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LITTLE SITTER SESSION GUIDE

HOW TO PREPARE AND WHAT TO EXPECT

So your session can run as smoothly as possible, I have compiled a prep guide to help us get the most out of your session!

COVID-19 update

Whilst I appreciate that most legal restrictions surrounding Covid-19 have now been lifted, I would really appreciate my Client’s continued support in following my guidelines during their appointments with me, in order to protect all of my customers (including newborn babies and vulnerable adults) as much as possible.

I will continue to wear a face mask throughout indoor appointments and will thoroughly wash my hands before and after sessions and use hand sanitiser when necessary. Face masks/coverings are once again mandatory in shops (this is the category under which my premises falls), so I would appreciate if Client’s continue to wear a face covering or mask during indoor appointments with me (whilst not being photographed). I regularly have contact with newborn babies and vulnerable adults and therefore I ask Clients to continue to wear face coverings, to help me keep all Client’s safe as far as possible during their appointments with me. I appreciate your co-operation.

You can find out more information on the Covid-19 procedures I have put in place here.

Booking your session

Little Sitter Sessions are suitable for babies aged at least 6 months old, who are confidently sitting unaided.

Your session will be focused on images of your little one sitting in some of my cute props (and quite possibly crawling!), so please do ensure that you baby is sitting at the time of your session, so we can get the most out of your time with me. 

However, if your baby is a little delayed in their sitting and you still want to capture your baby in all their cuteness, please just let me know beforehand and I will happily make adjustments to your session wherever possible.

How long does a Little Sitter Session last?

Little Sitter Sessions last around one hour. Occasionally your session may last a little longer, depending on how quickly your baby get’s into the swing of things!

What should I bring to the session?

Please bring your usual change bag supplies – nappies, wipes etc. Feel free to bring one or two well-fitting items of clothing or outfits (i.e. not too big!) with you – try to pick items that won’t swamp your baby with too much fabric – less is more. This could be anything from a pair of jeans, a little dress or a pair of dungarees (always cute!). If your baby uses a dummy, please bring at least two sterilised dummies with you in case we need them.

Please bring milk and/or a snack for your baby.

Wear thin layers yourself as the studio will be warm!

Please feed baby just before you set off from home.

This is really important and helps the session to run as smoothly as possible! A full tummy will help your baby to be settled, so we have the best chance of capturing a beautiful set of images. Remember to bring milk & a snack for your little one too!

What about nap times?

I usually ask you to book a suitable time to work around your baby’s naps. Please ensure they have a good nap directly before their session wherever possible, even if that means taking the long way round in the car! This is the single most important thing you can do before your session, to ensure the best chance of success on the day.

What should I dress my baby in to arrive at the studio?

Please just dress your baby in their usual clothing – I’d suggest changing them into any clothing you’d like them to be photographed in upon arrival at the studio, to avoid any dribble/spills on their clothing.

Can I have photos taken of my baby with their siblings/with us?

Yes! If you would like your baby to be photographed with their sibling/s or with you all as a family, please let me know before your session. I take sibling and family photographs at the end of the session and ask that wherever possible you arrange for your partner, a family member or friend to drop sibling/s off for the last portion of the session. This is to allow me to focus on capturing the best photographs of your baby during the first part of your session. Baby sessions can be pretty boring for small children and siblings can distract little one’s fro having their photos taken, so I recommend you follow this advice if at all possible.

How should I prepare older kids?

Please ensure that all children arrive to the session fresh from a nap (if applicable) and well fed. Children should arrive in clean clothes (or with a change of clean clothes if you intend to change them on arrival). Please ensure that any chipped nail varnish and/or temporary tattoos have been removed prior to the session (including adults!).

My advice would be to say very little to your children about your planned session! By all means, mention you are going for a photo shoot and that it’s going to be fun, but please don’t worry about telling kids that they must listen and smile, as it’s often counter-productive. The best possible thing you can do is to ensure that young children have had a good nap before their session and that all kids have something to eat beforehand.

What should we wear?

If you plan on being in some of the photos with baby, I suggest wearing plain, well fitting clothing that you are comfortable in.  Please avoid patterns, logos and prints and instead opt for two or three colour tones that compliment each other and please avoid wearing black wherever possible. Although you might not generally like dressing ‘matchy-matchy’ as a family, for photo shoots, this actually looks great! I always ask that shoes & socks are removed, as honestly, they never look good, so pleased be preparaed to pop these off!

Below, I’ve put together a PDF to download, for some colour ideas and options for you to consider. These are only guidelines, but from experience I would suggest for family portraits you choose from the cool, neutral tones palette or the warm, earthy tones palette. 

