Sounds too simple to work but when a parent is nervous or apprehensive, children (especially under the age of 4) tend to get nervous and apprehensive right along with them. So take a deep breath and remember that unless you’ve been with us before, that this is going to be totally different than any photographic experiences you’ve ever had. All kids have a great time here but fair warning…many get mad when you tell them it’s time to leave. I guess you could say they had fun.2. Two Big No-No’s To Avoid…
#1…never, ever coach or tell your child to smile…either here or at home. Children are born knowing how to smile naturally and then we as parents teach them to do a different way. If we don’t tell them to smile, they’ll smile naturally as a reaction to what’s going on. After all, expression is our responsibility, so don’t put any extra pressure on yourself or your child.
#2…don’t tell them they’re coming to have their picture taken. Most children leave here never even knowing they had their portrait made…and the ones that do know don’t care because they just came to play and that’s what they did. If you have to tell them something just tell them you’re going to do something fun.3. What to wear…
Clothing is an important factor in a photo shoot. The more appropriate the clothing, the better the photos. Avoid outfits that make a child angry. And although we can sometimes do two outfits on a child, they get bored and frustrated and cannot do 4-5 outfits. Here are a few little tips that can help you select an outfit that will both photograph well and have a happy child in it:
# Keep it simple. The more complex the outfit the more likely it is that part of it will be out of place during the session. Children are not miniature adults…they tend to move a lot more.
# Patterns are fine if they are very subdued…a strong pattern competes with your child for attention. So avoid bold stripes, plaids and big emblems or designs. Clothing is replaceable…children are one of a kind.
# Shoes are optional…don’t spend a great deal of time searching for the perfect shoes. In most cases we prefer bare feet and so do the children. Simply put, I’d much rather see cute little toes than the bottom of a shoe.
# Hats…are great but to avoid crushing their hair or making them mad, bring it and we’ll add it toward the end.
Totally confused yet? Don’t be…these are not carved in stone rules…they’re just suggestions. If you’re not sure, just bring 3 or 4 things and we’ll help you pick the ones that will photograph best.4. What to expect…
When most people arrive at the studio, they need a moment to get settled in. That’s why we plan on taking the first 10-15 min. to let you get comfortable and let your child get comfortable with us. This is play time but it’s important because it lets your child get comfortable with us and it lets us see what kind of things your little one reacts to. During this time, the best thing to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the show…the silliness is about to begin. Remember, it’s okay to arrive a few minutes early but avoid getting her too early because in most cases there’s a session scheduled before you and we don’t want to use up your child’s patience just waiting.5. What should you do while we’re photographing…
We consider you part of the team and you’re welcome to join us on the set. Children usually feel a little more comfortable with you there and sometimes we even need your help. The only thing we ask is that you try your best not to talk out loud while we’re working with your child…the sound of your voice is the most familiar sound in the world to them and they will invariably look at you right when we need them to be looking somewhere else so it’s best to stand behind me and near the camera, if you are able to make your child laugh or smile its best they are looking in my direction. This is less distracting for the child as well. For outdoor sessions let them go and be themselves, I will crawl, walk, and run to them. This is when we get the best shots, when they are discovering the world around them. Sometimes we can use this to our advantage but as a rule…mum is the word.6. For Babies…
Bring Onesies, white is a must and any other colors you want. Booties, hats, body wraps are also great.
For newborns and babies: Regular feedings, diaper changes and crying fits are normal and expected.
Newborns are best photographed in the first 2 weeks; they last about 2 to 3 Hours. When driving to your session please dress your baby in loosing fitting clothing with no socks, this will prevent any clothing marks on their bodies.
1. In some children studio lights bring out slight colors and complexions that are different from natural light photography.
2. In some photographs you will observe your child’s hair tone going lighter or darker.
3. In some photographs you will observe your child’s skin tone going lighter or darker.
4. In some photographs you will observe your child’s eyes going slightly lighter or darker.
5. In some photographs you will observe your child’s clothing colors slightly lighter or darker.To check the Weather Forecast for your outdoor photo session please click Weather Forecast. * For help / advice please contact us via Phone: 0843 88 64246 or Help Desk or Facebook or Website or E-mail: [email protected]