McCormac Photography

Child Session Information


1)How long is the shoot?

Photo shoots are typically 30-60 minutes. Just enough time to get some great photos and before the kids can say "are we done yet".

2)Choosing clothing?????

Pick your clothing in advance and make sure that your outfit choices are comfortable and attractive.  Please avoid logos and cartoon characters. Adding fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, etc. can add a fun twist . One way to get you child excited about a photo shoot is having them pick out some of there favorite things.

3)It's hard to smile when you're hungry and tired.

Do not schedule your photo session around your child’s nap or bedtime.  The best time for lighting is the two hours before sunset and after sunrise. We can always do your childs session anytime of the day in our studio on the weekends.  Don’t show up to a photo shoot on an empty stomach.  I meet many families who come to a photo session with dinner scheduled at the end.  If this is your plan, be sure to give everyone a healthy snack before the photo shoot.

4)Be sure to leave plenty of time to get ready.

Leave plenty of time for showers, baths, dressing, and grooming.  When you show up to a photo session rushed and disorganized, it sets the tone for a rushed and disorganized session.  Give yourself extra time so that you are ready before it’s time to head out that door.

5)Ask the dads to be cheerful participants.

Dads, please cheerfully participate.  I know that many dads dread photo session, but fathers, please understand how important capturing your child is.  These images will be left as a legacy, when your children are grown, with families of their own some day. Photos of your children are treasured forever and they are so important. Once you see your happy wife and amazing photographs, you will be so glad that you gave this time to your family.

6)Leave the cheese at home.

Please, parents… leave the “cheese” at home.  Cheese is for many thing but not for photos.  Yelling and demanding young children to look at the camera to smile will only stress your children out and will result in strained, unnatural and often unflattering photographs.  Step back, and allow our photographer  to naturally interact and talk with your children.  This will result in natural, gorgeous smiles.  Help the photographer capture the true essence of your child’s personality by talking with and coaxing out those smiles naturally and easily.

7)Let's have fun.

Don’t be afraid to pick up your children and toss them in the air. Have fun.  Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Embrace.  Kiss.  Snuggle.  Play.  Doing these things will allow us to capture the emotion and true beauty of your Child.  Let us see who you're child really is, so we can capture those special moments of their childhood.

8)Bring an activity that is photo friendly.

Incorporated an activity that you wouln't mind in the pictures.  This gives your kids something to do with your hands and/or feet, engages them, and brings an authentic smile to your face.  Do they love to read together?  Bring some books. When children are engaged in doing something that they love, we will be able to take some beautiful and authentic photographs.

9.NOT everyone has to be looking and smiling at the camera at the same time.

The best photographs are often the ones where everyone is engaged or interacting with each other.  Understand that not every picture needs to have everyone looking at the camera and smiling at the same time.