The Pre-Session Warm Up!
I just wanted to take a moment to discuss the importance of the pre-session warm-up. What is it, you might ask? It is the photographer-children interaction that occurs before we begin the session. It's always suggested that you arrive a little bit early for your session, maybe 15 to 20 minutes so that we have some time to get to know each other.
With young children, they might be scared to interact with someone they have never met before. Our goal is to showcase your child's distinct personality, so we need to ensure he or she is comfortable with us and with the environment.
If we were to just throw them into the middle of the session and there's this stranger with a camera jumping around trying to get them to look and smile, your child is going to tense up and there may even be confusing. We really just want everything to run smoothly.
If you can arrive early, this will give me time to introduce myself to your child and to try to get a vibe on how the session will go. Some children warm up right away, while others need the entire time warm-up time to start to feel comfortable and come out of their shells. And that's OK.
After I introduce myself, I will try to get to know your child. I'll ask him questions about what he/she likes, what they don't like, maybe play a game, etc. Just to break the ice a little, so by the time the session starts, your child is happy and more familiar with me. Making sure you're there early enough to have this time is probably one of the most important tips I can give you for your child's session.
Once we've done a session and your child realizes that I'm not scary and we have fun together, the next session shouldn't need much warm-up time at all, if any. But for the very first session together, it is a must.