CHILDREN'S PORTRAIT TIPS
Do you smile when you’re under pressure? Imagine yourself sitting in front of a stranger with your mother or father leaning over saying:
*Smile! Why don’t you want to smile?
*Sit up, come on now, sit up and smile!
*If you don’t smile, no McDonalds!
*I know you hate to wear that outfit, honey, but just smile so we can get the pictures done.
*Come on sweetie, don’t cry now…it’s almost over, just one more smile.
Goodness! What pressure!. It’s almost guaranteed after an experience like that that your child will never want a professional photo ever again. I aim to solve that problem by coming to you in an environment that both you and your child enjoy.
When do you wish you had your camera with you? It’s when Little Johnny or Little Suzie are running wild…playing with toys, riding tricycles, rolling in the grass, flying down a slide, spinning in circles, etc. Everyone knows that your kids don’t wear a red velvet dress or slacks and button up shirt by choice. Show your friends and family that wonderful, happy child you know.
No rushed sessions or strict rules. An hour to an hour and a half is usually enough time to capture enough images to have a hard time deciding which ones to enlarge.
Children, like infants, should be well fed. It would be a great idea to bring a small supply of your child's favorite snack.
-Clothing choices should be simple, solid colored clothes. Avoid bold and bright colors and clothing with patterns.
-Having your picture taken by a stranger can often be stressful for a child and the snacks can sometimes help remove some of that stress and can be used to encourage cooperation. As hard as it is, the parent should be prepared to step back from the shoot and let the photographer and the child interact. If the photographer needs or wants the parents' assistance, they will ask. Often a child is more likely to be compliant to wishes of the photographer than the parent. This is not always the case, but is something to keep in mind. Again, bring along a favorite toy, something small and portable.