Before my clients come into my Glasgow studio for their portrait session I always like to get to know them before they arrive. I call this the “pre-session warm up”. It’s particularly important when dealing with younger children and babies. So before I start any session I chat to Mum and Dad about their child’s personality, likes and dislikes. When you arrive at the studio I have a little “photographer-child interaction time” that occurs before we begin the session. I always suggest you arrive around 15 minutes early to your session so we and any can get to know each other. This is important for younger children, they can get a little frightened or shy interacting with someone they don’t know. The aim of my portrait session is to document your child’s personality, therefore, we want him or her to be comfortable with me and with the environment.

Some children are super friendly right away, while others can be quite shy and need extra time to come out of their shells. There’s no right or wrong way for your child to act. It’s important to not have too many expectations on how they should act. Your child will do just beautifully on the day!

I had little Catherine in the studio with her American Mummy Ashlee. Ashlee contacted me to shoot some portfolio images of Catherine for a Model Agency in London. So it was important to have some good clear head and shoulder shots of Catherine. No need for much of a warm-up session with Catherine as she was smiling when she came to the studio. I think from the images I’ve attached you can really see her personality shining through. We all had a pretty good time during the session and Ashlee was happy with the images from the session.

If you’d like me to make some authentic family portraits of your family, then you can contact me on 07581 561646, or here, or email me at [email protected], sign up for my newsletter and receive 20% off your first sitting fee.

Dawn Martin Photography is a Scottish newborn and family photographer proudly serving Glasgow, and South Lanarkshire. Dawn creates beautiful portraits of your children, as newborn babies and as they grow into little people.


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