How to get ready for your Christmas mini photoshoot?
Looking forward to seeing you all for this year's Christmas mini photoshoots. This post will give you a few tips on how to get ready and I have a few request on making the photoshoot as smooth and relaxed as possible. Also I will give you some styling tips further below.
PLEASE READ THIS BIT CAREFULLY:
This year I'm trying to be super time efficient and bulk as many of my procedures as possible so,
- As the photoshoot days are fast paced, please have the remaining balance of 65€ in an envelope with your photoshoot date, your name and email address written on top.
- I will have your photos ready in about 8 days time from the photoshoot. The sooner you pick the images you want, you'll then have them to use as well. When I send your final digital downloads, I'll also send a few website where to order cards or prints from.
- The final edits will be the final edit. This meaning: I have selected the very best and most flattering images of you and possibly worked all my Photoshop magic work behind the scenes ;)
- As I only have 30min allocated per family it is crucial you'll be on time. I know traffic happens and leaving the house with the kids can be a whirlwind, but if you arrive late, your session will be shorter.
- Please also read the post Where to find the studio? and if it's not quite clear enough / you're not 100% where the studio is, please phone me on the week leading up to the photoshoot to inquire on more specific instructions. I mightn't be able to answer your phone call on the day of the photoshoot to guide you to the studio.
- Make sure all little faces are cleaned before of dry bits and food stains. Also possibly worth having a look that the teeth are clean/no food stuck between teeth as we'll be (hopefully) smiling lots.
- That said; I will try my very best to make your little ones relaxed and smile. Please leave the 'entertaining' bit for me, as then the kiddies will look at the camera and not off the camera. If there is some specific thing you know works for your kids, do let me know :) Sometimes the Christmas photoshoot is more overwhelming to your child and they will not smile, but that's ok too.
- Please don't hype up the photoshoot too much beforehand to your kids as then they'll only arrive at the scene stressed out and mightn't co-operate at all. I find telling gently what's happening and where you're going works the best.
- If you feel like bribing is the only way to go to have your little ones co-operate, something like raisins can be brought, but no wet food, drinks or chocolate. I normally have candy canes in the studio that are individually wrapped and they work wonders on distracting little ones and also look cute in the photos. These will be of course only given to children individually for hygiene reasons.
- No photographing or or filming is allowed by customers during Christmas mini photoshoots.
- Please let me know if you prefer me not to use your images on my business social media. I obviously love showing of my work, but you have the full consent if I can or I can't. Normally I post a few images on my Instagram and Facebook pages leading up to Christmas.
- This year's set up is lighter with the primary colour scheme of white, red and silver. All colours will work beautifully with it. I personally adore the set up with cosy natural knits and lighter tones.
-The clothes can be just plain color and not themed. Jumpers and knitted rompers look adorable and also tulle and sequins. Big logos and sports wear are not really a good look also I would have the whole family sticking to similar enough colours. If one is wearing a black top and the rest lighter shades, it doesn't work too well.
- Plaid/tartan looks amazing. It really is so wonderfully Christmassy.
- Christmas jumpers are fun and can be brought in just to throw on for one photo or for all your photos.
- Christmas pyjamas are also cute and as the set up resembles a night before Christmas scene, they work very well. If you plan to change into Christmas pyjamas only for a few of the photos, please note the photoshoot time is only 30 minutes so all outfit changes have to be done within that time frame.
- Pay attention to shoes. Have neat shoes or socks/wool socks on everyone. Such little thing can really make a huge difference.
- I would advice no ponytails on girls; rather plats, pigtails or loose with a bow or Alice band. Ponytails just never photographing too well, except for half up-half down ponytails.
- As for moms - if you're stepping in to the frames too - I would advice only a light gradual tan that a full fake tan. It can look a little off if the rest of the family is lighter coloured and patchy tan is very difficult to retouch. The scene in this year's photos is warm in any case.
- Parents make sure not to wear too tight clothes as the family photos are often done with you sitting on the floor.
- I would check out Next, M&S, Lynes of Killarney, Boden, Zara, Dunnes and Zara for the outfits. Gap.eu has beautiful bits for toddlers too.
I love Christmas photoshoots.
I really do! The days I do them are so fun and I can not wait to see you all.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if there's any questions between now and then!
Love, Sara xx