Portrait Day can be an big experience for young children. Below are a few key tips to help them have the best experience and provide you with the best expressions in their portrait.
It is important to maintain subdued expectations for your children. Please do not build up the event too much as we want to keep the energy level at the sitting as calm as possible. The children are more cooperative and won’t mistake the event as “play time.”
If at all possible, please carry young children and keep them in your arms until it is time to begin creating. Many times, once they have been set down and feel free to move about, it is difficult to pick them back up again.
We will get a range of expressions that you will absolutely love. Please do not “remind” your child to smile or provide advance coaching.
Children can sometimes change moods very quickly, and many times a parent’s public admonishment or coaching can cause a rapid swing in the wrong direction. Please allow us to work with your children. We’ll ask for your help if we need it.
Favorite stuffed animals, books or toys can be helpful if a child is less than cooperative; please bring their favorite. It’s best to bring these items in a separate bag or backpack and hand them to us as you arrive. Doing so will allow us access to them if necessary during the sitting and they will be out of sight until needed.
If there is anything else that we should know about your child (special needs, favorite characters, upcoming events, temperament, etc.) that would be helpful to us and better ensure a more successful sitting, please let us know so we can prepare in advance!!
We appreciate your help. Please ask if you have questions or concerns!