Did you know that creativity has enemies? Our goal is to recognize and avoid them so that your session will go smoothly, so let’s look at a few.
Wrong Ages Together
Every child at every age has a different personality and reacts to us in the camera room in different ways. Babies need soft cooing while toddlers need more intensity in approach. Older children get bored with the attention given to the younger ones and start to fidget. They are all over the map. To ensure the best outcome, we need to photograph your children using you, the parents, as the “cement” to hold things together. Your baby is most comfortable in your lap; your toddler wants to be held in mom or dad’s arms. Toddlers holding babies without a parent is a formula for tears and sniffles. Of course, an Establishing portrait of the family is the foundation of a Relationship session. The key is that it includes parents for stability.
Too Many Voices
When there are too many people (voices) that come into the camera room, it can be distracting for young children. Instead of focusing on us, they will look at you for approval. Please consider either hiding or leaving the camera room to allow us to engage our subjects and capture the perfect portrait for you.
Often, we think in order to guarantee a smooth session, we must tell our children how important the portrait is and insist they be GOOD! Then we tell them it is important that they SMILE! A child, when they hear these things, will do one of two things. They will over compensate and appear rigid or they will rebel. This makes it hard to capture their true expressions. We would much rather coax a natural expression and smile out of them than get the fake smile they may have practiced, thinking that is what you want. Simply tell your child or children that they are going to have their portrait taken and it will be fun and let us take care of the rest!
As odd as it may sound, when a very young child gets too comfortable in our studio, they want to get down and run, run, run. The longer they are down, the harder it is to pick them up to start the session as they don’t want to be restrained. Please help us by coming to the studio fully dressed if possible, carry your child in your arms from the car to the camera room and don’t put them down until it becomes necessary. If you need the get dressed here, carry them out from the dressing room in your arms. We will get the most intimate images first and as a child gets comfortable, we will get more playful pieces.
We often think of variety as clothing or background changes, but for us, we prefer to focus on you and get our variety through changing camera angles, subject placement and lighting. It is a win-win as we won’t wear young children out with clothing changes and long pauses in the session while we change backgrounds.