1. smarties/goldfish crackers. I of course always ask parents BEFORE the session, away from little ears. But both of these snacks are not messy and very clean. (i also always prep parents to bring snacks in my guide, but it pays to bring those 2 along just in case.)
2. boogie wipes. Not just wipes, those brand boogie wipes. they do not leave the skin red/or irritated when wiped. and I know first hand as a parent prepping for a family session, things like wipes may be easily forgotten by them. So its so nice to have that in your back pocket for any purpose at all.
3. plain, wooden toys. choo choo train, block, fire truck, wooden rattle….something. Again I always prep clients to bring along fave toys/lovies but again, they may forget.. and sometimes a little one needs distracted or maybe calmed down from the stress of pictures. so these little toys come in handy. I buy them all off Etsy, all wooden organic toys. the plain wooden look of them do not take away from the picture if that makes sense. Instead of them gripping my daughters pink rattle i shake,, they can hold onto something very neutral that will not take away from the photo itself. Because some kids/babies just need something to hold to, to distract them.
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