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What to Bring Along to Your Child’s First Photo Session

If you’ve recently booked a photo shoot with a professional photographer, there are a few things that you might want to consider bringing with you to the shoot.  Some parents might wonder why they should be the ones to bring stuff along. They’re the customer right?

The truth is, you’re hiring a photographer to do what they do best, take amazing photos, and there are some things that even the best studios won’t have available to you.

Here are a few things that you should consider bringing along to your child’s photo shoot if you want the best possible photos:

  1. Whether you’re bringing several children along to the photo shoot or you would like to fit in a few shots of you and your spouse alone, you want to keep your child occupied when they aren’t in front of the camera and toys are the best way to do this.
  2. A good book. Is there a specific book that your child simply loves? Bring it along to the session to either read to them while they’re being photographed or to read to a child that isn’t being photographed at that time. Your bedtime routine is so special but you never really get photos of it so this is the perfect opportunity to do just that.
  3. Their favorite stuffed animal. Every child has that one stuffed animal that they take everywhere and even though it might be looking a little worse for wear, that stuffed animal plays a big role in your child’s life. One of the best parts about taking photos is that it captures a specific moment in time and that raggedy old bear is going to make for heartwarming photos years from now.
  4. Additional outfits. If you have a young child in the house, you’ll understand how quickly an outfit can get ruined. The last thing you want to worry about on the day of your photo shoot is whether your child is going to ruin their outfit before or during the shoot, which is why it’s always a great idea to bring an extra change of clothing just in case. It will really help with your nerves too.

How to Make Your Family Photo Session One to Remember

  1. Plan it out. The one thing that every family photo session needs is a plan. What you’re going to wear, where the photo session will take place and how you’d potentially like to pose are all details you should discuss with your photographer ahead of time. It’s important to be flexible though to avoid any frustration on the day of the shoot. Your family’s session should be less about getting the perfect shot and more about enjoying the moment and making new memories together.

 

  1. Keep it light and fun. People playing, letting go and having a giggle make for some of the best photos so make your family shoot a fun event that will leave everyone feeling happy and content. If you want to change things up a bit, bring along a few props such as glasses, balloons or toys to add that element of fun to your photos. An added bonus is that bringing some props along such as toys can keep your younger family members busy while their siblings are being photographed. You know what makes your family light up so find ways to incorporate those interests into your shoot.

 

  1. Leave your expectations at the door. The perfect family photo session that you have in your head might not be what plays out on the day of the session, so it’s best to let go of any expectations that you might have. Instead, focus on relaxing and having fun and let your photographer do what they do best.

 

  1. Everyone has a part to play. In order to make your shoot seem less like a chore and more like a fun family event, get your entire family involved. Ask for everyone’s input when it comes to clothing, locations, props and poses. Give each family member an opportunity to speak and take a vote on the best ideas. When family members, especially children, are able to give their input, they’ll end up being a lot more cooperative on the day of the shoot.

 

How Moms Can Feel More Confident in Photos

Moms always do a fantastic job of documenting the lives of their children all the way from birth to college.

You only have to look at a mother’s social media pages to see how much they cherish the big and small moments in their children’s lives. Every milestone is important to them.

Moms are no strangers to scrapbooking, blogging and documenting their child’s special moments, but the problem is that they often leave themselves out of their collection of photos.

Many times moms will ask to be left out of photos when they bring their children through for a shoot. If they do decide that they want to be in the photos, they’ll usually book the shoot months in advance so that they can lose any extra weight.

Every mom should be in more photos with her children and every mom deserves to feel good about the way she looks in those photos. Here are a few tips to help moms look fabulous in all future photos.

Keep that smile natural. There’s nothing more beautiful than a natural smile or laugh so do what it takes to smile as sincerely as possible. Bring someone along to tell you a few jokes to put you at ease if need be but don’t force that smile.

Angle your body. It’s time to put all those yoga classes to good use. In order to make your hips look narrower and your shoulders wider, aim to position your body at a ninety-degree angle from the photographer. Now, simply turn your hips towards the camera and square your shoulders.

