So often, we expect our kids to be mini-adults at the flick of a button. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a huge believer in holding kids to high standards and expecting them to be respectful and kind! But there are times and days when the filter we wish they had over their mouth… simply disappears. And that gorgeous dress we just put them in? Gets covered in dirt the moment they step out the door. The truth is, there are some things our favorite little people just aren’t capable of doing. Like sitting still for a 30 minute session in their perfectly arranged dress. (Let’s be honest… adults can’t do that either!)
And that’s ok. As a K-3 teacher of 6 years, and a lover of littles, I get it. I know kids will be kids, often at the moment we most want them to be mini-adults. I know kids need breaks, and that they need to move. Be ready for your child to be tired after playing hard during their session! Bring a water bottle and a non-messy snack along for break time – these real-life moments make some of the best pictures too! 🙂 Know that you’ll probably be in front of the camera for a few shots as you interact with your child. And be ready for us to transition from one thing to the next just as fast as your child can move.
I often say that I’m a “real-life” photographer. I love to incorporate fun, play, and daily life into my sessions, and I am all about helping capture images of your child in the midst of daily life. While I can’t realistically come to your home and follow your child around for a full day, I WOULD like the pictures I take to be some of your favorite memories of this stage of their lives. It’s helpful if you prepare them ahead for the idea of what’s going to happen, but I also know that things rarely go “as planned.” That serious expression, a few tears, or just being a goofy kid having fun? We can work with that!
So prep your child, tell them my name, and by all means let them know I’m someone you expect for them to listen to and respect. But then, chillax! Remember that your child feeds off of your emotions – they can read us better than we know! So if you’re stressed and worried about getting everything perfect before the shoot, chances are your child will be grumpy and stressed too. Talk with me ahead of time about your concerns*, get everything ready the night before, and then the day of, relax. Bring something to do during the session, and let me do my job. And with a little love, and a lot of running around, I’ll get you some of your most treasured keepsakes that you’ll look back on with smiles for years to come!
Notes and Ideas:
*I meet with clients before their shoot either in person or via email to brainstorm and plan together. I love to learn about your child(ren) so I can capture what makes them tick. This consultation time is extra fun if parents come with ideas already in hand or a Pinterest board of styles and ideas you can share! We’ll work together to make this shoot all about your child and YOU!
Is your child obsessed with Thomas? Have him bring some trains to tell me about and a conductor’s hat to wear. Super-hero lover? Grab a partial mask and a cape and let them role play. Budding drummer? Bring a few pots and pans for us to set up and a couple of wooden spoons and we’ll let them express themselves as they do at your home. Does your daughter love all things princess and still sings “Let it go” continually? While I’ve found that the super-plasticky Halloween costume dresses don’t make the prettiest pictures, give her a twirly dress and the appropriate hair bows… and whatever other props she plays with continually at your home. I believe in capturing the passions, joys, and favorite aspects of whatever stage of life your child is in. So let me know a few of your child’s favorite things, and we’ll work together to incorporate them in to the forever-memories were about to create and that you’ll love for years to come! They’ll enjoy their time more, their expressions will be more real, and you will forever remember (with a smile) those days of pan-drumming that led to an all-state soloist in high school!
Did you know?!?
Every O’Chung Photography session comes with a free inspirational artwork design, created just for you! Do you have a favorite verse, quote, or something you want your child (or family) to be encouraged by every day in a unique way? Check out a few of our designs, then start dreaming up your own ideas to bring to your consultation before the shoot. We’d LOVE to help make you and your child smile every time they come in the door!
Excited to get your session booked? and we’ll create a stress-free, fabulous and fun session just for you!
I can’t wait to help you get timeless artistic memories on your walls
that make you smile every time you walk in the door!