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10 Tips for a Successful Sitter Session

tips for a successful sitter sessionI don’t share a ton of pictures from sitter sessions as often as I would like. Not because I don’t love them, but just because there aren’t enough hours in the day to share everything. So I thought I would do an informative post about sitter sessions and share a few sessions all in one. Here are a few tips to help your upcoming sitter milestone session go smoothly!

  1. Scheduling – Sitter sessions are best when baby is sitting solidly on his/her own. Client’s normally like to schedule their session at 6 months due to it being a nice round number and halfway between their other two sessions in the grow-with-me package. However, baby is typically sitter much more solidly at 7 months. If your little one isn’t sitting solidly (a good measurement of this is – are you comfortable leaving your little one sitting on a hard surface without a spotter?) on his or her own a week before  your scheduled session date please reschedule. I can be flexible as long as you give me a little advance notice.
  2. Plan Outfits Ahead of Time – For full milestone sessions normally I recommend doing 2-3 outfits and one naked baby outfit (i.e. diaper cover or romper. Both of which I have in the studio). You are also welcome to do family/sibling pictures in one of those outfits as well, if you like. Make sure to pick a few outfits and try them on before your session. There is nothing worse when putting a beloved outfit on your little one for the first time during a session and realizing it doesn’t fit. It’s temping to buy clothes a size up for pictures so that they will last longer. However, snug outfits are better then loose ones for pictures. You don’t want your little one to be swimming in their new outfit.
  3. Less is More – For outfits, it’s best to keep things simple so that baby shines through. Avoid bright colors (especially neon anything) and busy patterns. My favorite outfits are neural colors and can be as simple as a little boy in jeans and suspenders.
  4. Utilize My Client Closet for Sitter Sessions – I’ve got lots of diaper covers, rompers, and simple dresses in the studio that your little one can use for their sitter session. You don’t need to plan these in advance as we can try on as many as you like until we find the perfect fit/color for your little one during the session. It’s pretty common for client’s to love the pictures of their little one in outfits from my client closet the most. This is because I purchase items that photograph well and aren’t your every day street clothes.
  5. Sleep – Be sure you little one gets a good night sleep or a good nap before your session starts. When scheduling your session start time be sure it doesn’t interfere with your little one’s nap time or bump right up against it.
  6. Bring Something of Meaning – Sometimes clients like to bring a small item that has meaning. Examples of this include a blanket/quilt made by a loved one, a lovely or special blanket, a decorative toy from the nursery that has sentimental value, or something else that has meaning to you or your child. Feel free to bring an item that we can feature and remember during your session.
  7. Come Prepared – Plan for the worst but expect the best! Be sure to bring something to comfort your child in case your little one gets upset. Sometimes that’s an extra bottle, a small snack or a pacifier.
  8. Avoid Technology During Your Session – I know it’s tempting to turn on your little one’s favorite YouTube video to try to get them to smile. However, I’ve seen this backfire more times then it works. Let’s save this for an absolute last resort. Sometimes little ones just need a few minutes to warm up and that’s okay!
  9. Go with the Flow – No matter what your little one does during the session know that we will get some great images. If you are stressed your little one will pick up on that. Just go with the flow and have some fun with me while we play with your little one together!
  10. Make Sure Everyone is Healthy – We won’t be able to photograph the best of your little one if he/she isn’t healthy. If you little one has a runny nose, fever, etc. please reschedule. It’s also not best to schedule pictures within 48 hours or receiving a vaccine. Typically little one’s aren’t on their A game right after that happens.

Have you had a session with me in the past and have a tip for everyone else? If so, share below in the comment section. I would love to hear it!

I look forward to seeing your little one for an upcoming sitter session!! If you don’t have one booked yet and your looking for more info on booking an Indianapolis child photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. I would love get a milestone session on the calendar.


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Tutus & Pearls – Milestone Session with KristeenMarie Photography

I was so glad to see Zaina back in the studio again.  The last time I saw her was earlier this year when she came to the studio for her newborn session.  She has grown so much and has the cutest smile!  Her daddy is a football player and she has his long arms and legs! Her little outfits that she wore were just adorable and she seemed to really love the pearls.

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I’m glad I got to see you again sweet Zaina.

Milestone sessions are so much fun as I get to continue to watch your little one grow.  This type of photography is so special because you will have photos to treasure forever! If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer don’t hesitate to reach out! I would love to photograph your little one or family no matter what stage you are in.

