Category Archives: Child Portraiture

5 Tips for a Relaxed Photoshoot with Children

5 Tips for a Relaxed Photoshoot with Children

You know you are going to get some terrific family images that you will treasure forever. You are also worried that your youngsters (or husband) are going to be a nightmare. Just keep relaxed yourself and all the rest of the family will be fine too.  So here are some quick tricks you can apply at any moment you feel a slightly stressed, not only at your photoshoot.

Count slowly down from 10.

As you count down, just breathe slowly and unwind your shoulders.

Deep breaths.

In through the nose, out through the mouth. Calm, slow, deep breathing is a well known relaxation technique.

Laugh and Giggle

If your infant is being a little monkey, then pick them up, give them a tickle and tell them in a happy way they are being a little monkey.

Be prepared to be silly.

Maybe both you and your kids need the tension breaking. A quick game of piggy back, or walking like a chicken, dancing, singing or spinning might be all it takes to go to the next level.

Don’t get cross.

Really, that is when it is all going to go wrong. We understand that children won’t always co-operate and we are happy to work round it. If they are not doing what we’ve asked, then we will change tack and shoot something around them.

2017 First Round Finalists

ANNOUNCEMENT

Our three finalists for the 2017 Child Portrait Awards (Mini-Models) have been announced by the national judges, and here they are! In no particular order yet, it’s Alby, Cianan, and Olivia.

On Feb 5th we’ll find out who is in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and each will win a studio prize of a fabulous Art Print! One of these three will go forward into the national competition with a chance of winning the BIG £1K prize!

The 2018 MINI-MODELS COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!

0-16 Yrs – Top prize is £1000, and runner up prizes. Entry is by way of a £10 donation to The Lullaby Trust. We have limited free sessions for this competition, if you are interested please click

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for full details.

If you know anyone who may be interested please tell them!

Baby Callen

It’s a cold snowy day here – so full marks to baby Callen’s mum and dad for venturing out in the bad weather to come to Dundonald and visit the studio.  We were rewarded with lots of lovely pictures and smiles, and a happy little boy who thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Callen

But when you ask Callen to sit up and smile for the camera, don’t be surprised if he makes himself comfortable and waves his feet in the air – just for fun!

© BobMcEvoy

New Year, New Gear!

It is 2018, and work has begun again after the Christmas break.  2017 was a whirlwind year, with studio appointments peaking to 50 portrait sessions and 10 commercial sessions in November. My New Year Resolution is to slow down, take life a lot easier, and get out into the streets more with a camera.

And there’s the point.  After Christmas I decided to invest in a new camera, and logically it should have been a Nikon D850, after all, I’ve been shooting with Nikons for around 30 years, my lens system is all Nikon, and the D850 is getting rave reviews.

But wandering around the streets with a huge Nikon DSLR,  and a lens to match, = it’s hardly unintrusive.  Some of my wedding photographer friends have been turning to mirrorless cameras.  I was sceptical at first, but I decided that before I’d buy my new Nikon I’d weigh up the pros and cons of buying a Fujifilm X-T2:  Continue reading New Year, New Gear!

2017 Mini-Models

Our 2017 Mini-Models Competition closed on 8th December, ane we are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners. There’ll be three great local prizes, and the 1st Prize-winner locally will go into the national competition to stand a chance of winning £1000!

2018 Competition opens in February – but BOOK NOW to get the best times. Go to https://bobmcevoy.co.uk/national-portrait-awards/cpa/ to find out more. Entry by £10 per child donation to the Lullaby Trust.

How long will it take?

I’m often asked by parents, ‘How long will my family photo session last?’ So here’s a handy guide to how much time to plan for your child’s session.

At Portraits2Go.co.uk you can pick between different shoot types.

Mini Session: 25 minutes. This session is fantastic if you simply want 2 or 3 images to record your offspring growing up. These work particularly well for older children who can follow directions easily. We craft some variations in the poses but we don’t change venues or outfits.

Standard Session: 60 minutes. Our most popular session by far is wonderful for younger children. The extra time also lets us capture some more creative photographs. We will shoot on various backgrounds. You will have at least one change of clothing as well. For younger children it lets them warm up and calm down.

Super Session: 120 minutes. For groups of three or more kids this gives every child plenty of time to be involved and photographed without them getting bored in between. We will be able to shoot them in groups and individually. We can have lots of poses and creative photographs too. You can usually manage several outfit changes if you wish.

Book appointments online here: https://directory.bookedin.com/portraits2gocouk