Warning: Come Prepared To Let The Plan Go!
If your child meets me and brings their personality with bells on and we breeze through it then everyone’s happy. But we’re talking about kids and babies. You don’t go to the grocery store without bringing that bag full of wipes, snacks, juiceboxes, formula, extra clothes, their favorite toy and a paci-such battle-gear is never more important than when you need your child to smile or at least relax with a stranger pointing a camera at them!
When planning your session be prepared for the worst possible scenario and hopefully you’ll never need an entire change of clothing down to the socks. It would be great if we didn’t have to stop for ten minutes while your tyke takes a Goldfish and Juicebox break but it’s okay if they need it. We want a happy kid.
Schedule the session in advance and aim for the time when your child has eaten recently and isn’t five minutes from their scheduled crash time. Don’t book a session to follow a pee-wee softball game or dance lesson. A great photographic moment can happen at the worst possible time but why set yourself-up and cross your fingers.
Telling me as much as you can about your kids and what types of shots you want gives us all the advantage and is part of The Plan!
Photo shoot day is definitely the day it’s okay to shove those bribe treats at our little campers. For just one day it’s okay to have 5 sugar cookies or a bag of gummy worms. All those things you say no to? Be prepared to say YES if it means getting that shot for our brief time together. They’ll be okay for one day and trust me, the promise of ice cream, a hot chocolate, a Happy Meal is a lot easier than trying to explain that we only have an hour, that if you could just stand there, smile this way, wear that hat, don’t shove your sister and other greatest hits..
What to avoid: flourescent neon colors (they throw off all of the other colors in the image) and pinstripes (which end up looking psychedelic).
Other than that, anything goes and I want you to go there. Choose clothing that is, first of all, comfortable. An overdressed toddler will be a stressed toddler. Don’t layer onesies under outfits, to avoid overheating.
Show personality in your outfit choices. And bring extra clothing options because the best laid plans are often out of our control when dealing with little ones.
Props for Pics
“Props” is not a dirty word.
A prop can be an old shoe shine kit, a vintage style wooden soda crate, a fabulous footstool or your grandfather’s cowboy hat.
If you buy a prop for our session and I LOVE it, I’ll buy it for 70% of what you paid and deduct that amount from your digital gallery price.
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