Use your children as props. Many women really can’t stand looking at themselves in photos and if this is the case for you, get your children to stand or sit in front of you to avoid being the main focus in the photos.

Keep that chin down. Unfortunately, sticking your chin in the air doesn’t make for flattering photos. By keeping your chin down, you’ll create shadows and contours that will compliment your face. If you’re worried about having a double chin, lean forward slightly to prevent this from happening.

Tone down your outfit. A busy outfit is not the best route to go if you’re looking to go unnoticed in a photo. Keep your clothing simple in order to hide anything that you don’t want to draw attention to. You can also opt for black and white photos if you really want to take the attention away from specific details.

Use natural lighting. Forget the camera flash and opt to have your photos taken in a room where there’s tons of natural light. It makes for amazing photos.

 

Convincing Your Spouse to Invest in a Family Photo Session

All too often, men will do something just to make their wives happy and photo sessions can fall into this category.

Most men don’t really enjoy having their photos taken, which is why you need to focus on what they do enjoy if you want to convince them that a family photo shoot is a good idea.

Jot down a few things that your spouse really loves to do in his spare time or things he enjoys doing with you and your children. Playing a game of baseball, visiting an amusement park or tossing a Frisbee around in the back yard are just a few examples of things your husband would rather be doing than posing in an outfit that you chose for him and staring at a camera for an hour or two.

So how do you bring up the topic of a family photo shoot without getting a giant sigh in return?

The key is to think more about playing and having fun and less about posing.

By setting up a more activity-based family photo shoot, you’ll have a better chance of convincing your spouse that it’s a great idea. Plus, at the end of your photo session, you’ll have everyone smiling and saying how fun the morning or afternoon was.

If posed shots are important to you, spend time taking a few with your kids and then give them a turn to play around and have fun with dad. These sincere moments make for some of the best photos and they’re incredibly fun for photographers to capture too.

Ensure that whatever activity you choose it makes everyone feel at ease, even if this means having a playful picnic in the garden. Remember that there’s no formula for the perfect portrait and trying to achieve this perfection usually just stresses everyone out.  It’s best to plan something that everyone in your family will feel comfortable with.

Focus on the fun and your photographer will take care of the rest.

Fantastic Photoshoot Ideas for Children’s Birthdays

Creative photoshoot ideas that you can use to capture your child’s next birthday.

Birthdays are such a special occasion, especially when it’s a child’s birthday. There is fun and laughter in the air and so many special moments to capture.

If you’re looking to change things up a bit this year and make your child’s birthday photos even more memorable, try one of these photoshoot ideas:

Bring in the balloons

Dress your little girl in a special dress or your son in a cute shirt and bowtie and head out to a pretty outdoor location such as a farm, field, park or garden. Organise a bunch of balloons that match their outfit and capture them running around and enjoying life.

Chalk it up

Buy some chalk that can be used on floors, fences or chalkboards for super cute photos. Write your child’s age or draw something fun on a wooden fence or solid floor and get them to pose against it. You could also write their age on a funky chalkboard and get them to pose with that too.

Bake a cake

Every birthday needs a cake so why not get your child to help with their cake and capture the moment? Buy some brightly colored equipment such as mixing bowls, spatulas and spoons to bring in a theme and make your photos pop.

Stick to their favorites

If your child has a favorite game or toy that they love to play with, use it as a photoshoot theme. Do they love dolls, Barbie and all things pink? Create a backdrop that incorporates this theme, dress them up, throw in a banner or balloons and add a few props for some fun photos. These are photos that you can look back on years from now to see how much your child’s interests have changed.

 Blow some bubbles

Bubbles are, pretty, playful and look great in photos. Dress your child up in something special such as a t-shirt with their age printed on it and capture them blowing bubbles in a beautiful outdoor setting.

You can never get enough photos of your child and their birthday is a great excuse to take some extra special shots.

4 Reasons to Book a Photo Shoot with Your Child

As a parent, you can never have enough photos of your children and while you probably have a bunch of fun pictures on your phone and your computer at home, photos that have been professionally captured and edited are extra special.

