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Six top tips to Prepare for your Portrait Photos (Yourself and Young Children)


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Having a professional portrait session can be an enjoyable and thrilling experience. However, preparing adequately is crucial to make the most of your session. Below are some valuable tips to prepare yourself and your young children for portrait photos:


1. Choose your outfits wisely.

When taking photos, your clothes can make a difference in how you look and feel. Choosing outfits that highlight your ideal body shape and make you feel confident is important. If you are unsure, seek advice, there are plenty of websites that can help you pick the right outfit for you.

And for little ones, it's best to wear comfortable clothes that won't hinder their fun. Avoid anything too complicated or tight. Let them move around freely and enjoy the photo session!

2. Get a good night's sleep.

Getting good sleep can enhance your appearance and mood for your photographs. Aiming for 7-8 hours of sleep the night before your photo session is recommended.

3. Eat a healthy breakfast.

It's always good to start your day with a healthy breakfast! It can give you the energy you need to take on your day. Instead of sugary cereals or pastries, try choosing something more nutrient-rich. Consider eggs, oatmeal, or fruit. You will want to feel good and able to enjoy your session.

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3. Eat a healthy breakfast.

It's always good to start your day with a healthy breakfast! It can give you the energy you need to take on your day. Instead of sugary cereals or pastries, try choosing something more nutrient-rich. Consider eggs, oatmeal, or fruit. You will want to feel good and able to enjoy your session.

4. Avoid drinking alcohol.

When you're planning to have photos taken, it's helpful to skip drinking alcohol on that day. Alcohol can dry out your skin and make you look tired in pictures. It's best to stay hydrated and fresh for the perfect shot!

5. Get your hair and makeup done.

If you need more clarification about styling your hair or doing your makeup, why not seek professional help? It can boost your confidence in photos and make you feel great about yourself!

6. Relax and have fun!

To get the best results from your portrait session, it's also important that you feel relaxed and comfortable. It can show in the photos if you're feeling stressed or tense! So, take a moment to breathe and let yourself unwind. Remember, this is all about having a good time!


Here are a few additional tips for preparing young children for portrait photos:
childen with camera
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  • Before the photo session, chatting with your child about what will happen is a good idea. You can tell them that we will take some pictures together and ask them to do their best to sit still and show off their smiles.

  • A friendly reminder to bring your child's favourite toys or activities to the session, so they can have fun and stay entertained.

  • If your child is shy, we can start the session with simple, fun poses. Then move on to more complex poses as they get more comfortable.

  • Remember to be patient and understanding with your little one. If they start getting cranky, take a break and return to it later. It's perfectly normal and will help both of you feel better. For this reason, we always allow a little extra time when doing children's photoshoots.

To summarise:

By preparing yourself ahead of time, you can guarantee that your portrait photos turn out great. Take a deep breath, enjoy yourself, and embrace the experience!


Keith Burton (c) 2023

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