When Mica Angela Hendricks, from busymockingbird.com, posted about her wonderfully whimsical collaborations with her 4-year old daughter, I was so inspired. I couldn’t wait to team up with my daughter on an art project!
Earlier this week, it was my brother’s and my mother’s birthday — the perfect excuse for an art collabo with Tiana. I couldn’t wait to see what kind of magic we would come up with.
Team T&N did alright!
What? You’ve never heard of kitchenophobia? Maybe you’re not familiar with medical terms. Kitchenophobia is the name for the extreme aversion to meal preparation and cooking.
I casually mentioned that I don’t cook in a recent post. The truth is, I have a serious case of kitchenophobia. I’m like a headless chicken in the kitchen. Imagine how that feels.
The holiday season has been full of treats and prizes at natnanton.com! With amazing swag like the $50 LUSH gift card, the premium tickets to Cirque du Soleil and the most recent, Images by Bethany prize pack, Santa was getting a little worried about job security.
I can’t wait to announce the next giveaway! But for now, I reveal the winner of some serious loot: a family portrait session with Images by Bethany and an 8×10 print for FREE!
I was nervous at the idea of having a portrait session in a studio with my two-year old. What if she refuses to cooperate? What if she has a meltdown? I imagined the worst-case scenario: we leave our session with snapshots of a mother and daughter doing the ugly cry.
OK I’m being a bit dramatic. But I never would’ve thought that having my toddler in an unfamiliar room for an hour (equal to 12 hours in toddler time) with a stranger, would result in something so perfect.
Below, I share a few photos from my session with Images by Bethany, as well as tips for photoshoots with toddlers. You’ll find this useful in case you win my Images of Bethany giveaway (details at the end of this post).
How To Keep Your Toddler Happy During Photoshoots
1. Follow your photographer’s lead: Bethany provided us with pre-shoot guidelines that really helped us prepare for the day; she handled the tougher toddler moments with grace; and she walked us through the entire process. Seeing that she is a professional at photographing kids and a mother herself, it’s no surprise that following her lead had such beautiful results.
Remember the scene in Finding Nemo where the seagulls close in on the fish while squawking “mine” “mine” “mine”?
They obviously wrote that scene after witnessing a toddler’s playdate.
In the early toddler stages, learning to share with the people they know and love, is a huge feat. Convincing young toddlers to share with other kidlets at the playground, is rarely going to be a success if they haven’t yet gotten the hang of sharing with family members. At their age, they don’t trust other wee “strangers” that easily.
Toddlers hate waiting. They don’t understand the concept. Last weekend, at Maplewood Farm, I was posed with the mighty task of teaching Tiana the art of waiting.
Our first visit to the farm called for another edition of “Sour & Sweet”.
I'm Nat Nanton, founder of Tutu Mama. Becoming a mother has made me commit to living my greatest life. If you can relate to that, you're in the right place.
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