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How can I prepare my child for their photoshoot?

At Bourne Photographic Studios we have a lot of experience with working with children. We often have events just like the one we had in December, making the experience of having your child’s photo taken fun and exciting. Our last event was our Christmas event, where your child could come along and sit on our Christmas bed with a Christmas background, getting them into the festive spirit and a great chance for you to have Christmas cards printed for your loved ones.

Not all children like having their picture taken and of course we take this into consideration, adapting to their personalities to ensure we get the best out of their photoshoot for them and to ensure it’s as enjoyable as possible.

If your child is anxious about having their photoshoots, here’s some tips to help you to prepare;

  • Keep calm – Don’t worry or stress about how your child will behave on the day. Your child may pick up on this. We are used to working with children and we understand that not all children are the same and all have different personalities. We can deal with any scenario so please do not worry!

  • Talk to your child(ren) and let them know that they’re going to have their photo taken and it’s going to be exciting and interesting.

  • Show your child(ren) pictures you have had taken before

  • Don’t worry about practicing smiling or posing, it’s best to capture them naturally by making them laugh and enjoying the experience. This is how we capture their personalities on camera.

For younger children;

  • make sure that they are well fed beforehand and bring snacks if needed, but of course choose ones which aren’t messy!

  • Try to choose a time for the photoshoot around their nap times, preferably just after a nap so that they are well rested

Encourage your child(ren) to pick out their own outfit but try and make sure that there’s not too much going on, big patterns, sequins and reflective material. It’s best to keep clothing discreet for the camera.

For further tips on how to prepare for a photoshoot, read more here.

Our next event is our Doggy Day event on 26th February. Book your 15 minute slot now! Email us at

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