I’m a big fan of The Lovey. When photographing children, I often ask the parents to bring along his or her favorite “lovey.” I can almost hear the mom’s nose scrunching up on the other end of the phone: “Oh, I don’t know. That old thing is so ratty I’m not sure I want it in the pictures.” I understand why it seems unusual. But I’m a born story-teller. That’s what I’m hired to do – create images that showcase your family where they are at this moment. The well-loved puppy or blankie is one way to tell your little one’s story.
Thankfully, my clients trust my instincts. And it never fails; these are often some of their favorite images. So don’t be afraid to bring along that tired, ratty doll. It’s precious to them, which will be precious to you.