Getting portraits taken can be really stressful for some adults, and can often be really stressful for children. I strive to make every photo session relaxed and personal. I want to see your inner beauty shine! Here are some tips to help make sure you and your families enjoy your time together with me so that we can get beautiful and amazing photos!
1. Get plenty of sleep the night before. Rested people are happy people!
2. Don't come hungry! This is particularly important for babies, children and pregnant women. None of us are at our best when we're thinking about our growling bellies.
3. If you have small children, please talk with them about the photo session before hand. Ideally, I'd like to even meet them at our client pre-session meeting so that there's not suddenly a stranger in their faces on the day of the shoot. It's less intimidating for them if they are aware that they are ALLOWED to play and ALLOWED to just be who they are as little individuals.
4. Bring snacks and water! (see #2) ... make sure it's not chocolate or grape juice or anything that would ruin an outfit if it gets dripped or spilled, though.
5. Allow yourselves plenty of time to both get ready for the session and get to the session. Getting stressed out before your session can have an adverse reaction. Be on time, but please try to arrange your schedule so that it's not a fussy ordeal.
Now, for the frank talk:
I want you to be comfortable in the session. I want your children to be comfortable in the session. This means that I can't have "sideline coaching". Please try to refrain from calling out to your children "say cheese!" or "SMILE!". I am there to capture who they are in that moment. If the moment is right, I will get it. If it is not, I will work with them to get their cheeky little smiles, by saying something silly or offering them a prop to distract them. I love children and even the shy ones warm up to me with time and patience. Adding pressure to smile doesn't normally work and rarely looks natural.
I will not allow physical punishments for not smiling. This is completely counter-productive to our goals.
I don't encourage bribery. If this is something you normally use, please be sure to handle it before the session or after the session so that I have your child's attention, rather than them fussing because they REALLY want that sucker.