How to Prepare Your Child For a Photo Shoot!

By Lori Henderson

As a Professional Children’s Photographer, I am always appreciative of a well prepared subject. Unfortunately, they are a rarity. It’s not easy to express how important this one step is in obtaining the most from your session. Here are six steps that you can take to help ensure a successful shoot:

1. Pay close attention to the clothing choice. Strong patterns are pretty in real life. However, they are not flattering in a photo. The pattern demands too much attention. The focus should be on the child.

2. Have a well rested child. You should NEVER schedule a photo shoot near nap time.

3. Bring your child’s favorite toy, blankie or doll. Not only might your photographer choose to use it in a few photos (which is a great memory for later years) but, it will go a long way in comforting your child.

4. (And this is a big one) Don’t stand beside the photographer telling your child to say CHEESE! Where in the world did that come from? It’s a photographers nightmare!

5. Explain to your child, a few days before the scheduled session, what to expect. Then do it again, a little each day.

6. Try not to make it seem so important. Children just want to have fun, and (if you’ve chosen the right photographer) so does she. “Hint-Hint”

Contemporary Photographer’s are a huge change from what used to be the norm. Follow these simple steps. It will make a huge difference in the success of your child’s first photo shoot and your photographer will love you for it!

Lori Henderson is a Contemporary Children’s Photographer and would like to invite you visit her website and view her portfolio.

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