Gianna Sitter Session – Carmel Indiana Family Photography

This sweet baby girl is Gianna and she was full of smiles for her sitter session. This session was moved outdoors due to my studio being closed because of CORONA. However, I’m pretty obsessed with these images and I’m so glad we did move it outdoors.

This sweet girl happens to belong to one of my favorite people and the best physical therapists in Indy. We met when I was going though some infertility stuff between having my 1st and 2nd child. She is not only a great physical therapist but also a kind soul and someone great to talk to. If you are experiencing pain, trying to get pregnant, or currently pregnant then you need to see her. You won’t regret it!

It’s no surprise that these two beautiful people had this beautiful baby girl. She has the best cheeks, blue eyes that are so blue you can even tell their color in a black and white image, and a happy little smile. I can’t wait to continue watching her grow throughout her first year.


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Feel free to reach out if you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer. I would love to capture all the milestones in the lives of your family.


Ms. Elliot is Pretty in Pink – Sitter Session

This sweet little lady is so pretty in pink!  She recently came by the studio for her sitter session at 7 months old!  She was too cute and full of adorable smiles for her session!  She is such a happy little girl with lots of adorable baby rolls. I can’t wait to see how she reacts in just a few short months at her cake smash session- I have a feeling that she will be so adorable at that session as well!

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Such a little cutie! Thanks for coming to visit me in the studio.

Let me know if you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer. I would love to photograph your little one or your family in the studio or outdoors in the Indianapolis area.

Henry Sitter Session – Indianapolis Family Photographer

I’m way behind on blogging, but I had to come back to his session to show you adorable little Henry! Henry happens to belong to one of my good friends so I might be a little bias but I think he is pretty stinking adorable! His big brown eyes will just melt your heart!!  It seems like just yesterday that I photographed Henry for his newborn pictures- he’s growing up way too fast!

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Sitter Session with Lots of Emotion – Indianapolis Family Photographer

This little lady rocked her newborn session 7 months ago with lots of newborn smiles. Normally I’m lucky to get one smile out of a newborn but this sweetheart killed it and gave me lots! Now fast forward to her sitter session and she was still full of smiles. She not only gave us some great smiles but she showed off all of her personality!! She has some sass, smiles, and looks of utter amazement (probably wondering what the heck I was doing making all those crazy noises behind my camera).  Her little outfits were just the most adorable as well!

This little one looked good in everything! And she has the best little cheeks! I could have photographed her all day long. I can’t wait to see her again for her 1st birthday.

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Those looks and big brown eyes just get me every time! What a cutie!!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer let me know! I would love to hear about your photography needs and see if we might be a good fit for each other!!

Adalynn Sitter Session – Indianapolis Photographer

Little Adalynn is getting so big. It was a blast to have her in the studio for her sitter session. She is such an easy going little one and she gives the best smiles (especially for her mom!). This little one looked great in everything but my favorite was when she was in blue. Her bight blue eyes just popped on that blue background!  She is growing up WAY too fast!!

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I can’t wait to see you for your first birthday in a few months, Adalynn!

I would love to know if you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer. If so, let’s chat. You (and your little one) are welcome to come to my studio for a session or I’m happy to meet you out and about for an outdoor family session.

Pretty in Pink Sitter Session – Indianapolis Family & Child Photographer

This little beauty was full of smiles and adorable baby rolls. It was an adorable combo of cuteness! This little lady is welcome back in the studio any time!! We did everything from flower crowns to white twinkle lights and she smiled though the whole thing.

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Thanks for coming to visit me in the studio, sweet girl!!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. I wold love to photograph your little one and your family soon.

Sprouse Twins Sitter Session – Indianapolis Child Photography

Double the giggles, double the grins, this family surely has some adorable twins!  It was great seeing these beautiful girls and their mom again! They made me work for those sweet smiles, but it was so worth it.

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What a couple of cuties! I can’t wait for the cake smash session. These girls will be one before we know it.



Burke’s Sitter Milestone Session

I don’t often blog sitter sessions. Mostly because there just isn’t enough hours in a day to blog every session I shoot. However, I couldn’t pass this one up. This little guy was as happy as could be and I just couldn’t get over his sweet baby rolls – too cute! To top it off, he crawled for the first time during his session. It was a memorable shoot for everyone!

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I can’t wait to have this little guy in the studio for his cake smash session!! Stay tuned for those pictures.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. I would love to photograph your family.