There’s no time like the present to create new memories with your child and below are just a few of the reasons why you should hire a professional photographer to freeze those special moments for you.

  1. Spend some quality time with your children. Booking a session with your child or children gives you the chance to have a little fun with your kids and spend some quality time with them. We all live such fast paced lives that it’s often difficult to take some time out to spend with our loved ones. Take your kids to the park down the road, buy them an ice cream and have some laughs while your photographer captures the moments.
  2. Create more memories. With every day that passes, your children are growing and changing. Whatever age they are now, you will never get this time back with them again so why not capture it on camera. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of looking back on photos of your family because they take you back to the special times in your life and let you relive them for a few seconds.
  3. The perfect excuse to print your photos. While many of us have great photos sitting on our computers, how often do you actually get around to looking at them? By booking a photo session with a professional photographer you’ll have the perfect opportunity to print your memories so that you can look at them anytime you want. Why not use images from your session to start a photo wall in a prominent place in your home so that you can relive your special moments every time you walk by.
  4. Make them feel special. Every parent wants to give their children everything they’ve ever wanted but gifts can never be compared to spending quality time together. Taking the time to enjoy each other’s company also helps teach your children how important family is, a value they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Make this the year that you capture more memories with your children and display them for all to see.

How to Prepare Your Kids for a Family Session

Whether it’s a quick mini-session or a family portrait for your holiday cards most parents feel a little bit of dread when it comes to getting their kids to pose perfectly during a photo shoot. Kids are curious, energized and often more interested in doing what they want whenever they want. While kids will be kids there are a few tricks you can use to help prepare them for your family portrait session so your shoot goes smoothly.

  • Schedule the Shoot Around Nap and Meal Times

When you schedule your shoot make sure it doesn’t interfere with regular nap times or meals. A child that is tired or hungry will be less cooperative than one who is well rested and fed. Plan your shoot after naps or meals, if you are planning on taking everyone out to eat after the shoot then at least make sure they have had some kind of snack prior to the shoot.

  • Make it A Big Deal for Them

In the weeks leading up to the shoot, you want to start getting them excited about it. Try to make it seem like it is a special activity you planned just for them. Let them dress up and practice posing in the mirror so they have a better idea of what to expect on the day of the shoot. Younger kids can be easier to do this with but by letting them pick out their own special outfit, having their hair done and really making it fun for them.

  • Bring Props or Games

Keeping your kids happy and entertained during the shoot can be a struggle so if your child has a favorite toy or blanket them bring it along with you. There may be times in the shoot that they can take some comfort in having something familiar to hold while their picture is being taken, especially if your child tends to be on the shy side.

  • Have Fun

The most important thing is to have fun. Drop your expectation of having the “perfect” family portrait taken and instead allow your true selves to shine through. No photo shoot goes according to plan but if you remind yourself to just have fun you will be happier with the results than you could have imagined.

How to Be More Natural In Front of the Camera

 

“Just act natural.” It’s easier said than done when you are in front of a camera and trying to look your best while feeling a little awkward and maybe even a little insecure. Even the top models need some help to look and act more natural in front of the camera. There’s no need to be nervous going into your shoot, with a little bit of practice in front of a mirror and these tips you’ll be feeling confident and relaxed from the very first click!

  • Have Something to Hold

Hands can be the most difficult things to figure out what to do with. For some reason, it always feels awkward just having them at your side so bring something to hold onto. Flowers, a book, musical instrument anything that is significant to you can be the perfect addition to your shoot.

  • Natural Smile

You don’t want to get caught with the deer in headlights look and faking a smile is often not very flattering. One of the best ways to show your natural smile is to press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. The corners of your mouth will naturally draw up and it won’t look forced at all.

  • Wear Something Comfortable

If you aren’t comfortable in what you’re wearing this will show through in your images no matter how much you try to fake it. You want to wear something you feel comfortable in not only so you can move around easily but so that you will be more confident in front of the camera as well.

