Children Tips

Posted in by jeremy on the January 31st, 2006

Children’s Clothing Guide – A Guide to Dressing Your Child For A Priceless Portrait.

For those special times you want to capture you child’s uniqueness, and a portrait that possesses a timeless quality, it is important you understand how clothing and prop selection can affect the artistic success of the portrait.

“Simple garments are a perfect choice for children, as they don’t overpower their delicate features.”

“Coveralls present a classic look for boys or girls, and the portrait is particularly appealing when cute little bare feet are revealed.”

“A casually styled portrait can have a timeless quality when the play clothing is selected from “basic” styles such as jeans outfits.”

“Pajamas are great for “bedtime” portraits for little boys or girls.”

“Little girls always look precious in a slip.”

“White clothing and a white background are a perfect combination.”

“Props should always be chosen to complement the clothing and support the mood of the portrait.”

“Clothing coordination is very important when more than one child appears in the portrait.”

“If your child wears glasses, let them wear the glasses for the portrait, but have the lenses removed if possible. This will keep the lenses from distorting the outline of the face and reduce reflections.”

A Few More Helpful Hints…

“Arrive at least 15 minutes before session time, so that your child may get acquainted with the studio’s surroundings.”

“Be sure your child is rested and fed before their portrait session.”

“Don’t forget your child’s favorite toy or stuffed animal.”

“Make sure to bring a brush and hair spray for the quick touch up.”

Capture A Lifetime? The Best Ages For Children’s Portraits.

  • The First Year – When changes occur most rapidly? be prepared to capture this magic time at 3, 6 and 9 months.
  • Age 1 – When permanent facial characteristics first begin to show future family likeness? a baby still, but a robust and growing person.
  • Age 2 – When the language barrier has been broken and the child responds to reason? humor? action.
  • Age 4 – When the child begins to display individuality and the emerging personality.
  • Age 7 – When second teeth change the facial contours and a growing mind develops a more mature, inquiring outlook.
  • Age 12 – When the child approaches the teens… entering a dress rehearsal for adulthood… taking steps towards independence.
  • Age 17 – When childhood ends and the adult shows signs of emerging.

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