So before we go any further, let’s talk about what a sitter session is! Sitter Sessions are for babies approximately 6-10 months old or when baby is sitting up on their own (without falling) and before they start to walk. In the blink of an eye, your newborn is not so small anymore, and you’d been meaning to get the photos done, but in the midst of zero sleep, feeding and generally just being overwhelmed by your new bundle, you just didn’t get round to it. But you haven’t missed the boat! Sitter sessions are perfect ways to capture your baby and all of their amazing little features and expressions whilst they are still small. Here are my 5 reasons that sitter sessions are fab!!
THEY’RE AT THE SMILEY STAGE
You creep into their room in the morning and they give you the biggest grin, and you wonder how you got so lucky! They make you laugh with all their little expressions and noises, and they’re just sooooo cute!
THEY SIT STILL! WELL SORTA…..
Once they are on the move, be it crawling or walking, things get a little more challenging! I can’t tell you how many calories I use chasing after toddlers! They are so quick, and trying to get them to sit and smile becomes that much more of a challenge.
AND THEY SIT
The inbetweeny stage (that’s the technical name you know) between a squishy newborn that you can pose laying down, and the sitting up stage is a difficult one to play. At that stage, the selection of poses can be quite limited. But when baby is sitting, a world of new things open up to us. Plus we can get them sitting in cute props, pulling themselves up on little stools and chairs and laying down and grabbing those cute toes.
WE’RE DONE IN NO TIME
Newborn sessions are amazing, but can take anywhere between 3 and 5 hours. But with sitter sessions, these can be done and get a selection of beautiful pictures in 30 – 45 minutes. When you come to my studio I’ll always have at least 3 setups ready to go when you arrive, oh and I also have a beautiful selection of clothing too, but I always encourage you to bring your own clothing too, as these are also memories (the cardi that granny knitted, or that lovely sleepsuit you just don’t want them to grow out of).
THEY’RE NOT SO WARY OF NEW PEOPLE
As toddlers grow they become more aware of their surroundings and who keeps them safe, which as they get to one and beyond, can make some little ones much more clingy to mummy and daddy. This means it can take a little longer to warm them up and get them used to a new lady with a giant black camera in front of her face. At sitter stage, this hasn’t kicked in too much yet, and so it usually means that they relax and smile that little bit easier. I always spend the first ten minutes of any session just chatting to you all, playing, getting to know baby before I pick up my camera. This allows them to feel more comfortable in my presence and also see my face before I’m hidden behind the camera.
So there you have it! Five reasons why the sitting stage is the perfect time to photograph your baby. If you’re interested in setting up a session I’d love to see you in the studio.
Here is a recent session I did with the lovely Poppy. 8 months old and such a cutie. I photographed Poppy as a newborn, and mummy and daddy now wanted to capture her gorgeous little expressions!