Booking a Studio Shoot – What to expect?

Posted on 21st March 2017 by Michelle under Q&As about Photo Shoots
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I can bring my studio to you and set up the studio shoot in the comfort of your own home or you are very welcome to come to my studio.   The ‘set up’ consists of a patterned backdrop (you can choose from over 10 designs) and two studio lights using umbrellas to spread / reflect the light evenly.  Studio lighting is so photographers have control over the light and gives you the professional image you are paying for.

What clothes should the models wear?  If the child is being photographed on their own, you have the freedom to choose colours and styles.  Have an idea who the photos are for; if they will be framed on the wall and if so what your home decor and colour themes are.

For siblings, I would always recommend the same style of clothes but not necessarily the same colours.  So if both boys are wearing shirts, tie and smart trousers, they can be different colours.  But always try and ensure the colours compliment each other.  An example of complimentary colours are ‘autumn’ colours:  browns, beige, green, dark orange, cream.

Bare feet on little ones look very cute in photos and I would suggest bare feet over socks.  Shoes and boots are lovely if clean – the camera will pick up dirty shoes.   Stickers and tattoo transfers would ideally be removed before the shoot as well as distinctive watches, hairbands on wrists etc.  I can help you with this when you arrive.


Once the studio has been set up and you or your little one’s are ready for photos, I will start positioning the model/s.   Sometimes with younger children it is a good idea for mum or dad to sit to the side, ready to leap into action if the model decides to run off or crawl away!    I will turn into a ‘party entertainer’ for the duration of the photo shoot ensuring I capture natural laughing images of your child.

Depending on the photo shoot booked and the age of the child/children, we may have time for a change of outfits, a change of backdrops and change of props.  We will discuss this during the studio shoot but I will fit in as much into the session as I can to give you a complete photo experience and enable your gallery to be full to the brim of a large variety of images.

Safety During a Studio Shoot:  The lights are plugged into electricity and get very hot so safety is always an extremely high priority.  I will tape the leads down to prevent trips and encourage parents to ensure their little ones don’t hold onto, walk into or trip over the light stands.  Please note that the backdrop is attached to a metal stand and taped along the floor.  Young children are often fooled by the patterns thinking it is a solid wall to lean on.  I therefore encourage parents to try and prevent their child leaning on the backdrop as no one wants an accident to happen.


MODEL PORTFOLIO CALL:  If you are attending a MODEL shoot, this is to help me practice new ideas, get images of new backdrops or props, add to my portfolio and create images that can be used on marketing and advertising material.  Such model calls will be a short Mini shoot, (please click this link to my Mini Shoot Blog).  In return for you are giving me authority to use the images for advertising and marketing purposes, the studio shoot will be free, PLUS I will give you a number of images FREE as an added thank you and you have the option to purchase more images from your gallery.

CAKE SMASH:  This studio shoot is so much fun!  How often do we allow our little ones complete access to an entire iced birthday cake?  The images captured are just so lovely as you watch your child get messy with fingers or licking icing off a wooden spoon; grabbing bits of cake and some even going head-first into the icing!   Cake Smash shoots are traditionally for the 1st Birthday however they are just as perfect for 2nd, 3rd and even 21st, 30th or 40th birthdays!!!   Such fun and a great way to remember those precious years.

MINI PHOTO SHOOT:  A mini photo shoot refers to the length of time of the session and is an affordable way to receive professional image.  I will set up a backdrop and book models throughout the day and by not changing the backdrop each time, I am able to reduce the cost of the session.  Full details of what to expect from a Mini Shoot can be found in my blog by clicking this link.


Photo shoots can be a fun crazy noisy time but there are moments when your little one may be tired or just fed up at being photographed.   That’s totally fine and as no one wants a photo of someone upset or crying, we can take a short break and try again in few moments.  Oh and talking of no photos, please do not take photos of any kind during a studio shoot unless we have discussed it beforehand.  Thank you.


I have years of experience photographing children of all ages and to be honest, those parents who say their child never smiles at the camera just makes it a challenge for me to get the shot!  Please read my reviews on my facebook page – I have a knack of getting that smile!     If they won’t smile, should you tell them to or say cheese?   I encourage parents not to mention the word ‘smile’ during the shoot if a child seems to be being stubborn.  I will get there, don’t worry!   Another reason not to ask them to smile is because some children will do a ‘fake’ smile.  I find that the best photos are where the child is laughing or smiling naturally so have faith in my techniques at getting that grin!


You will be given a ‘password card’ which you need to keep safe.   Use the password to gain access to a photo album on my website in the Client Area.   In your album you can browse your images and choose which format you wish to receive them in, such as prints, digital downloads, canvas or on a USB.  Click here for USB orders and details.

If you have any queries about a studio shoot please get in touch.


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