children's photography sessions
tiny tots (under threes)
While your little one is still finding his/her 'walking legs', these sessions are fun, casual and often slightly chaotic! Children of this age group are unable to take direction for poses, so it can be quite tiring for mum or dad to keep guiding them back to the appropriate area and attracting their attention towards the camera. I always keep a stock of bubbles to hand for this purpose and I also encourage you to bring along a favourite toy or special prop. Please remember that they call it the 'terrible twos' for a reason, so if we happen to find ourselves at the mercy of a temper tantrum during your session, don't worry! It’s certainly not unheard of with this age group and you won't be the first. We can always take a little break and carry on again when things calm down.
Despite the challenges, the efforts with this age group really are well worth it. My approach is to let the children relax, enjoy and be themselves without pressurising or forcing them to do anything. All the while, I'm there ready with the camera to catch that split-second when they look or pose 'just so' for the perfect photograph.
These sessions usually last around an hour and I’m happy to accommodate as many clothing changes as you’d like, although I usually recommend keeping it to no more than 2 different outfits.
Tip: Through April to September, consider taking a look at my outdoor sessions. These are less restrictive for this age group, giving them more freedom to move around rather than having to stay positioned in front of a studio backdrop. FIND OUT MORE.
little ones (aged 4-5)
Once your child is out of the toddler stage, they should be a little more able to take instructions and direction for their photographs. They will likely still need quite a bit of coaxing and encouragement from mum or dad, but with more developed language skills they’ll have a better understanding of what we want from them.I still recommend bringing along a toy or prop just to engage their attention and encourage some smiles and giggles, but these sessions generally require a lot less physical energy from parents.
Sessions for this age group last around an hour and I’m happy to accommodate as many clothing changes as you’d like. However, I recommend limiting it to no more than 2 or 3 different outfits.
aged 6 and over
After the age of around 6, children’s sessions become a lot easier to manage. At this stage, your child should be able to take full direction for their photographs including how to sit/stand, where to look etc. From juniors through to teens, these sessions can usually be completed in around half an hour and this is reflected in the lower pricing for this age group.
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