Your session is right around the corner! We’ve had our consultation, discussed the details, and I may have been introduced to your kiddo(s). Are you ready for your child’s portrait session? We’ve prepared a checklist of things for you to remember in order to help make sure your child is prepared for their moment in the spotlight!

1.Don’t forget to feed your child before the session. Also, pack snacks just in case hunger strikes again while we’re photographing.

2. Bring more than one outfit. Have backup clothes, just in case. And I suggest that you don’t change your child into their session clothing until after you have fed them. Also, be be very careful on with drinks, as well – only clear liquids in a safe cup.

3. Let your child help when picking out their clothes for the session (even if they have a hideous sense of fashion.) By letting your child wear their his favorite shirt or shoes, etc. this will help them him feel more comfortable. If their choice of clothing is awful or doesn’t match, see if you can use that shirt as an undershirt or tell them him that they  can put it on for a couple of shots at the end of the session.

4. If you have a young child, try to schedule the session before or after their nap-time so they will be well-rested and happy for photos. Sleepy kiddos aren’t happy kiddos.

5. Have a treat ready. Bring fruit snacks, candy, a toy, etc. and let them him know that if they cooperate that they will get said bribery at the end of our time. Some parents have rewarded their children by telling them with a Netflix show on Mommy or Daddy’s phone. Use whatever you think will work for your child to motivate them him to cooperate.

6. Bring along their her favorite toy or blanket. This will help your child be comfortable in a new, unfamiliar surrounding. Just be prepared aware that this will probably become a prop in some of the photos, so bring something that is pleasing to the eyes or has sentimental value and you’d be okay with photos of it.

7. Talk to your child about the session and explain what’s going to happen. If your child is informed about the situation, they will be better prepared and less anxious. Tell them that they are going to meet a new friend who is going to take some pictures of them. Let them her know that you’ll be there with them and that we are going to have lots of fun. We might change their clothes once or twice and ask them to sit a certain way. During the session, I will show them a couple of the photos on the back of the camera so they can put two and two together.

8. Wear sturdy shoes. It’s challenging to chase a little one around in flip-flops or heels. During the session, I might ask you to grab your child if they keep running out of the frame. Or I may have us walking around exploring, so we need to be prepared to keep your feet safe and comfortable.

9. Smile and enjoy the session! Guaranteed that you’ll be laughing if you just embrace the craziness that is childhood. I’ve seen just about everything, and won’t stress out if your child isn’t behaving the way you think they should be. Instead, I’ll capture the candid, the posed, and everything in between in order to give you beautiful images to treasure over the coming years.

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