breathe and remember one thing: all newborns cry. This is a natural, real emotion that all newborns have for most of their first few months of life. It’s not abnormal. There is nothing wrong with your child for doing it. It is nothing to be ashamed of. They aren’t doing it to embarrass you. And when you stress out about the fact that your baby is crying, that then makes things even worse because he or she knows you’re upset.
Don’t let the crying upset you. Embrace this moment in time. It won’t be long before you forget how her little forehead wrinkled up whenever she screamed, or how his toes would get all stretched out and tense when he was upset. Let us capture these little details. These crying photos can evoke real emotion and demonstrate the love you have for your child as you try to soothe him or her. Your child can look back at these photos once they’re all grown and remember the solace that they found in your arms. These tender moments are just as important, if not more so, than the sleeping, posed photos. 
The point of booking a newborn session is to help you preserve the first memories of your child’s life. While posed photos are cute, you’re not going to look back and think, “Remember how cute she was whenever she would lounge around the house in frog-form?” because that didn’t happen. You’ll look back at these photos and remember all the nights you walked your baby around the house or rocked him in a chair and hummed lullabies to try to calm him down. Those times are very stressful, but they also help you form a bond and that’s what makes these photos treasured. 
All that being said, if you have your heart set on those peaceful, posed photos, we can always take a break and try again and, if all else fails, reschedule.  



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Jennifer Miller, this is truly an amazing post. Every word is so true and makes so much sense. The fact that you focused on the idea of letting your baby be his/herself is what says it all. If he/she is not happy then so be it and let them rock it! I honestly think the photo you used as an example of this is beautiful. It's natural, it's not posed, it's real, it's beautiful. I bet the babies whose parents just let them cry it out, end up stopping quicker and are able to be smiley and happy by the end of the session all on their own. Which probably makes the photos even more gorgeous because the smiles and happiness are real emotions not staged! Again, this is an awesome post.
This is so true. Sometimes baby just doesn't want to cooperate, however, this is just documenting this stage of their life too.... Great post!
Diane Bartoo(non-registered)
This is some great information for your future clients. It's great how you mention that we can turn a crying baby into some cute and adorable emotion shots and they'll look back on these precious moments. Crying babies are still beautiful babies and sometimes it's nice to capture these moments in addition to the others.
This is great for mothers to read before their newborn session. Babies cry but they don't cry forever. I loved that you mentioned head wrinkles. They are my favorite!
This is great info for parents to read before their session. It can be really overwhelming taking care of a new baby and throw in a photography session and they won't stop crying...makes things really tough. I think being upfront and embracing all that comes with a newborn is the best way to go.
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