Saturday, October 17, 2009

Little People Tips from Photographer Andrea Booker

Andrea Booker, professional photographer, continues her series of tips and suggestions for usHer post today gives us pointers in working with young children.

Let's talk about photographing children (affectionately called little people).  Little people are always full of surprises as most of us know.  They say funny things, cry, jump, run, give you the 'look,'  frown when you want them to smile, smile when you want their 'serious look,'  and look away when you want them to look at you.  Most little people are even cute when they're mad and simply glowing when they are happy or excited about something.  For me personally, photographing children is a very rewarding challenge and I enjoy it very much.

So, how can you prepare your little ones for their photo sessions?  Here are a few tips to consider:

*Unless it's a first birthday picture, have their bellies full.  For those one-year-old cake moments, you don't want your baby overly hungry, but we'll let the cake top off their little tanks.

*For little babies, it's best to take their pictures when their bellies are full and their diapers aren't.  It's also good to have a backup picture outfit for just-in-case purposes.

*Have them dressed in their photo session outfits.  The less of a deal it is to get settled in at the session location, the easier it will be to take their pictures.  We'll try to be quick during the session so your little one isn't too bored or otherwise uninterested.
*Toys?  If there are one or two small toys that your child/children love, yes, bring them.  We can play a few quick games with them to get some fun smiles from the little ones.  Please make sure these toys are clean and in as good repair as possible as they may end up in the pictures.

*Props?  A family I photograph very frequently LOVES props and it's really so much fun for me as a photographer to see what goodies they bring with them.  This last time, they brought an old Radio Flyer wagon, put the cute little one in the back and we took the shot.  It's so rewarding to be able to provide the family with the picture they had in their heads.  So, props are always fun; just talk with your photographer first to give them a heads up.  They might have a specific prop already so you wouldn't have to worry about bringing it with you.

*If there are any areas of concern with your child participating in the session, please let your photographer know in advance so that they may be better prepared.  For example, some children are afraid of balloons, so the photographer would need to know not to use balloons in the session.  Also, let your photographer know of any allergies as some will use treat 'bribes' or other attention grabbing tools.

As a parent or participant in the session, even if you aren't getting your photo taken, please be prepared to help.  The photographers can direct the helpers where they need them to help to reduce confusion, distraction and chaos.  However,  here is a quick list of participant actions I strongly recommend parents/participants NOT do:

*Both parents playing peek-a-boo or jumping up and down or hollering to their child(ren).  Not only is this behavior distracting to the child, it's also distracting to the photographer.  If the child(ren) react to these actions by the parents, wonderful, but please, one at a time.

*Please stand behind the photographer while still giving them room to work and change positions.

*Please don't yell or loudly instruct the child(ren) to smile or otherwise react to the photo session.

It has been my experience that these actions do not end up with the most wonderful results.  We try to keep the sessions fun, moving, and memorable for the whole family so that next time, little 'Suzie' will be excited to go have her pictures taken rather than run away from the photographer.  It's much more fun for me when the child(ren) recognize me as "the picture lady" and are ready to get down to business for a fun and fabulous photo session.

These are my tips, opinions, and experiences.

The two photographs are of Rilynn's 9-month photo session--so cute!


Join me next time for tips on session location possibilities.

-Andrea Booker
Owner/Photographer of Single Moments Photography, Greenville, MI

Thank you, Andrea!  If you have any questions you would like to ask Andrea, please contact me and I will send your questions to her.

We welcome your comments and suggestions.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

November Scrap Book Events Details!

As many of you know, Freeze Frame Publishing will be participating in our first scrap book events in November. We are quite excited for this new venture; we've met many interested scrap bookers and custom card makers already!

Our booth will have a little bit different look to it: we will showcase samples of custom cards and background pages created by scrap book enthusiasts. We will also have FREE software CDs available and we will give FREE card samples to people joining our email list.  We will also have 12x12 scrap book pages kits available for purchase. Of course, we will have sample photo books on display as well.

For more details on these scrap book events, please click the links! Mt. Clemens show, November 7-8; Birch Run show, November 13-15.  If you are in the area or attending these shows, please stop by and see us!

Please visit our web site for more information on our products and services.  If you have tips and ideas you would like to share, please contact me, I'd be happy to post your ideas (pictures, too!)!

Thank you for visiting our blog!  We welcome your comments and suggestions.


Friday, October 2, 2009

Andrea Hudleston Booker Blog Post #2: Why Hire a Professional Photographer

This is the second post from local professional photographer, Andrea Hudleston Booker.
To illustrate the importance of using professionals let me narrate a very true and personal story. A few months ago after my $30 haircut (wash, cut and style), I thought it would be a great idea to further update my look with some highlights. After just spending money on my hair, I wanted to do it "the more affordable way," meaning my then fiance and I could 'handle it' with a $15 box of color from our local store.
To make a longer story short and to save myself a bit of embarrassment,  the outcome was not so good and I ended up calling a professional at 10:30 p.m. with my hair emergency. Luckily for me, my professional hair-saver, as we'll call him, was able to meet me at the salon bright and early the following morning to bring my locks to their true potential (or at least much better than we had done). Total cost to fix my hair, $120! Had we opted to hire the professional from the beginning to handle my job, we would have saved approximately $40; and these days, $40 is a lot of money.
 In closing, professionals are labeled professionals because they have experience and training in their specific specialties. Sure, just as anyone can take a picture and anyone can highlight a person's hair does not imply that the outcome will be satisfactory in any way. Let's leave highlights as well as your Single Moments to the professionals.
Stay tuned for more tips from the photographer.  You can follow Andrea at a number of online locations:
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If you have a question you would like to ask Andrea, please send them to me. We welcome your comments and suggestions.