What to bring to a Children’s Portrait Session

The best portrait sessions take a great deal of planning and preparation. This is why I meet with all clients either in person or over FaceTime prior to the session for a pre-session consultation. 

Here is a quick checklist for what to bring to your children’s portrait session.

Multiple changes of cloth. Also a combination of both lights and darks is recommended. Trying bringing multiple styles and things which showcase their interests and personality! Anything they wear while performing your hobbies can be great to add to your session as well. Examples would be hats, cowboy boots, athletic wear, etc. Avoid clothing with stripes, loud patterns, or colors. Also avoid large distracting text. Make sure all clothing is clean, fits well, and is not wrinkled. Baggy clothing usually doesn’t look flattering. Also bring some clothing you don’t mind getting dirty so we can do poses on the ground or in water. 

I like my child portrait sessions to be more personal that just the standard head shot. Bringing various props is one to make your images more personal. Bringing your kids favorite toys can be a great addition to the photo shoot. 

I love photographing pets and they can look great in your children’s portrait shoot as well! Many times we will photograph in multiple locations and we save the pet images for some of the last images of the shoot after we get done at the main location. 


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