Preparation for a Home Photo Session with little children

You can see more sample images for family portrait sessions in Babies & Little Kid's Gallery.

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How you prepare yourself for the photo session is very important to receive good images at the end of the photo session. 

Here are some tips for you.  These will help us make your images together as beautiful as possible.

1. What to wear

1-1. Wear nice and comfortable clothes you like - something like a little better version of your everyday clothes. I want you to be able to sit and lie down on the ground, jump comfortably without worrying about your clothes. Especially with children, if they are wearing brand new shoes and feeling uncomfortable, it will show in the images. If weather is nice, we may take photos outside of the house, too. So please wear comfortable clothes you don't mind getting a little dirt on.

1-2. GENERIC DESIGN like GAP is recommended

The images should be about you, not about your clothes.

Designer clothes (recognizable copy-righted designs, logos, or any texts) tend to be too strong and destructive, ending up stealing viewers' attention from you. Color patterns such as checkers, dots, or flowers are fun. I recommend generic design clothes.

1-3. Wear light layers - summer and spring clothes

Summer/spring clothes will make the best images to be enjoyed throughout the year. So I would like to shoot with the fewest layers of cloths as possible.

1-4. A watch gets destructive in images, so I recommend to take it off.

1-5. This is totally optional, but if all the family members can wear clothes in harmony, that's great.

1-6. Finger tips

Especially with a little baby, your hands often appear next to your baby in closeups, so keep nails and fingers clean. You may want to wear a wedding ring. 

2. Hair style

I suggest to arrange your/your children's hair style in the way that the hair does not come down and hide the face when you/they look down.

3. Toys to help to draw children's attention

Please prepare a couple of little toys or something your children like. I would like to use them to draw their attention during the shoot.

4. Fun props for the session

Special stuffed animals, toys, bubbles, balloons ... If you would like something you would like to include in the photos, please let me know in advance, so I can plan ahead for them.

5. Preparing your house

I can find a nice simple wall or a window for the standing poses. As you can see in the sample photos here, only part of your house will be shown in the images. It will be helpful to have windows areas available, but please don't worry about cleaning your house too much!

To get better natural lighting, I may ask you if we can move the furniture or ornaments during the photo session.


Now let's have a fun photo session!

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Yuko Hirao

Email:  [email protected]