7 Stellar Tips for Preparing Your Child for Portrait Day

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Picture Day is on its way! Use these 7 terrific tips to help your child get ready for a great professional portrait. Whether you’re looking forward to your child’s first school picture day, holiday card photographs, or a family portrait session, these tips will point you in the right direction for a great shoot.

Find the Right Fit: Choosing the Right Outfit for Picture Day

The night before photo day, select three to five outfits for your child to choose from. Be sure to find clothing that they love and that they know looks good on them. Picture day isn’t the best time to break out that new, itchy wool sweater from Grandma. Instead, make them feel like a comfortable star, make them feel like pampered royalty, make them feel like the center of the universe. If your child looks good and feels good, professional photographers will capture it!


Be Bold: Show a Little Flash on Photo Day

Avoid clothing with slogans, large logos, and loud patterns. Vibrant colors work well, so don’t be afraid of bold choices. Kids and cameras love color, use favorite color combinations to make your child’s personality shine.


Focus on the Hair: Take Your Time

If your child is due for a new hairstyle, schedule an appointment at least three weeks prior to the photo shoot. Have some fun, look through a few magazines with your child and choose a cut that they love and will be easy to maintain. The key is comfort, so you may want to save dramatic haircuts for after picture day. That said, enjoy yourselves and find a style that everyone loves. And when school picture day arrives, be sure comb and style your child’s hair prior to morning send-off; rest assured, though, our professional photographers will take the time to smooth errant strands and push pesky stragglers into place.


Keep it Clean: Only the Best for Portraits

Who wants to see the remnants of last night’s spaghetti on those rosy cheeks or a morning milk mustache staining that adorable upper lip? Taking the time for a nice, playful bath before portrait day will not only erase the remnants of your busy day, but it’s a great way to relax and prepare for a great night’s sleep. If bathtime isn’t a happy time for your child, hop in the shower the next morning and belt out a few of your child’s favorite tunes. There’s nothing like singing in the shower to put a smile on your face.


Brush, Brush, Brush: Let Your Kid Shine for the Camera

Let those pearly whites shine! After breakfast, take a couple of minutes to sing a sudsy “Happy Birthday” over the sink. It’s not only great for the smile, but it’s great for your kid’s health, too!


Stealth Practice: Let that smile shine!

In the age of cellphones and selfies, it’s safe to bet that your child has already had hundreds of photos taken. Scroll through your collections and show them a few that you really like. Snap a few more. Get them used to being in front of the camera. But don’t make too big of a deal out of portrait day, the key is to make it fun and to keep your child relaxed.


Nobody’s Perfect: Kids Will Be Kids

Your kid’s a kid. And it’s okay. Those missing two front teeth? Don’t let them keep that smile away. Picture day is a rare and precious opportunity to catch your child as they are, in that moment. And then, next year, you’ll have the opportunity to catch them all over again, in that moment. Don’t worry about perfection, you’ll enjoy looking at the imperfections and quirky expressions for years to come.Moments are happening – let us capture them – so you’ll remember them. Memories Matter.