  • Posing

While your photographer will help direct you in how you should sit or stand it’s a good idea to know a few simple tricks when it comes to posing. First, just about everyone has an asymmetrical face and most often one of the eyes is slightly larger than the other. You want to turn the side of your face with the slightly larger eye towards the camera. This will help balance out the face. Second, stick your neck out slightly. This helps elongate the neck and will eliminate the dreaded “double chin” that many people have. Third, ladies, cross your feet at the ankles. This elongates the body and adds a little depth to your images.

  • Think Happy Thoughts

Before you go into your shoot you want to have an image, joke or happy story in the back of your mind. During the shoot, you’ll want to recall on these thoughts to help bring out a genuine smile. If you start to get nervous just think your happy thought and you will instantly begin to relax and feel more comfortable.

Best Times To Book Your Outdoor Photo Session

There are a lot of things to consider when booking your outdoor photo shoot. Whether it is for an engagement session or portrait session you want to ensure your images come out looking stunning. Many people book their shoot thinking that the afternoon would be the best time to shoot since there is plenty of sunlight, but this is actually one of the worst times to do an outdoor shoot.

The afternoon light from the sun is often harsh and strong which causes unflattering shadows. While diffusers and shade can help reduce these shadows it still isn’t ideal. So when should you schedule your outdoor shoot?

The Golden Hour.

Any professional photographer will agree that the best time to shoot outdoors is during what is know as the golden hour. This is typically the hour just after the sun has risen or the hour just before the sun sets. It is during this time that the lighting is ideal because the sun is typically at its lowest point in the sky. As a result, the light is soft and diffused which creates less contrast and shadows.

Additionally, during these hours there are fewer people out and about. This gives you the extra bonus of not having to worry about anyone walking in the background or distracting you during the shoot. The glow of the sun at this time will also help add dimension to the background and allow for more detail to come through the images.

How to determine the golden hour?

Since the sun rises and sets at different times every day you want to make sure you plan accordingly. From about March to July the sun will begin to rise earlier and set later and from August to December the sun will rise later and set earlier. Keep in mind that your location will impact the length of time you will have this ideal light to shoot with. As you move closer to the equator the “golden hour” will typically not be as long because the sun moves up in altitude more quickly so the light becomes harsher much faster.

While it may not seem ideal to have to wake early to get in your photo shoot the images you will come away with are well worth this small sacrifice. Most parents also agree that booking their family shoots earlier in the morning was met with less resistance from their children. Keep this in mind when you decide to book your next outdoor shoot.

6 Things That Make a Photo Beautiful

Have you ever wondered what makes a photo stand out and stir certain emotions in you when you look at it? Of course, photos of your family and places you love will naturally give you the warm and fuzzies or leave you in awe but there are also very specific elements in great photos that help bring them to life and make you take a second look.

  1. When a photograph has beautiful lighting it gives the image a certain mood and highlights the important aspects of a photo. Light is an incredible tool so using natural light from an open window or door or even a soft artificial light can make all the difference.
  2. While focusing on a specific person in a photo is how we naturally take photos, that person is only a part of the greater whole. Your background and any other objects in a photo all make up the structure and scene that draw you into that moment.
  3. A good quality photo will usually allow you to pick up on certain textures such as a pair of woolly socks or the texture in a heavy wooden door.
  4. Sometimes the most beautiful photos are taken from a different perspective such as getting down to a toddler’s level at a birthday party or taking a shot of a tall building by looking all the way up from a street corner.
  5. Play with colors when you take photos, match them up or emphasize specific colors to draw the eye to a certain detail in a picture.
  6. The moment. Capturing a moment that will never happen again makes for incredible photos.

Photography isn’t only for the professionals. Everyone has the ability to take a great photo by focusing on a few simple elements, getting creative and being ready to capture something beautiful or everywhere you go.

Simple but Effective Tips for Taking Photos Indoors

Whether it’s because the weather took a turn for the worst or you simply found the perfect indoor setting for your next photo session, there are a few things you need to be aware of when taking photos indoors.

