Baby & Family Session Guide
Thank you for allowing me the amazing and rewarding job of photographing your baby! I am truly honoured to be able to capture some beautiful images for you and I look forward to getting to know you and your sweet baby! The tips found in this Baby/Family Session Guide will help you prepare for your photoshoot.
How to Prepare for Your Photoshoot?
If your baby has any band-aids on the foot, thigh, etc., please remove them as soon as you possibly can to allow the imprint marks to disappear.
Make sure your baby has napped and eaten before the session.
It is perfectly okay to bring bribes to the photo session. Some crackers, snacks, or other treats that won’t stain their teeth or make to much mess, can help a short photo session go by smoothly. Please avoid giving them food or drink anything that will stain their face, teeth or mouths.
For toddlers and older children, please remove any nail polish on fingernails, and make sure there’s no texta or pen marks over legs and arms.
Please bring your baby’s favourite toy, whether it’s a ball, rattle or squeaky toy and quite often some music, anything you may have on your phone will work well especially if they have some favourite music. Music is so important – it can turn a unhappy baby into a bopping/dancing baby 🙂
At the Session
Be patient. If your baby is fussy, clingy or upset, don’t stress out. Your baby can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the environment as mellow as possible. We will try to get them comfortable, but may need to take a break and settle/feed your baby.
With your baby’s photos – depending on age and ability, we will place them in a few props, photograph them on their tummy, back and sitting etc. on different backgrounds.
Do not dress your baby in the outfit you’d like them to wear for the photos until you arrive at the studio.
For baby girls, you can’t go wrong with cute dresses, rompers, nappy covers and dainty hats or headbands. I do have some rompers and tutu’s and lots of headbands available for use.
For baby boys, jeans and polos or a button-up shirt, or a T-shirt (with no logos) can be very cute, as well as overalls. Accessories are good too – little hats, suspenders, ties, etc. I do have some nappy covers available for use with suspenders.
Bring outfits for your baby that are light or dark monotones which drives the attention in the photos to their face and expressions instead of loud prints or colours. I like to photograph babies under one with minimal amount of clothing anyway but please bring an outfit if they are having family and/or sibling photos. Their family/sibling outfit must compliment the outfits worn by the rest of the family.
Wardrobe tip: see the four clothing idea photos here – these are really to give you an idea on how to co-ordinate your clothing colours – as shown keep any patterned tops to one person and you can then pull colours from that outfit to wear as solid colours for others.
A subtle application of make-up can really soften your skin and accent your facial features. Natural looking fake lashes can flatter your eyes.
For wardrobe, long or 3/4-sleeve tops are very flattering. If you wear jewellery, aim for subtlety and be aware of its twisting and turning. A fresh coat of nail polish will make a world of a difference in your photoshoot. Pick a neutral colour that won’t distract in your shoot or clash with your outfits.
Be freshly shaved, trim up your beard, sideburns, moustache or goatee. Make sure your nails are clean and trimmed.
Wear jeans or pants with shirt, or T-shirt / polo etc
Including older brother/sister(s) in your baby’s portraits is the perfect way to document this time in your lives.
For wardrobe, wear cute dresses or skirt and top and don’t forget accessories like headbands.
Jeans and polos, button-up shirt or t-shirt works well.
Siblings and baby don’t have to match perfectly, just coordinate. You can’t go wrong with light or dark monotones, which will help the eyes focus on their beautiful faces rather than loud clothing.
- Wear solid coloured clothing – not to many patterns & tight stripes etc.
- Muted tones are best rather than bright colours. I do not recommend wearing bright loud colours
- Choose 1-3 colours for your family portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. Creams, white and navy for example.
- You will probably be required to sit on the ground so ladies I recommend staying away from short skirts.