PREPARING KIDS FOR YOUR PORTRAIT SESSION Clean, clean, clean – clean nails, clean hair, wipe away eye boogers, clean feet (sandals on kids = black feet!), wipe snotty noses, fresh-scrub teeth. The cleaner the kid, the better their photos will turn out. If your child is still in diapers or pull-ups, tuck’em in or wear bloomers. If your child is still of napping age, make sure they nap before the shoot. It is perfectly okay to bring bribes to a photo shoot – given a stage and being the center of attention, it’s like our kids know exactly when to act their worst. Some cereal, smarties or other candy that won’t stain teeth can help a short photo shoot go by smoothly. Avoid colorful drinks or lollypops within 24 hours of your shoot, don’t let them eat or drink anything that will stain their face, teeth or mouths. Wardrobe – For girls, you can’t go wrong with cute dresses, rompers, and dainty hats or headbands. For boys, jeans and polos or a button-up shirt, or a T-shirt with a button-up over it can be very cute, as well as overalls on the right age and personality. For siblings, the children don’t have to match perfectly, just coordinate. You can’t go wrong with dark, rich monotones, which drive the attention in photos to sweet faces and darling expressions instead of loud prints or colors. If nothing else, pick a color that compliments your child’s eye color.
PREPARING FOR YOUR MATERNITY SHOOT Here's some hand tips. Moisturize that belly! Gather your props to bring along – ultrasound printout, alphabet blocks that spell your baby’s name, baby shoes, stuffed animals, flowers, whatever you’ve seen in other maternity photos that you like. Wear whatever you feel comfortable and pretty in – long, flowy skirts, especially solids are nice, and strapless bras that coordinate with them. Tube dresses are great for showing off your shape. Bring a pair of regular jeans, not the belly panel ones. A button-up shirt also makes it easy to transition into showing your belly. If you’re doing semi-nude/implied nude photos, bras and underwear will create noticable lines on your skin, so wear loose-fitting clothing to the shoot. You can add undergarments as necessary for photos later in the shoot. Do bring your significant other! They’ll make a great prop for your photos, and greatly expand on the number of different photos you can make during your shoot. They should bring outfits that coordinate with what you’ll be wearing, or a dark long-sleeved shirt or sweater and dark pants. The focus should always be on you, your expressions, your emotions, your personality, your joy and your connection.
BOUDOIR I have a beautiful light room I use or when I travel I am very careful with what I pick. It is nice and private and very empowering for women and I position the women in flattering positions to hide bits their self- conscious about and to flatter the areas they love. It is a fantastic gift for a loved one or a brilliant treat for yourself to boost your confidence if you need it. Boudoir shoots are a little more expensive but great value for money and very private. They don't need to go on Facebook at all, the ones you see on my page clients have said I can share a few and i check with them which ones before they go on too so if you don't want any up that's fine. If you have a spray tan make sure it is even and matches your makeup. Also with spray tans watch out around the ankles, feet and fingers. What to bring with you, any matching underwear you like, maybe a fav shirt of your mans, corset, stockings and suspenders if you like that, some nice heels, nightie or teddy boy you like. I have bits and pieces too you can borrow. Think carefully about what special items to bring and what looks good on your body. Other things to think of are having nice nail varnish that isn’t chipped. If you’re a new bride or bride to be bringing your veil, matching stockings and white heels and garter looks amazing and goes down very well with partners. A popular ad on is a photo book or canvas if you wish.
NEWBORNS & BABIES Use a wash cloth to clean away flaky skin and eye boogers. If your baby has flaky skin, cradle cap, or eczema. Trim those tiny fingernails and toenails with appropriate baby trimmers. Book your shoot around your baby’s feeding and nap times, work with the natural rhythm of your baby. The perfect time to shoot is right when the baby would be laying down for a nap. If your baby normally falls asleep after a feeding, wait to feed the baby until you’re at the shoot. Baby photographers allot plenty of time for this sort of thing to set up the best situation for great photos. Dress up paper diapers. Cloth diapers are classy and stylish, but if you don’t use them, bring bloomers or decorative diaper covers, solids preferred. Nothing is the best wardrobe for a newborn – no outfit fits a newborn well, and they often look swallowed in clothes. Accessories are good, though – little hats, dainty headbands, boys in crocheted hats, etc. Bring sentimental items like the quilt that Grandma made for the baby, a baby blanket from your own childhood – they’re great for the youngster to lay on. If your baby takes a pacifier, bring it – if they’re bottle fed, bring an extra bottle to help put the baby to sleep.
WHAT WILL I DO TO YOUR IMAGES? Occasionally when needed I smooth skin, spots & blemishes then apply a beautiful colour to make your image pop even more. Most of all i want your images to look natural.