Preparing your child for a professional photoshoot is essential to ensure that the experience goes smoothly and that you capture beautiful, natural-looking photos. Here are some steps to help you prepare your child:
1. Communicate and Set Expectations:
Depending on the age of your child, have a simple and age-appropriate conversation about the photoshoot. Explain that it will be a fun activity where they get to smile, pose, and possibly play with toys. Emphasise that there is no need to be nervous, and it’s okay to take breaks if they need to.
2. Choose the Right Time:
Schedule the photoshoot during a time when your child is usually well-rested and in a good mood. Avoid times when they are typically hungry or tired.
3. Clothing and Outfits:
Pick out the outfits your child will wear in advance. Ensure they are comfortable and fit well. If there’s a specific theme or colour scheme for the shoot, coordinate your child’s clothing accordingly.
4. Practice Poses:
If your child is old enough to understand, practice a few simple poses at home. Let them have fun with it, so they become comfortable with the idea of posing for photos.
5. Bring Comfort Items:
Bring any comfort items your child may need, such as a favourite toy, blanket, or pacifier. These can provide a sense of security during the photoshoot.
6. Snacks and Drinks:
Pack some light snacks and water to keep your child energised and hydrated during the shoot, especially if it’s a longer session.
7. Relaxation Techniques:
Teach your child some relaxation techniques, like taking deep breaths or counting to ten, to help them stay calm if they feel nervous.
8. Positive Reinforcement:
Offer positive reinforcement and praise throughout the photoshoot. Let your child know how great they’re doing, and offer small rewards if it’s appropriate.
9. Stay Calm and Patient:
Children can sense their parents’ emotions, so stay calm and patient throughout the process. Avoid getting frustrated if your child becomes uncooperative or fussy.
10. Trust the Photographer:
Encourage your child to trust the photographer and follow their directions. Explain that the photographer is there to make them look their best and to have fun.
11. Be Prepared for Breaks:
Understand that your child may need short breaks during the photoshoot. This is entirely normal and allows them to recharge.
12. Bring Backup:
Bring extra clothing, nappies, wipes, and anything else your child might need. You never know when accidents or spills might happen.
13. Review Safety Measures:
Please discuss any concerns you may with the photographer, such as any props or equipment that could be hazardous. We ensure our studio is a safe environment for all, but happy to put any worried minds at rest.
14. Be Flexible:
Be open to spontaneity and candid moments during the shoot. Some of the best photos are often unplanned.
Remember that the key to a successful child photoshoot is creating a relaxed and enjoyable environment. The more prepared and comfortable your child feels, the more likely you are to capture natural and beautiful images. If you have any concerns at all about an up and coming shoot, or you are thinking to book one, we’d be happy to chat!