Is photography in danger of becoming a disposable artform? Once upon a time, not so long ago, each photo corresponded to a section of the film inside the camera and you'd have to wait until the photos were developed before you knew how they'd turned out. Nowadays, with digital photography, the number of photos you take is usually only limited by the storage space on your phone. However, there's one type of professional photography that parents cherish and certainly won't dispose of, and this the kindy and school photos of their kids. Although the photo might be captured digitally, it results in an actual print (or prints) which will be lovingly attached to the fridge or put in a frame and admired for years to come as a testament to your child's early years of education. When it's photo day at your child's kindy, what are some of the ways you can help your child to take the best photo possible?
The Delights of Digital
The advent of digital photography is actually really helpful in terms of taking a great kindy photo. A professional kindy photographer is great at putting a young child at ease, even if the child is rather unsure about the whole situation. While the final photo will be printed, it will be captured digitally and can be assessed immediately, so the photographer has the opportunity to take multiple photos of your child, allowing the best one to become the final product.
Working Towards the Best Possible Photo
You'll want this final product to capture your child at their best, so there are a few things you might want to do to achieve this.
- If you plan to have your child's hair cut prior to the photograph, be sure to allow ample time for this to avoid a freshly cropped look. You might want to schedule a haircut about a week before photo day to allow the new look to settle.
- Your child's clothing should be chosen for both its comfort and style, so choose something that will be aesthetically pleasing but also comfortable for your child to wear all day. Something like a plain shirt is going to be absolutely fine.
- Ideally, the photo session will take place before lunch or snacks, but this isn't a given. When packing your child's food for the day, stick to food that can be eaten cleanly and that is unlikely to be spilled on their clothes.
- Food stuck in teeth also needs to be avoided, so you could even pack your child's toothbrush and toothpaste so that they can give their teeth a brush just before their photo session. Young children might not be able to take care of this themselves, so ask the kindy staff to supervise them.
You're going to love any photo of your child, but when it comes to a keepsake like a kindy photo, you're going to want the best photo possible.
For more information on how to prepare, contact a kindy photographer.