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Embracing Gap-Toothed Smiles and Braces Children’s Portrait Photography

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Picture this: you have been aching to set up a professional portrait photography session, but one or more of your children just lost a baby tooth and is now sporting a gap-tooth smile. Should you wait for the adult tooth to grow in, or do you capture the cute but gapped smile? Personally, I love taking pictures of children with missing baby teeth. Doing so allows me to photograph the precious moments of childhood that will be over before you know it! I feel the same way about braces, believing that they should be included in photos because they are an integral part of your child’s life at that moment. If you are still on the fence about moving forward with your session planning, see if I can convince you:

Capturing a Sweet Smile with Missing or Gapped Teeth

Children typically loose all of their baby teeth during their primary school years, gradually replacing them with permanent teeth between the ages of about six and twelve. Because of this, you should expect at least one of their yearly school pictures to feature a partially toothless grin! This is an adorable part of childhood that reflects their sweetness and innocence. Unfortunately, this time in their life will also pass quickly. Your child’s cute, goofy, or mischievous grin deserves to be captured on film so you can look back on it in the future.

The alternative is waiting to have professional portrait photography pictures until your child’s adult tooth grows in. However, the chances are that another baby tooth may have fallen out by the time a new adult tooth appears! Plus, if your child has siblings, visits from the tooth fairy will be a regular occurrence. Instead, embrace their uneven or silly-looking grins and cherish this time in their lives.

Feeling Comfortable with Braces in Pictures

Having braces can be a touchy subject, even though they are more common than ever before. Some kids feel self-conscious, and you might think that most parents would hesitate to book a portrait photography session during this time. In reality, lots of mums have told me over the years that they do want pictures of the braces! Many mums recognize that wearing braces is an important part of a child’s life and that the resulting images will become adorable keepsakes.

When it comes to high schoolers or adults who wear braces, the best thing to do during a shoot is to relax. Smiling naturally will look much better than trying to hide the braces. Doing that often results in a tight and awkward smile, not to mention the posture that comes from feeling uncomfortable about one’s appearance. Plus, you can always get updated images once the braces are off. In the meantime, however, there is no reason not to document and cherish this time and experience.

Finally, do not worry about any possible reflections or glares from the braces themselves. I am well versed in setting up shots so that there are no unwanted glares off of braces, glasses, or jewellery. The right lighting will keep every image looking great.

Celebrate Milestones and Make Fun Memories

Whether someone in your family has braces or is missing teeth, the image will be uniquely you, at that moment. You can look back on them and remember that time in your life, along with the fun experience of the session. You can also have extra, high-quality portraits printed to send to far-away family members who may miss out on these little milestones. I offer plenty of on-location advice and guidance to help everyone feel at ease. The portrait photography session will not be overly formal or complicated, and you will not have to perform or pretend to be having fun. In fact, I welcome and encourage kids and families to giggle, play, and have fun together during a sitting.

The more comfortable your family is, the easier it will be for me to capture your unique personalities, relationships, and bonds.

In addition, booking a session will help show your child that there is no reason to be ashamed of having braces or sporting a goofy grin. After all, no one else is really concerned about these things! If you waited until everyone family members teeth were perfect, you will miss their entire childhood. We can always take some non smiling relaxed images as well. Embrace all of the traits and features that make you “you,” and encourage your children to do the same. When you are ready, talk to me about booking a session. I cannot wait until you see the resulting portraits!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Guidelines for Choosing Newborn Photography Props

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Infant portraits sessions typically occur in the first few months of birth, when the baby will sweetly sleep no matter his or her surroundings, outfit, or pose. Although there are many different toys, blankets, and other objects that you could include in the shoot, it is better to start simply. After all, you want all of the focus to be on your infant and not anything else. Here are some great tips for choosing newborn photography props.

Clothing: Think Muted Tones

Although I love photographing older babies and toddlers outdoors, we can schedule infant photo sessions indoors if you prefer. Doing so allows us to create a cosy, quiet, and temperature-controlled environment to take photos, especially if you want some unclothed shots of your baby curled up. However lovely old tree roots look gorgeous with new babies so I’m happy to meet you outdoors as well.

Choose clothing for your baby that will be comfortable, and try not to plan a huge amount of outfit changes. If possible, keep baby wipes on hand and remember that clothes are washable in case of an accident!

When picking an outfit, strive for muted tones rather than very loud and bright colours. Although reds, yellows, oranges, and bright blues are fun and joyful, they can also be distracting in a photograph. The same goes for busy patterns, which may not photograph well.

Blankets: The Base of Your Background

Follow the same guidelines for clothing, but also try to avoid choosing blankets with commercial characters or printed text. The exception is a monogrammed or personalised blanket, which we can put on display for a few shots. Since the blanket is part of your background, think about how your baby’s clothes and skin tone will appear against it. You may want to have a few pillows handy, or even a basket.

Toys and Mementos: Be Selective to Avoid Busy Shots

I love creating simple scenes, which is why we will not need lots of toys or other items around. Still, there are many different ways to include other objects in a photo shoot. For example, we could pose your little one snuggling up to an oversized teddy bear, or have him or her hold a smaller stuffed animal or toy. This is also a great time to include a gift from the grandparents or another family member.

newborn photographyInvolving Others: How to Make Sure You Are Prepared for a Session

Although solo shots of the baby are a necessity, you are welcome to join in the shoot as well. There are many ways that you, your partner, or your other children can be involved. Ideas include:

  • Cradling the baby
  • Parent/s and baby
  • Resting the baby on your stomach or arms
  • Holding hands
  • Letting the family pet lay down nearby
  • Photographing your children holding their new sibling
  • Photographing your children as they peer down at the baby in your arms

In addition to these basic shots, there are countless angles and close-ups I can explore to highlight your family’s bond and connection.

