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How To Get The Best Portraits Of Your Children

kids-photoAs we all know, getting family portraits is important for all families, and portraits can be wonderful fun. You might be wondering how to prepare your child to get the best portraits. Should you dress them a certain way or go to a certain location? This blog is going to explore how to get the best portraits of your children, giving your family some incredible portraits for your walls and portrait books. 

Every Family Is Different

The most important thing for families to remember is that every child is different in his or her own way, much like each family is different. Your children and family may be like one family I photographed; they loved getting up at the crack of dawn and wanted a session on the beach just as the sun was coming up. This was the first time I have done something such as this and I have yet to do anything similar since, but the family really enjoyed it. The portraits turned out stunningly and really captured the family’s personality. Now, if your child is more of the quiet, studious type, make sure the session is quiet and not over the top. A large, noisy portrait session could lead to your child becoming stressed, making it difficult to capture his or her true personality. Always make sure the session will match your child’s likes and dislikes in order to get the best portraits. 

Best Portraits Of Your Children: Time Of Day and Locations

The time of day is important with children because some may need to take a nap in the afternoon or some, like many teenagers, may not be awake until the afternoon hours. You know the best time of day for your children, and I work with all schedules to make sure I can get the best portraits of your children. Another aspect of getting incredible portraits is finding locations that work great for everyone. One of the best ways I have found to take photographs of teenagers who do not want their portraits taken is to have them wear their favourite clothing, even if it is jeans and a t-shirt. I will then put them in front of scruffy looking wall and snap various portraits. This worked very well for one client; the teenage son did not want his portrait taken, but as soon as he saw one of the portraits he wanted to hang it in his bedroom. 

Give Your Children Food Before Portraits

Whether your children are in their teen years or if they are very young, feeding them before a portrait session will help it go smoothly. I always recommend parents to have a meal before the session and then provide the children with a snack right before the portraits. This is the best way to ensure that I can capture their cheeky personalities and get some incredible portraits your family will love for years to come. 

Getting the best portraits of your children is easy to do if you stick with their personality and make the process fun. I am willing to help you figure out different locations and settings that will work great for your particular child if you are uncertain about where to go. Contact me today to set up a family portrait session!

Talk soon,

Margherita :)

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The Best Ages for Portraits of Your Children

hugging-little-brotherDiscovering the best ages to get portraits of your children seems difficult with people giving you their various opinions. I find that each year of a child’s life is simply precious and beautiful to capture, no matter how difficult it may seem. I am going to explore the various ages in this post and explain how each age is perfect in its own special way. 

Newborn Through Toddler Are Beautiful Years

This is a gorgeous time to capture. Newborns always look incredibly different from any other photos taken as they begin to grow. Capturing this is important for your portraits books and for your children to look at when they are grown with children of their own. As they grow into toddlerhood, they start getting their own distinct personality with cheeky grins and gorgeous shots ready for me to capture. Some are able to walk and run on their own while others will use things like a tree root to pull themselves up to stand. This is gorgeous to capture because they look so proud and happy. 

Ages 3 to 4 Are Difficult To Get Portraits of Your Children

These ages can be difficult, but you can still have fun with your children and get wonderful portraits. Many children who are 3 or 4 years old tend to be easily upset because they are starting to become more independent, yet still need help. The best way to get wonderful photos is to interact with your children and make them laugh, enjoying the experience. It is possible, I promise! These portraits of your children will be ones that you cherish for a long time. 

Ages 5 and 6 Are Simply Perfect

These ages are great for capturing gorgeous smiles with teeth missing and children just having a wonderful time. This is the time right before and just as they start school, giving them much excitement and joy because they are growing up. This is also a great time for family portraits because at these ages most children are willing to pose for the camera and tend to be very cheeky throughout the process. 

School Ages Are Stunning

What a wonderful age to capture! School ages are vast and children change so much throughout these years. One of my clients used to get photos every year of her son to capture these changes, which provided her with a stunning collection. Throughout these ages, your children are getting taller and growing up so much and this is something you will want to capture and remember. When they are older, they will be thankful for all of these wonderful portraits. 

Teenage and University Years Are Just As Important

I am sure you hear that teenagers are the most difficult to photograph or that university ages are too old for portraits, but I disagree. I think these years are just as special as the previous ones and there are many things you can capture. You can have your teenagers pose with their pets or a prized possession and many students on their way to uni will gladly take a few portraits before leaving. 

Always Get Portraits of Your Children

Never shy away from getting portraits of your children taken. You will want to remember these years and have photographs for your children to show their children. Once they have grown up, this is a perfect opportunity for a family reunion shoot to capture everyone at their current life stage with all of their children. Contact me today to set up portrait sessions of your children.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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