Tips

When it comes to what to wear, forget matchy-matchy outfits (this is a khaki-and-polo-shirt-free zone). Wear what makes you comfortable and shows your personal style (a tutu, a favorite tee shirt, jeans with holes, or that fun hat and scarf). I usually recommend that you have bare feet, rather than shoes. If you are sitting on the floor, the only thing on your shoes you will see are the bottom. Don't worry about getting a special pedicure....I will not be zooming in on your feet. And if you feel more comfortable in shoes, by all means, wear them.DON'T wear anything that is uncomfortable. DON'T put your kids in itchy, scratchy outfits. It will show in the photos. DO wear anything that you love, that makes you feel good, and that shows off your personality. If you are unsure what to wear, bring a bunch of things: hats, scarves, scrappy shirt, etc., and we can figure it out together.

 

HOW LONG IS THIS GOING TO TAKE?

Please allow two hours for the shoot. Rarely does it take this long, but this will give us the necessary time to work comfortably, and avoid stress related to rushing. When children are the subjects of a sitting, they should arrive well rested, since happy babies are the easiest to work with. Please don't schedule a shoot for your baby when you know they would normally be napping.

 

IS THERE ANYTHING I/WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SESSIONS FOR MY CHILD?

If you child has special needs, is jeolous of a new sibling or has pet allergies (frequent photo sessions with animals take place in my studio), or there is anything else you think is important or pertinent to our session, please let me know in advance.

 

IF YOUR CHILD IS NOT COOPERATING

Sessions with children can be unpredictable. I have encountered every situation. I will play games, throw a ball, make faces, make a fool of myself, and basically do almost anything, to get a good photo. If your child starts off moody, just keep upbeat and be patient. We'll get it!It is best if I am the only person coaching your child during the session; parents can participate by helping fetch wayward toddlers, crawlers and creepers, and returning them to the background! If you can do something that you know makes your child giggle, by all means, let me know.Too many people talking, snapping, or waving to your child never produces good results. Also, I like to talk to my models. I will try to engage your child in conversation. It is best if you resist the urge to "translate" or answer for your child.If your child is feeling shy, be prepared to sit down, relax, and give them time to get comfortable in the new surroundings. Most often, babies and toddlers come around in their own time.If you are in the photo with your baby, just stay calm and feel free to interact with your baby. I will guide you. It can be awkward for me to say, “Hey, stop helping!” I can’t tell you how many times I have had to take pictures of dads snapping their fingers to get their babies to look up. You run the risk of being photographed while looking down or talking. Just have fun with your baby/toddler and you will look great!

 

WHAT SHOULD I/WE BRING TO THE PHOTO SESSION?

For Adults:

  • Translucent powder

  • Hair spray

  • Makeup

  • Clothes, including several possible outfits and accessories, if your session involves outfit changes. You may not use most of it, but it’s always good to have options. I always prefer bare feet but bring shoes if you like.

For Babies:

  • Cheerios

  • Bottles

  • Change of clothes

  • Blanket

  • Favorite costume (ballerina tutus, fairy wings and capes are always fun for the end of a session)

  • Favorite dolls and animals, however it is best not to overload them with too many toys.

Stephanie Mohan Creative Portraiture

48 Bolinas Rd. Fairfax, CA 94930

stephanie@creativeportraiture.com

www.creativeportraiture.com

Instagram: @creative.portraiture

415.454.2102