Again, focus on words like simple, natural, and understated. If you want some close-up shots, then consider getting a manicure but skipping the polish or wearing a neutral tone. Simple jewellery can be a nice touch, but remember that all eyes should be on the baby.

How Many Newborn Photography Props Do You Need?

Although most babies do well during a photo shoot, there is no need to drag it on all morning or afternoon. You may be surprised by the vast variety of images I can capture in under an hour. Choose a few items that you might want to include so that we have options, but let me know which ones are prioritised. For example, we could photograph the baby in a parent’s military or work uniform, or wearing part of a seasonal costume. Or, if Grandma knitted a special outfit and you want to send her pictures, photographing that could be a priority.

Contact me today about booking a professional newborn photo session, as these are the most precious moments that you will absolutely want to remember forever.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Child Portraits: Getting the Best Photographs of Your Children at Any Age

hug-my-sisterI’ve been in the photography business for several years now, and one thing that I love doing is taking child portraits for families. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to photograph children who are all grown up and have children of their own, and let me tell you, that is an amazing experience! They always talk about the portraits they have from when they were certain ages, and now want to get similar ones to compare to their children and create amazing memories. This is such a lovely idea, and I think it is perfect for all families to get child portraits. Let’s look a few other reasons why this is such a great idea!

Catching Those Beautiful Milestones

One of the best things about child portraits is that I am able to capture milestones, helping you remember them all in gorgeous, vivid detail. These milestones range from when your children first sit up on their own to their first teeth and when they lose those teeth. Every year has a milestone, and it is perfect to capture those, even well into the teen years and early twenties. It is never too late to get family photographs taken, and you and your children will love the photos as time progresses. 

Child Portraits Allow for Gorgeous Candid Shots

Getting child portraits at young ages gives you the opportunity to have stunning candid shots. Many people think that when their children are young that photographs will be too stressful, however if you simply relax and have fun, it will be a fun experience. I had one family where the young girl was at the age where she could run away and enjoyed escaping her parents. Her father would chase her, pick her up, and tickle her before putting her back under the tree. Those created some delightful, gorgeous photographs. I was able to capture her cheeky little grin with her little teeth showing. 

Photographs are Great Mementos for You and Your Children

I had one client that I photographed as a baby through his kid years, and he now has children of his own. Getting child portraits gave him the ability to see how similar his children looked at the same age, creating gorgeous mementos for all. I was able to capture stunning images of his children that were similar to his child portraits, as well as create new, wonderful images. He appreciates the photographs he has, and his children will love having all of theirs and his together. Getting photographs of your children throughout the years is a perfect way to create long lasting memories that your children, grandchildren, and so on will cherish forever.

If you are wondering whether or not child portraits are for your kids, I believe they are! Contact me today, and we can chat about photographs, and I can help you decide on great location spots and ideas for the portraits. I can also give you excellent suggestions on preparing your children for photographs, making sure the process is fun and relaxing for all of you. Contact me, today!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Brisbane Settings for Photographing Children

Sept74The one truth that remains the same is that children would much rather participate in photographs when they are able to run around and be themselves. If they are in a studio, they feel confined and are oftentimes told not to touch anything. This stops them from enjoying the session, stifling them, keeping those gorgeous, natural looking photos from being taken. This is why shooting a session outside is a perfect idea for children. I am going to look at a few Brisbane settings that will work amazingly for photographing your children.

1. Big Trees And Caves For Exploration

Big trees and caves offer an excellent opportunity to allow children to pretend they are looking for fairies or dinosaurs. I love helping little girls look for fairyland and capturing their gorgeous smiles as they start searching. I remember telling one little boy that I thought there were dinosaurs in a small cave, he was quite excited, and I captured some stunning images. When you engage their imagination, you will get some of the most magnificent portraits. 

2. Climbing Trees

Climbing gorgeous fig trees or other trees is a perfect portrait opportunity. It is one that is unique, and it will also be wonderful for children. This gives them the ability to play and just be themselves without the stuffiness of a studio or posed shots. I am able to capture their cheeky grins and their beautiful personalities as they are climbing and playing. This helps distract your children from the fact that they are being photographed, which will help them not feel awkward as the portraits are snapped. By doing something like this, I am able to capture them in the best and most natural setting, creating excellent images that you will cherish forever. 

3. Natural Hiding Spots

When photographing small children who feel awkward standing in front of the camera or staring at the lens, finding settings around Brisbane with natural “hiding” spots will be a perfect portrait opportunity. This allows the kids to feel like they are hiding from me, which allows me to capture some adorable portraits of them peeking around the corners of old walls. This can work with old buildings and walls, trees, flowers – the possibility is endless. Whichever place we choose will be perfect to capture gorgeous smiles and adorable eyes staring out at me. 

4. Fields, Old Sheds, and Vehicles Are Perfect

I did one session with a family in a field and around some old sheds; it was gorgeous. I was able to capture the children running around the field, playing and having a wonderful time. The old sheds also offered incredible photographs that were simply stunning. Old vehicles are another great setting for children. I had one young boy who loved fire trucks and other vehicles. I was able to find a location with stunning old cars and trucks, taking his portrait there. The images turned out incredible, and he had a wonderful time. These are great ideas as they can let the child have a fun time, imagine different things, and just being relaxed overall. 

Find The Perfect Brisbane Setting For Your Children

Finding the perfect Brisbane settings for your children is great to capture some stunning images. Contact me, and we will chat about the various locations that I think will be perfect. If you have any questions or have your own ideas, I am willing to answer and listen! Contact me today to set up a superb portrait session for your children.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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