It’s photo day at preschool! What to do?!
Anyone who has had children will know, that they grow and change at an exponential rate during their first few years of life. Many modern parent’s today are eager to capture these changes in their children by documenting them through photography. There are many ways to go about photographing your children, from the organic natural shots taken in real life, to the professional photographer’s studio where different props and lights are used to make them look as cute as possible. Taking your child to the studio has become an increasingly popular option with parents today. Pictures taken professionally can be printed out and given as gifts to family members, or even framed for the home.
The photographer’s studio however comes with it’s own challenges. Because you want your child to look as cute as possible, and because you are paying for those photos, a little preparation can go a long way. For those who are unsure of what can be done, here are some tips to help get you started.
Always have a conversation with the photographer before hand about what kind of lights are being used, where the shadows will fall etc… The point here is that you want your child to be the focal point of the photo. What you don’t want is for your child’s skin to be too shiny, or illuminated because of the glare of the flash or the lights. The best solution is to ensure that the lighting is soft and that the flash is not too close.
When I was little, I was blessed with lots of hair. So my mother took full advantage of that by giving me elaborate hair styles for my photo shoots. I was also dressed to the nines, in pretty dresses, stockings and shoes, none of which ever stayed clean afterwards. For parents of little girls especially, it can be incredibly tempting to deck them out like princesses. But from experience I can tell you that your best bet is to ensure your babies comfort. Pick clothes that are cute and pretty, but not unbearable to a baby. This is because you want your child to smile for the camera, rather than crying or scowling at it. Babies don’t understand why they need to pose, so you need to make them happy beforehand to ensure a good shot.
Just a Touch of Makeup:
Many parent’s I’m sure would flinch at the idea of applying makeup to their babies before a photo shoot. But the idea itself is actually a good one, so long as it isn’t overdone. No sane person would recommend you putting mascara and eye shadow on a baby, but a little foundation can have an amazing effect. Babies and small children in general come with many different bumps and bruises, the result of either birth or child’s play. During a photo shoot, you can’t always have complete control over the effect of lighting and flash, and your child’s face may come out looking too shiny without a little prep work. The best coverage foundation that can be applied to a babies skin should always be on the lighter side, so avoid thick oil based products at all costs. A good tinted moisturizer or bb cream can work wonders. Because you want to an oil free product, look for one formulated for oily skin. In my opinion the best bb cream for oily skin is Tarte BB tinted treatment, an organic product guaranteed not to irritate your baby’s sensitive skin.
When applying the makeup, be sure to use as little as possible and blend in very gently, focusing only on the areas you want to smooth out. After the photo shoot, use a cotton ball dabbed in baby oil to gently remove the foundation from your babies skin.
Your baby deserves to look his/her best on their photo shoot, I hope you found these will help you to achieve a great result.