Child-Friendly Clothing Picks
“What to wear?” is a common question we hear at our planning sessions. With children’s portraits it’s important to choose clothes that reflect the essence of your child. For some, that might mean soft camouflage pants, a tiara, a super-hero cape or a pair of rubber boots. These pieces allow children to express themselves in a way that words cannot.
Texture in your child’s clothing is also a plus. Think: fabrics like tulle, corduroy, and velvet; adornments like embroidery, appliques, buttons or overstitching. Fun prints are a bonus like polka dots and playful stripes. Just be sure to bring some solids to balance out the look.
Avoid shirts with type, brands, and messages, unless you’re sure it will have value to you in years to come. Don't forget shoes to match each outfit or bare feet. While we keep props to a minimum in our photography for children we do encourage you to bring musical instruments, special toys and lovey blankies.
Love Natural Expressions?
We do to. However, somewhere along the path of childhood, we are taught to respond to a single word with a stock response. CHEESE! (recall mental picture of Cheshire grin) Do you associate this with children's studio photography? Pause for a moment with that image in mind, and you'll probably agree that the result will look as goofy as it feels.
A pro photographer–like Kim Campbell–knows you want your child smiling back naturally at you in their portrait, just as they would in real life. We've found a candid expression from a child is far more real and lasting through some straight-forward fun, silliness, and play. So say "No!" to cheese in your photos when visiting your children's portrait studios (you'll be glad you did).