Your session with Infinite Photography is right around the corner! Are you ready? As the premiere Missoula Children Photographer, we prepared a checklist of things for you to remember in order to help make sure your child is prepared for their big day!
1. Don’t forget to feed your child before the session. Also, pack snacks just in case hunger strikes again while we’re shooting.
2. Bring more than one outfit. Make sure you always have backup clothes just in case. And we suggest that you don’t change your child in them into their session clothing until after you have fed them. Also, be very careful with drinks, as well – only clear liquids in a safe cup.
3. Let your child help when picking out their clothes for the session. By letting your child wear their his favorite shirt or shoes, etc. this will help them him feel more comfortable. If his/their choice of clothing is awful or doesn’t match, see if you can use that shirt as an undershirt or tell them him that theyhe can put it on for a couple of shots at the end of the session.
4. If you have a young child, try to schedule the session around their her naptime so they she will be well -rested and happy for photos.
5. Have a bribery in place. Bring fruit snacks, candy, a toy, etc. and let them him know that if he/they cooperates that they/he will get said bribery. Some parents have bribed their children by telling them if they are good, they can watch Netflix on mommy Mommy or daddy’s Daddy’s phone, or go to the Dragon Hollow at Caras park in downtown Missoula. Use whatever you think will work for your child to motivate them him to cooperate.
6. Bring along their her favorite toy or blanket. This will help your child be comfortable in a new, unfamiliar surrounding. Just be prepared aware that this will probably become a prop in some of the photos, so bring something that is pleasing to the eyes or has sentimental value and you’d be okay with photos of it.
7. Talk to your child about the session and explain what’s going to happen. If your child is informed about the situation, it will be less scary for them her when they she comes to the session. Tell her/them that she is/they are going to meet a new friend who is going to take some pictures of them/her. Let them her know that you’ll be there with them her and that we are going to have lots of fun. We might change their her clothes once or twice and ask them her to sit a certain way. During the session, we can show them her a couple of the photos so they she can put two and two together.
8. Bring Grandma (or someone else your child loves). Bringing along reinforcements is always a good plan. If grandma lives close by, or if your child’s favorite uncle has the day off of work, bring them him or her with you. You can use them this family member to help get your child to relax and laugh.
9. Wear sturdy shoes. It is a good idea to wear good, sturdy shoes to a session like this, as it is hard challenging to chase a little one around in flip-flops or heels. During the session, I may ask you to grab them your child if they he keeps running out of the frame.
Last but not least, don't forget to have fun! :)