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Christmas Petite Client Guide

Thank you so much for booking your annual Christmas photos with Elle Chic Photography! Christmas Petite Sessions are the most joyful and fun photoshoots that I offer throughout the year.  I love seeing the joy on everyones faces as they enter the studio.   Petite Christmas Sessions are so perfect and stress free as they are fast and you get amazing images to share with all.
 

To help you get the best experience possible, I have created a Petite Christmas client guide to ensure we have a successful shoot.

How to

PREPARE

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Location – Plan ahead of time and use google maps to determine how long it may take to arrive at the studio. Also take into consideration any traffic that may affect travel time before your Christmas Petite Session.

Arrive on time –  Your assistance with arriving on time is so important for a successful day. When you arrive I will ask that you wait outside/in your car whilst other families are being photographed. 

Images & Setups – Christmas Petite Sessions run for 15 minutes maximum to provide you with the best 5 images.  There are tw0 setups - one for kids and one for families. Both are included in your session fee. Sometimes, sessions can be less than 20 minutes, don’t freak out, it’s less because you guys have been awesome and nailed every pose!  I will ensure you get various images of your children and family and provide you with a full gallery to select from.  

No mobiles –  During the session you are not permitted to take any pictures with your mobile phone while I am shooting.  It is a quick session and this will distract children and make them look away.  Do not stress, I will be providing you with professional images.   At the end of the session if we have time, you’re more than welcome to do a behind the scenes videos for social media

PARENTS

It is really important that you allow me to build a great connection with your children.  Please allow me to interact with your little one while I’m shooting before you get involved unless your child is upset. This way they’re not overwhelmed and I capture their innocence.

Should I require assistance through the kids setup, I will call you over to come and join me to try and get their attention to help get a gorgeous smile and giggle.  If and when I do this, please do not stand behind me as your baby will always be looking up in the photographs I take. You need to SIT right behind me (next to my camera).

There is no pressure on your children to perform at the session, natural shots are always best and I like to shoot in a fun, relaxed and easy manner so there is no pressure on them to be perfect or looking at the camera with big perfect smiles in every shot.  If you are wanting a full session, then please contact me direct for further information.

It is critical you supervise your children to ensure they don’t damage any props on the day.  Please note, I will be running over 20 sessions and there are a lot of families who would be left disappointed.

WHAT TO WEAR

  • It is always good to pick three coordinating colours that go well together and one of those colours being a neutral colour (eg red white denim). You don’t necessarily need to be all matching in identical outfits.  Mix it up a little with textures too but stick to your colour palette.

  • No logos if possible.  You want your images to be timeless.

  • Remember, if your children are comfortable in their clothes, then they will be relaxed and calm during the session.

  • As it is a 15 minute session we don’t have time for big outfit changes.  If you did want to change into a Christmas outfit or PJs for a shot, you can do this but please note that you eat into your 15 minutes so that is entirely up to you and your session.

  • Accessories – Please bring hats, headbands, etc to the studio. I will sanitize any girls headbands with sprays in between sessions should you wish to use the studio props.

TOP TIPS

  • Arrive early! This way you are not stressed and all relaxed.

  • Plan your children’s sleep / awake time for that day if your session is during there sleep time.

  • Feed your children before the session to ensure their full and happy. Arrive a little earlier and do this in the car if needed.  Feel free to bring anything as bribery.

  • No eating in studio.  Bring any supplies for your children to use after the session (snacks, treats, drinks, etc)

  • Clean your children’s faces (eyes, nose, mouth), it’s amazing what is always left behind. I have wipes in the studio for you to use too.

  • Fingernails, hair cleaned and cut.  I will not be editing special requests such as fixing chipped nail polish or frizzy hair during Xmas Minis.

  • Remove all hair ties or kids watches before the shoot to ensure no marks are there. Again I cannot edit out hair ties or watches.

  • Parents don’t forget about yourselves!!  Do your hair and make up before the session.

COVID

  • Elle Chic Photography takes health and safety seriously and of high importance.  I have a COVID safety plan and need all clients to respect the rules.

  • If you are unwell please let me know and we can reschedule the session.

  • If you have travelled into any hotspots or been in contact with anyone sick or recently travelled, please reschedule your session.

  • All shoes will be required to be taken off before entering the studio.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available and required to be used before entering and upon leaving the studio

  • Face masks are only required for adults not children and are available in the studio if needed. If you remove these, please place them in YOUR bag do not leave them lying around.

  • Bring your own hair accessories / hats, where possible

IF YOU MADE IT THIS FAR, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS. I CAN'T WAIT TO CAPTURE THESE MEMORIES FOR YOU.

JUST ONE MORE THING: HAVE FUN!