In February I will be photographing model volunteers for my new “traditional child portrait” portfolio. This is a quick blog post for the parents, so they know what to expect. It’s in a Q&A format, so hopefully I have covered all the potential questions ..

What type of portraits are you aiming to create?

My main goal is to create timeless portraits that capture the child’s unique character and personality, but not in my usual “fun/high-key” manner, but rather with more serious, pensive expressions. It can be a bit moody or romantic…or it could be some surprise expressions that we could not have planned even if we tried. I will work with you to choose the best “story” for your child.

The portraits will be with darker backgrounds and very soft lighting. This style allows to show the features of the faces in their full beauty (with eyes fully open, rather then squinted, which happens when smiling/laughing)…There could be a hint of a smile, or some cheekiness, but overall we are looking to get a relaxed expression, so each feature of the face can be seen really well.

Here are a some examples of the expressions that I am looking to get:

Here is the link to the the gallery of Martin Leckie who I trained with in January. I find his work very inspiring, yet I am not looking to just copy his style, instead I aim to create something unique to me with this project.

Where will the photo session take place?

All sessions will take place in my home studio in Twyford. Details will be provided at the time of booking.

What do we need to bring?

Each portrait should tell a story, either a real one (reflecting something relevant to your child), or a “made-up” story, which will be done through clothes, props, etc.

I suggest to bring the following:

Girls: beautiful dresses (preferably with one soft colour and with lace), hats, head bands, shawls, traditional coats, etc…

Boys: vests, smart shirts, hats/caps, smart jackets, solid-coloured sweaters, etc….

Other general props are also allowed, like favourite cups, books, flowers, teddies…

Can we bring a pet to the session?

Yes, pets are allowed, and could create a very nice story. We would need to have a chat in advance if you are thinking of bringing a pet.

How long will the session last?

Please aim to have at least 30 minutes available for the session, it could last up to 45 minutes, definitely not longer than 1 hour.

How do we benefit from this experience?

I will do my very best to ensure that your child enjoys the session and feels very positive about their modelling experience.

You will receive a high resolution digital image of the best portrait from the session (chosen by the photographer), with full copyright and permission to produce unlimited copies of the image. The image will be e-mailed to you.

Can we take other style of photographs during the session?

The aim of this project is to create a very specific type of images. If we have achieved it in the first part of your session (say in 15-20 minutes) and there is still time left, I’ll be very happy to take some other photographs (in my usual fun and relaxed style, or in other styles of your choice).

Can we buy other photographs?

Yes, of course! If you are interested in looking at other photographs, you will be invited to a viewing session and you’ll get an opportunity to go through all the photographs from the session (just like regular clients of ABL Photography).

How will the photographs of my child be used?

The photographs will be used for marketing purposes only, mainly on ABL Photography’s website, Facebook page and Blog. Some of the images might be used for competitions.

Parents of each participant of this project will need to sign a Model Release Form, giving ABL Photography the right to use the images.

You images will never be sold to a 3rd party or used in any way that could be inappropriate. Your child’s name will not be mentioned anywhere. Everything that will be posted on-line will be in low resolution, with a watermark and copyright information stored in the image, so all images will be fully protected.