WHY SHOULD I BOOK A SITTER PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION?
Little ones – they’re something else. No, they really are! Aside from being irresistibly cute and having a favourite pastime of looking cheeky, they’re also incredibly fast learners, who with the help of school (and you of course), develop at 100mph.
Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but the average baby does grow about 1.5 – 2.5cm per month in the run-up to their 6-month birthday – the fastest growth spurt they’ll ever have! During this time they’ll learn to sit up, smile, crawl, laugh and even get vocal, so it’s no wonder sitter photography throws up some the cheekiest poses.
If you ask me sitter photography is must for two reasons. It’s perfect for capturing their character, and also great for making them blush in front of their future spouse 20 years later. Shhh… that can be our little secret.
WHAT HAPPENS ON A SITTER PHOTOSHOOT?
So much – believe me, that’s why all sitter photography is so different! Now your little one’s able to sit up, they’ll be keen to explore and their personality will no doubt be shining through.
Sitter shoots typically go one of two ways. They either involve a lot of movement, be it crawling, toy hugging or arm wafting. Or remain more more expression focused, so full of broad smiles and infectious giggles. Team this with my wide range of backgrounds as well as the wide variety of angles I’m able to achieve, and it’s not hard to see why no sitter photoshoot is the same.
*If you want to personalise your shoot even further, opting for custom outfits or props is always a good idea. Props especially, because they take your little one’s focus away from my lens and allow us to catch them candidly… arguably some of the best shots!
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SITTER PHOTOGRAPHY?
When you book sitter photography entirely depends on your baby. The average age of my sitters is around 9 months, but if your baby is a fast learner and can sit up at 6 months, don’t feel like you have to wait.
I work around you, so if your little tyke has a napping schedule, be sure that when you book, you don’t eat into it. The last thing either of us want is a yawning model! Saying that, if they do need a nap mid-shoot, I’ll be more than happy to grab a coffee.
Booking 12 weeks in advance is my usual advice, especially if you’re after a certain date or time. But that’s not to say that last minute bookings are impossible – in some cases they can fit in rather well. Only I wouldn’t rely on this being the case as I don’t like to disappoint.
*If you’re also considering a cake smash as well as sitter photography, I’d always advise you book these shoots in tandem.
SITTER PHOTOGRAPHY: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Is sitter photography done in a studio?
It depends. You see, sitter shoots are all about capturing your baby at their best, so if they’re not phased by a change of scenery, then yes, the studio it would be. However, if they’re a bit uncomfortable with new surroundings then I’d suggest doing the shoot at home. Outdoor sitter photography in the garden is a great way to spice this up!
During a sitter shoot, who’ll be handling my baby?
Me – providing it’s alright with you of course.
I’ve years of experience in handling babies, so it’s vital that you trust in me as your photographer. Rest assured when posing your little one I’ll always adopt the safest approach.
Is there anything I should bring to a sitter photography session?
Now you mention it, yes.
A great way to get the best out of baby is to at first get them comfortable. And nothing says comfortable like their number one toy, that snack they can’t seem get enough of and a copy of their favourite song. Mine’s Red Light Spells Danger by Billy Ocean if you’re interested.
Is a sitter photoshoot just a ‘me and my partner’ thing or can we bring family and friends?
It’s whatever you want it to be. If Grandma and Grandad would like to spectate that’s completely fine with me as long as it doesn’t intrude on my shooting space. This is also the same in the case of children, although I would ask for them to be supervised by an adult. Typically we do sibling shots in the last half an hour of the shoot, so this is probably the best time to bring them along.
Will the quality of my sitter photography suffer because my baby won’t stop crying?
No, not one bit.
However the speed at which you little one settles is likely to determine the length of the shoot. I can very often be a source of laughter myself so I wouldn’t worry about this.
When do babies roll over?
After your baby learns to lift it’s head, rolling over is the next step. The majority of babies can roll over at 6 months, although some can do it in just 4 – Impressive!
*Want your baby to be one of the 4-monthers? Encourage them to play on their tummy as well as laid down to increase their chances.
When should a baby sit up?
Soon after your baby learns to roll, he or she will be able to hold themselves up using their arms. For all you yoga fans, this should look remarkably similar to the Cobra position. By doing your baby’s upper body strength will build and pretty soon they’ll be able to sit up independently. Typically this happens anywhere between 6 and 9 months.
*One way you can help your little one to sit up fast is to limit their time in baby seats or a buggy.
When should babies crawl?
Just like with sitting up and rolling over, this will differ depending your baby, but usually crawling kicks in anywhere between 6-9 months, maybe even earlier if you’ve got a fast learner. While there’s a few variations of crawling, my favourite has to the commando crawl that some babies do where they drag themselves across the floor.
*An easy way to encourage your baby to crawl is place their favourite toy ever so slightly out of reach. Pretty sure that’ll get them moving.
How many sitter shots will I get?
Lots. On a typical shoot I can take a couple of hundred images. How many you receive depends on the package that you opt for, how many poses we try out and how picture friendly our model is.