Want to get 1st-notice of upcoming PB&J Sessions?These limited edition sessions are only available to our e-news subscribers appointments are on a First-Come, First-Serve basis.
Category Archives: Children’s Portraiture
When: Friday, June 24th + Saturday, June 25th
Times: By appointment only, 4-7 p.m. (view open time slots)
Price: $35 Session; Packages from $49!
Where: Downtown Denver: Historic Union Station
*Note: High School Seniors and Newborns are not eligible for this pb&j session
What is PB & J?
I also realize that, while everyone would love to create beautiful, high-end artwork with portraits every year, it’s not always in the budget or fits in with a busy family’s schedule.
So I created a separate division of Anissa Long Photography for my budget and time-constrained families called PB&J! Simplicity is what it’s all about, and here are the main points:
- Theme-based, pre-scheduled sessions at a designated outdoor or studio location
- Best-suited for one subject or focus (family-only, one child, pet, etc.)
- Sessions are 15 minutes in length and will offer 5-15 images to choose from
- Sessions are announced on our blog and Facebook page (so be sure to “Like” our page: http://www.facebook.com/AnissaLongPhotography)
- You can schedule and pay for your session fee online (first-come, first-served).
- Viewing and ordering is online, with simple packages and digital images to choose from.
Working a portrait display into your child’s room can be a simple task if you plan ahead just a bit.
How many times have you come home from a portrait order session and wondered where you will display all the new pictures you have just brought home? To avoid this dilemma in the future, just follow these guidelines when planning your next portrait session for your child:
1. Walk through your home and make a list of places where you would like to add a portrait of your child, along with how much space you have. You can even use your camera phone to snap a picture of the space to show your photographer during your planning meeting.
2. Take note of the size, style and color of frames that you like to use in each room. Also, note the color and decorating style of the room. Your photographer will use your decorating style to help determine the style and layout of your portrait display.
3. Babies and small children LOVE to look at images of themselves, so don’t be afraid to display portraits of the child in his room. Bring along decorative items or toys from his room to the portrait session. Not only will the items help tie the portrait display to the room, but years from now, when the original items have been packed up or given away, the memories will remain in the portrait display.
Here are a few of my favorites from a recent portrait session with Coltrane. You can see how his face lights up with his favorite things around him!
Using these 3 planning steps will help you be able to display your child’s portraits AND maintain your decor! Be sure to subscribe to the blog for more helpful tips!
Have you ever had a “nightmarish” photo studio experience with your child that made you vow, “Never Again!”
I have seen more than my share of frustrated moms (AND kids!), and hope that these tips will make the next photo studio experience a great one for everyone involved.
Here are the top 3 mistakes that can cause parents of small children to leave a photo studio experience pulling their hair out, and towing a screaming child:
Mistake #1 – You don’t take your child for portraits.
I know it sounds silly for parents who dote on every milestone in their children’s lives, but many people just don’t put professional portraits very high on their priority list. You know they are growing up too quickly, but you put off a professional photo studio experience for your child.
Solution: Schedule a portrait session for your child! Make it a goal to research a photographer and call them for an appointment before you go to bed tonight! The more your child is exposed to the photo studio experience, the more the child will know how to behave during the photo session. If you are able to consistently schedule with the same photographer, your child will become more comfortable with him or her, and the quality of expressions captured will show. Every child gets a free birthday session during his or her birthday month at our studio, which helps the kids know what to expect anytime they are in front of our lights and cameras.
Mistake #2 – Your child refuses to cooperate with the photographer despite you telling the child to “sit still,” “smile,” “hold hands in place,” etc.
Solution: Despite your good intentions to “help” the photographer, you may actually be making the situation worse by giving instructions to your child during the photo studio experience. Experienced child photographers are really great at playing games with your child, making funny faces and funny noises to encourage shy kids to come out of their shell. You will get the most natural expressions in your portraits, and encounter less resistance from your child, if you stay near, but let the photographer do the talking.
Mistake #3 – Your child cries and throws a fit during the entire photo studio experience.
Solution: Make sure that you meet the child’s most basic needs prior to your portrait session:
- Full tummy
- Well-rested just prior to the session
- Comfort items from home
- Not currently sick/ no immunizations for 2 weeks prior to your session
- Dry diaper, with plenty of extra diapers
Making sure that your child is physically comfortable will help the photographer’s communication with your child. Most child photography specialists have treats, toys, and other “tricks” to help your child snap out of a grumpy mood. However, if your child is inconsolable after about 10 minutes, you should ask to reschedule the session. Continued crying and tantrums will only frustrate you, and create a bad photo studio experience memory for your child.
Any of these 3 mistakes can create a negative photo studio experience for you AND your child, but if you follow the simple solutions above, you will end up with beautiful, timeless images of your family– without the stress and dread that can result if you neglect any of these factors.
Would you like to get your child on our birthday list for a free birthday session? Let us know and we will begin creating a regular, stress-free indoor or outdoor photo studio experience for your child!
I was so honored to be asked to photograph Landmark Academy‘s Band and Orchestra students last week for their Music Program Fall fundraiser. My own daughter, Kyra, is studying Cello this year, and I just LOVE this portait of her. She is doing amazingly well, considering that she is only 10.
Valued up to $125. Good during the entire month of your child’s birthday.
Keeping up with your children’s portraits before your child starts school can be challenging with your busy schedule– trust me, I know… I’m raising two girls and it seems there is never enough time. But they grow and change so quickly. You’ll never regret capturing the essence of their personality each year.
And even after after they start school, and have regular Fall and Spring school pictures- those can be awkward, rushed, and not a great reflection of who your child was at that age. I’m ashamed to say that I have several years’ worth of school pictures still in their original envelope, in a box in my basement, because I was totally uninspired to display them anywhere (but I had already paid for them… so what’s a mom to do)?
Simply call our Studio and mention this promotion, “Complimentary Birthday Portrait.” As a birthday gift to your child, the Session Creation fee is FREE. We will do our best to arrange an appointment that fits your busy schedule. That’s it!
Take advantage of this opportunity to capture your child’s personality and quickly-changing life!