Download the PDF colour guide here; Studio Sessions What To Wear.

For a brief visual guide on clothing ideas, check out my Pinterest board here.

Can I bring my extended family or friends to the session?

Only immediate family (i.e. those participating in the session) should accompany baby to a session in my studio, due to limited space. Having other’s there can be very distracting for little ones!

Advice for breastfeeding mothers:

Sometimes babies can be unsettled due to tummy ache/wind which can, in part, be due to foods you may naturally include in your diet. Whilst this isn’t likely to be something you need to consider day to day, in preparation for your session you may wish to exclude these foods from your diet 24 to 48 hours before your session; Spicy food (garlic, curry and chilli), gassy vegetables (broccoli, onion, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, and peppers), citrus fruits and their juices (oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit), strawberries, kiwifruit, pineapple, fruits with a laxative effect, such as cherries and prunes and chocolate (yes, sorry about that last one!). This might seem like a long list, but it’s only advice and you do not have to follow it. But if you can avoid having a curry the night before or decide not to drink your usual 1 litre of orange juice the day before, then it may help your baby settle! (Please note: this is not medical fact and I am not qualified to advise you medically).

What about the comfort and safety of my baby?

My studio will be warm and cosy, so baby will be comfortable throughout. I have 17 years experience as a full-time professional photographer and 14 years experience as a medical photographer, where I photograph patients’ conditions with a great deal of care, sensitivity and patience. I am fully aware of cleanliness requirements and hand hygiene protocols when handling babies. I have also undertaken posing, photography and safety training with some of the top baby photographers in the country. As well as my usual practices, I have introduced a number of enhanced measures to ensure my studio is Covid secure and you can find out more here.

What if my baby doesn’t settle well?

​Usually, the only reasons babies of this age might be unsettled is due to tiredness, hunger or teething. Please do your best to ensure baby has a good nap and is well-fed before their session. I will always do my best to capture a lovely range of images for you, but I can only capture what I can depending on babies mood on the day. If I feel we have achieved a full gallery of images then I won’t offer to reschedule your session.

If baby is going through a particularly unsettled spell with teething, just before their session, please get in touch with me beforehand, allowing as much notice as possible (and at least 24 hours notice). If your baby seems poorly or under the weather, please contact me to reschedule your session. My studio policy is not to undertake sessions where any of the participants (or myself) are ill. I have regular contact with newborn babies and children and therefore I will always advise we reschedule if baby is poorly.

Our Sickness Policy

If you (or anyone in your party) have been feeling unwell in the days prior to your appointment, please contact me to rescedule your appointment. Where an illness is viral, contagious or involves sickness and/or diarrhoea, please observe the 48 hour free from symptoms rule.

Covid-19; Should you (or anyone in your party) develop Covid-19 symptoms or test positive for Covid-19 in the 7 days prior to your appointment, please contact me to reschedule your appointment (unless you have taken a lateral flow test to confirm a negative result).

Need to reschedule?

I get it, stuff happens. If you do need to reschedule your session, please let me know as soon as possible. Your booking fee is non-refundable but I do allow rescheduling once, due to genuine illness or emergency. Please give at least 24 hours notice wherever possible. If you do not arrive to your session or are more than 30 minutes late without letting me know, then you’ll need to pay a late cancellation fee to book your new date. If you need to reschedule at short notice due to symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have been in contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19, then I will waive late cancellation fees on a case by case basis.

When will I see my photographs?

At the end of your session we will arrange your viewing & ordering appointment to take place in approximately 2-3 weeks time and this is when you will get to see your beautifully edited gallery of around 25 images, choose your favourites and place your order.  Payment for an order is due at your viewing appointment. I always advise that all decision makers are present at the viewing and ordering appointment as you may find you need help choosing your portraits! Viewing appointments are currently taking place in my studio as usual, at 1m+ social distancing with the use of face coverings in addition.

When will I get my order?

Once you have placed your order, you can expect your purchased digital images and prints to be ready for collection in approximately 3 weeks time. If you have ordered wall art or albums then these will be ready in around 4-6 weeks time.

Where is your studio?

You can find me at; First Floor, 29 Station Road, Steeton, West Yorkshire, BD20 6RL (above Imagine Hair & Beauty Salon).

Please enter via the front door and head up the stairs, where you will find my studio on your right. There is no on-site parking at the studio, but I will advise you of close-by on-street parking options before your session. Please try to arrive on time, but if you are running late, please message me on; 07956114916.

I’m looking forward to meeting you all and as always, if you have any questions, please just ask!