  1. Work with windows. Natural light does wonders for photos. If you can find a window or open door and use that light as front, side or back lighting it will give your photos a really nice look and feel. It also brings natural warmth to your images.
  2. Pay attention to your surroundings. While shooting photos inside a home gives you loads of great backdrops and props to work with, you miht need to move a few things around before your session. Make sure that your space isn’t cluttered as this can shift the focus in the photo.
  3. Check the light sources. It’s very important to only stick to one light source. If you’re shooting photos in a room with strong overhead lights but there are also several windows, rather opt for the natural light and switch off any other light sources.
  4. Discover your space. If you’re shooting in an indoor setting, take a proper walk around the area and see if there aren’t areas that you can shoot in that you never thought of before. This is your chance to get creative.
  5. What you wear still matters. You will often come across advice on what to wear when taking photos outside but what you wear to an indoor photo session matters just as much. Your clothing should complement your backdrop and the overall mood that you’re trying to create.

Taking photos indoors might be a little more work sometimes but it’s totally worth it.

 

Benefits of Meeting with Your Photographer Post-Shoot

While having them delivered to you on a flash drive or via dropbox seems like the easiest way to get your hands on images from your latest session, this isn’t always the best way.  If you truly want to make the most of your images, meeting with your photographer after your session is highly recommended.

Your photographer puts a lot of time and effort into your session as well as the editing of your photos.  A true professional won’t just abandon you as a client once the shoot is done. If you’re wondering why it’s important to meet with your photographer after your session, this is what you need to know.

  1. A post-shoot meeting completes your photography experience. Having your photos taken is a personal experience, so why shouldn’t the entire process be personal too? Photographers prefer to take you through your photos so that they can assist you from start to finish and share in your joy.
  2. Your photographer will assist you with the photo selection process. For some people, receiving a disc or flash drive filled with photos can be quite overwhelming, especially when it comes to selecting the best photos to print. Meeting with your photographer after your session allows them to give you their professional opinion on the best photos to print and what your printing options are.
  3. Your photographer will be the perfect guide on where to place your photos. If you choose to meet with your photographer post-session, you may want to opt to meet them at your home. This way they can walk through your home with you and guide you on the best places to display your portraits.

 

Location Inspiration for Your Child’s Upcoming Photo Session

There are several factors that play an important role when planning a kid’s photo session and the location of your shoot is one of them. Below are a few ideas to help you choose an ideal location for your child’s upcoming photo shoot.

  1. Choose a location that’s special to you. Perhaps you want photos of your children in that place where your husband first proposed to you or even where you got married. Jot down a few locations and that mean something to you and your family.
  2. Decide on the purpose of the photo session. Are you looking to mark a milestone? Or perhaps you’re just looking to get a few updated photos of your children. For example, choosing a beautiful indoor setting with lovely lighting would be ideal for a holiday card but a pretty garden setting would be great for a 1st birthday party.
  3. Think lighting. While you might not always be able to have the photo session outside, try and choose a location that offers good natural lighting if possible. Or at least lighting that isn’t too harsh as this will really make a difference to your images.
  4. Give yourself options. It’s always nice to be able to work with a variety of backgrounds when shooting photos of your children, especially if you are planning multiple outfit changes.
  5. Keep safety in mind. While taking a photo in a unique location would make for great photos, rather think about the surroundings and whether there is anything that might endanger your child before you arrange your shoot there. Railway tracks are an example of this type of location.
  6. Look closer to home first. Before you scout for locations in your area, you might actually find that you have the perfect photo spot right in your own back yard.

If you’re still a bit unsure about the best location to choose for your upcoming shoot, chat with your photographer as he/she will know about the best locations in and around your area.  Coming into the studio can offer a variety of options that are affordable and may just provide the balance of safety and fun you are after!

 

 

How to Enjoy Your Photoshoot When You’re Camera Shy

Just because you cringe at the thought of having your photos taken doesn’t mean you need to accept the fact that you’ll never have any good photos of yourself. There is a way to overcome your camera shyness and feel comfortable enough in front of your photographer to get the photos you want, whether it’s of you and your loved ones or just you on your own.

Below are three tips that you can use to conquer your upcoming photo session.

