First and most important...
If on the day of the session, your child is not feeling well, or
just having a bad day, please call and reschedule your appointment.
We would much rather reschedule than to have you less than thrilled
with the results. If your child does not feel well, it will show in
the finished portrait.
2. Never coach
or tell your child to smile. This will never result in a
natural expression. Children are born knowing how to smile and
often parents will try to teach them to do it a different way.
Getting the right expression is our responsibility. We will
never tell a child to smile! They will smile naturally as a
reaction to what is going on in the camera room. We don't always
want a smile anyway. A large smile will result in squinting.
3. What to wear...clothing
is an important factor in a portrait. Avoid outfits that makes your
child angry. We can usually do more than one outfit if your child
will tolerate it. Changing clothing can make a child frustrated or
angry. We cannot do 4 or 5 outfits. Here are a few tips:
* keep it simple. The more elaborate the outfit,
the more likely a part of it will be out of place during the
session. Children are not miniature adults... they tend to
move much quicker
* make your child the star of the show. Select an
outfit that doesn't compete with your child when you look at the
image. Avoid strong primary colors, and high contrast outfits (such
as light top and dark pants). A rule of thumb is to put light colors
together and dark colors together.
* patterns are fine if they are subtle. A strong
pattern competes with your child for attention. Avoid bold stripes,
plaids and big emblems or designs.
* shoes are definitely optional...don't spend a
great deal of time looking for the perfect shoes. We would much
rather see bare feet than the bottom of a shoe.
* hats are great, but to avoid messing up their
hair, or making them mad, we will add it toward the end.
These are just guidelines. If you have
doubts about what to bring, select several outfits and we
will help you decide when you get to the studio. Don't forget to
bring any items that are special to you or your child. A favorite
stuffed animal, a special piece of jewelry, an item that was given
to the child from a special person...
4. What to expect...
When most people arrive at the studio, they need a little time to
get settled in. We schedule plenty of time for your session so don't
feel we need to get started right away. Your child needs to
get comfortable with us. We can tell when it's time to get
started. It's ok to arrive a few minutes early, but avoid
getting here too early. It's likely there is a session scheduled
before you and we don't want to use up your child's patience just
waiting for us.
5. What should you do while we're
photographing...We consider you part of
the team and you are welcome to join us in the camera room.
Most children will feel a bit more comfortable
with you there, and we will sometimes need your help. Please avoid
coaching the child, especially if there is more than one adult in
the room. We will need the child to look in a certain
direction, and too many voices will be confusing. This is your
child's special time. Please avoid bringing other children or
friends that are not a part of the session. Sometimes it is best if
we work with the children alone.
6. Bribes... We're
not above a little bribery as a last resort, but we caution parents
not to start with a bribe. In other words don't promise a special
treat or trip if they're good while here. A properly placed bribe is
a thing of beauty and can be highly effective if done at the right
time. It's rarely needed, but nice to know it's there just in case.
Finally... if there
is anything we can do to make your experience better, or special
situations we should be aware of, please contact us at (315)
465-4848 We encourage you to stop by and look at the many
samples to get ideas for your child's portrait. We look forward to
creating a portrait of your child that you will cherish forever.