So you want a summer photoshoot. Of course you do! Glorious weather, warm water, and beautiful sunsets!
But then, you find out the start time…and you panic.
So let me tell you about this gorgeous family.
Arlo had just turned 1, and Isla was 3.
Their bedtime was 6.45pm.
We started their shoot at 6.30pm and didn’t wrap up until nearly 8 o’clock. *Audible gasp*
The kids (and the grown ups!) had a blast. We stopped the session for the occasional bribe, to let the kids play and have a breather. The result? Their gallery is brimming – from beginning to end – with smiles and laughs and love. Not a grumpy kid in sight.
These guys are our besties; I’ve known these kids since they were born and let me tell you: they have not always been good sleepers! Bedtime routines are not their strong suit. Their parents were *very* nervous about the late start. But they trusted me (and so should you!)
Yes, it might be more of a challenge than usual to wind down after all the fun and excitement of the shoot.
But it absolutely won’t mean that their sleep routines are ruined forever.
In fact, these guys have done their shoot every January since this day – so it clearly works!
The day of your photoshoot is not like every other day. This is the time to bend the rules a little bit. The kids always cope well. Brilliantly, actually. It’s about the whole experience – embrace it, call it a treat, bring their favourite snacks or stop for a cheeky Maccas on the way home. Not only will you have gorgeous photos, you’ll also have the memories of a beautiful evening that your kids adored.
I’ve got two littles myself – at the time of writing this they are four-and-a-half and 20 months old – and they have a solid 7pm bedtime routine. So I really do understand.
But – and I cannot overstate this – it is SO important to wait for the right time of day for your photoshoot.
If you’ve waited all year for your shoot, painstakingly planned out all your outfits, and intend to display these photos on your walls forever and ever…trust me, it’s absolutely worth disrupting the routine for ONE night.
If the thought of keeping them up that late sends your blood pressure through the roof, then don’t worry. Here are your alternatives:
Have I convinced you?!