  1. Be as comfortable as possible. Take the time to pick out an outfit that not only suites the purpose of the photo session but one that you feel completely comfortable in too. Wear a color that you love and get your hair and makeup done to give you that extra boost of confidence.
  2. Practice really does help. Stand in front of a mirror and strike a few poses, get comfortable with your body and your smile. Once you’re feeling better about how you look, use your smartphone or camera to snap a few shots of yourself to see which angles and poses work best. Your photographer will be able to help you with this on the day too but it never hurts to be prepared anyway.
  3. Why are you doing this? Sometimes focusing on the camera and the person taking the photos is enough to put anyone off, instead rather focus on why you’re doing this shoot in the first place. Are you updating your family albums or perhaps you’re taking a few great shots for a holiday card, keep your mind on the result of the shoot instead.

Remember that your photographer does this for a living because they love working with people. They want to help you achieve the best quality images so have fun with it and trust that your photographer has your best interests at heart.

6 Photos Every Parent Needs of Their Child

Having a child is one of the best experiences life can give you. They grow up so quickly, which is why it’s so important to cherish every little moment and milestone.

For parents, photography is a saving grace since it’s the one thing that helps them capture and preserve some of their favorite moments in the lives of their children. Below is a list of photos that you definitely don’t want to miss out on as a parent.

  1. The new born shoot. You will never get this time back again so capture every little bit of it. Capture your baby as they dose or grab a shot of those tiny little feet. You can even snap a photo of them in that cute little onesie that grandma bought him.
  2. The family shoot. Capture the time when your little one loves to play, is walking around and loves to cuddle with mom and dad.
  3. The birthday parties. Every birthday is a milestone but their first birthday party is definitely one of the most special, don’t miss out on that photo opportunity.
  4. The first day of school. There are so many cute photo ideas for this specific time in their lives and there will be several first day of school opportunities for you to take advantage of.
  5. The sibling shoot. If you’re adding a new member to the family, getting some shots with all your children together is a must.
  6. The holiday shoot. Whether it’s for your yearly holiday card or you simply love celebrating holidays surrounded by your loved ones, holiday shots are up there with the have-to-haves.

If you can’t resist any of the above options but you don’t feel the need to have a full photo session for each of them, you can always opt for mini sessions, which are affordable and give you a handful of amazing images to treasure.  Or you can always take advantage of taking your own photos in the studio and buying studio time in blocks to save money!  With Everyday People Studios – our goal is to make studio photography affordable to everyone!

What to Expect During Your Baby’s Cake Smash Session

Organizing a cake smash photography session to mark your child’s birthday is such an adorable way to capture this special moment in their lives.

If you don’t know the first thing about what to expect during a cake smash session or how you should prepare, below are a few helpful tips.

  • Choose a photographer that has worked with children before. A photographer that has experience with children will know how to get the best shots and how to make your little one feel at ease.
  • A little practice never hurts. For some children, a cake smash session can be quite overwhelming since they are suddenly placed in the spotlight and are being egged on by a bunch of adults to dive into a massive cake. Get them used to this process by giving them a small cake or cupcake at home to practice on.
  • Use a theme. If your child has a favorite toy or book, planning the cake smash session around this can really bring your session to life. Having a theme will also make it easier to choose a cake color.
  • Choose your cake carefully. When you order your cake, opt for a small to medium sized cake and choose whipped or butter cream instead of fondant as this can be quite difficult for a small child to break. It’s also recommended that you make sure your child doesn’t have any allergies.  If you order the Cake Smash Package at the studio – we will order the cake for you and have it there the day of your session.  We get all of our cakes from Cold Spring Bakery!

So what should you bring along to a cake smash photography session?

  1. Have some wet wipes and a clean change of clothing available for afterwards.  If you order the Cake Smash Package at the studio – we provide all of the clean up and so don’t worry about the wipes – we have you covered!  Just contact us to set it up!
  2. Find out from your photographer about a backdrop and how much of the theme décor you’ll need to supply.  At the studio, we have over 200 backdrops to choose from – check out our Pinterest board and get inspired and pick out a few for your photoshoot!
  3. If you’re bringing other children along, it would be best to bring someone along who can watch them so that there aren’t any distractions.

Remember that a cake smash session is meant to be a fun experience so trust your photographer and just go with it.