Preparing for your Birthday Child’s Session
To make sure this is an enjoyable session for your child you want to book a time of day that is best for them even if it means having to wait a week or two because their best time of day is not available right away. There best time of day is when they are most happy, not hungry or sleepy, mainly their hyper time.
It is also a good idea to go over with me what type of shoots you are looking for are they mainly in-studio shoots or outdoor shoots. If you are looking for outdoor shoots its also a good idea to pick a rain date just in case the session falls on a raining day. A birthday session is pretty much the same as a child session only differenc is we include the letters to spell out their age
What to bring
For a child’s session it is important to bring a few of their comfort and favorite things, along with snacks lots of snacks and treats. I typically have smarties on hand but just in case they are too young or don’t like smarties its good to have a backup plan.
A few things I recommend you bring . . .
- anything you would like incorporated into your shoot. Special item to you and your family.
- a few clothing changes that you would like your child to wear.
- snacks for you and your family
Preparing your Child
Make sure they get a good nights sleep the night before or a good nap if coming later in the day. Also make sure they have been fed at least an hour before the session so they are not hungry and grouchy.
A few days before the session let them know you are doing a photo shoot so it is not a surprise and over whelming to them. One great way to get them excited about the session is to get an old camera and let them pose you and take pictures and then show them the pictures they took. This sometimes means they will want to see every picture I take of them during the shoot but I don’t mind doing that for them
Preparing your family
If you have more than one child and are planning on having them photographed together and separately its a good idea to have 2 adults so that one can entertain the child not being photographed so they don’t get bored.
The most important thing . . .
If when you arrive and the session starts, and your child or children are having an off day and just not interested in being photographed, we can reschedule your session for another day. We all have off days and its understandable that children have them too.
Hopefully you will enjoy the experience of your session and this special bonding moment for your family!