Child Headshot Preparation

Updated: Oct 12, 2021

It is time to prepare for your child's upcoming headshot session! How exciting! Please review the tips and pointers below and let me know if you have any questions.

  • Ensure your child is well-fed, well-hydrated, and well-rested before the session. Avoid candy, soda, sugar before the shoot.

  • Talk to your child the upcoming shoot, about what the setting will be, what you expect of them, practice getting the “real smile” – by finding that phrase that truly makes them smile! Talk to them about having to stay in one position or one spot and being still. Practice this prior to your headshot session.

  • Plan to do something fun after your photo session as a reward. A promise to go to the playground, or go to the movies, or stop for an ice cream can be enough of a reward to help your child look forward to the session.

What to bring in your model bag

Your model bag is a small suitcase or duffel bag that you keep packed with the supplies that you should have available each and every time you attend a photo shoot.

  • Hair ties, brush, comb, headband, rubber bands, bobby pins

  • Wet wipes

  • Lotion

  • Clothing

  • Socks, tights, stocking (if needed)

  • Shoes

  • Safety pins, small sewing kit, clothes pins, clear nail polish

  • Dress shields or clear, non-scented deodorant

  • Snacks

  • Emergency items (Tylenol, antacid, tampons, razor, bandages, etc.)

What should my child wear?
  • Plan ahead - please choose your child’s outfits in advance. Clothes should be ironed, clean/stain-free, and hung on a hanger.

  • Bring layers, so you have a couple of different “looks”

  • If we are shooting outside in the winter, wear clothes that are warm enough so we can do the shoot without heavy winter jackets/ski jackets.

  • Clothes should be simple - the focus of the photos should be on your child.

  • Have smart casual clothes, and maybe a dressy option too, deepening on how many looks your child will be doing.

  • Bring extra clothing so we have a few items to choose between