Wednesday, October 9, 2013

How to Have a Successful Photo Shoot With Your Child

The following is a guest post from Justine Stinson, owner of Juss Dillee Dallee Photographee.

As a photographer, my job is to have a wonderfully successful photo shoot and, of course, that is my clients' goal as well. So what should you keep in mind when it comes to getting your child's pictures done? Whether you have a newborn, toddler, or an older child, these tips go for all!

1. Choose Comfortable Clothing for Your Child

When picking out the wardrobe for your child's photos, remember that aside from picking something you love, comfort is also the key. If your child is uncomfortable, they could very well show their discomfort during their session with whines, moans, and groans. Try on the picture-day clothes for a test run.

In the studio, my newborn and toddler outfits are adorable but also comfortable and soft. A comfy baby is a happy baby.

2. Include Family Members 

As a mom to a 3-month-old baby girl, I know how easy it is to get stuck in mommy mode. You may want tons of pictures of you and your baby; however, you may want another to have family member photographed with your child (father, partner, grandparent, etc).

I loved the session I did with my daughter and her father. It was unbelievably precious. Don't miss out on those memories!

3. Communicate with Your Photographer

If you have a good idea of what you want in your session, discuss this with your photographer so that he or she can prepare.

If you don't know what you would like, talk to your photographer to see if she or he can give you some ideas. They may have fun props and outfits, or they can talk to you about some things that are important to you that they can incorporate in a shoot.

For example, let's say that when you were pregnant, you craved Nutella more than anything.Your photographer could put a bottle of Nutella, along with other cravings, near the baby for you to remember that one detail during that magical time of pregnancy.

I had a mother recently who had no idea what to do in her session to represent her and her husband. I told her to bring anything from her wedding day she had kept that was close to her, or just bring along both of their wedding rings. We will be putting them on the baby's toes for a fun photo.

Creativity can take your normal "say cheese" picture to a new level.

Keep these tips in mind when starting to look into a session for your children and family pictures. We both want the same thing: success. After all, we JUSS can't DILLEE DALLEE when it comes to capturing perfect moments.

Photographically yours,

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  1. Love the article, thanks Juss. Can't wait for our aa Christmas shoot!

  2. Hey everyone! Thanks to all who have read this! Also a HUGE thank you to CHS Buffalo! I truly appreciate the opportunity for this article.

    I also just want to update the email. That email does work however the real email to the studio is


    Photographically yours,


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