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What to Expect at Your Photoshoot

A simple guide to help you prepare

About Sue Kennedy - your professional baby and child photographer

How to Prepare For Your Photography Session

I’m here to help you do just that, and guide you as to what works well to help you prepare for a successful photoshoot.

As a mother myself, I know how priceless those framed photos of my daughter are. And I want the same for you.

Your family’s story deserves to be documented and shared, so let’s get going …

My sessions are calm, and relaxed, and last as long as the children (or Dad does), so allow an hour, so we have time to settle children in. I will guide you through the process, but if you have any specific photo wants then please let me know.

The Photoshoot

I’ll cover specifics on what you need to bring with you on my ‘frequently asked questions‘ page, but I just want to address the elephant in the room – what if my baby/child does not cooperate?

The best advice I can give is to book a time slot, so we are not fighting sleep or food, and stay relaxed, then your baby/child will be too. I appreciate it’s a new experience for everyone, but go with the flow. Young children won’t take direction, but after photographing 500+ babies, children and families I know what works. Sometimes they don’t want to play along and that’s fine, there is always something else to try.

All photoshoot take place at my studio at Parndon Mill, Harlow, Essex, which has plenty of free parking. Directions here.

studio at Sue Kennedy Photography, Parndon Mill, Harlow
black and white portrait of a child

What to Wear

For families: select clothes that you feel comfortable in, avoid words or obvious logos & cartoon characters that will date your images quickly & distract from faces. Avoid bright white, black or stripes as those don’t photograph well. Ideally dress in complementary colours. You don’t all need to wear the same colour or style. Bear in mind that out shoot will be outside, so there may be mud around, and children have a knack for finding it! Accessories are good, so in the cooler months bring hats & scarfs.

For older children bring a maximum of 3 outfits, and only if your child loves being dressed and undressed, otherwise stick to one. Can be formal, cute, dress up or casual, but it must fit well.  By all means bring extras, but always start with your favourites.

For toddlers & older babies – bring a spare outfit, and I’ve put together some ideas for ‘What to wear – baby’s Photo session” on Pinterest.

Babies under 6 months old, I would generally just photograph in a nappy (with a cover: frilly knickers or shorts) or plain vest. Wear a plain top yourself, as some shots are of baby on your shoulder or in Dad’s hands.

Maternity, if you’re wondering what outfits to wear for your bump photoshoot. then I’ve curated this pinterest board ‘Maternity Photography Outfits‘ based on what I know works best in the studio, and what you probably already have in your new maternity wardrobe. From casual jeans & a white shirt to bump revealing dresses. For more info check out this inspiration guide.

White box – check out our styling and clothing guide for this fun photoshoot to personalise your white box photo session.

What Happens Next?

After your photoshoot we’ll schedule a time for you to come and view the results, usually for the following week.

I will select the very best images from our photoshoot and use my post production skills to create some beautiful portraits ready to show you cinematic style on the big screen.

young girls stood on park bench with her bear
living room scene with framed wall art
Wall art example room scene
nursery room scene with photography wall art

Displaying Your Photos

So the photoshoot is done, and we have a date in the diary for you to come and view. So now I would like to quickly go through the 5 different options that you have available to you.

We have a huge selection of products available and prices range from £895 down to £85 with everything in between.

  1. Wall art – Now the way these are priced is all down to size; basically you choose your size, and then the price remains the same for that size however its finished. You can have either traditional framing or frameless in the sense that the image is edge to edge on either canvas, board or metal. All the prices include everything ready to hang, and you have a choice of frames.
  2. Then we have gift frames, the smallest we do is 7×5 and we go up to 10×10. They’re great for gifts or if you are really close to them, next to your computer or on your bedside table. But they’ll probably get a bit lost on the wall.
  3. We then have unframed artwork, the largest we do is 10×8 inches, which is about A4 size.
  4. Then we also do albums.
  5. And finally digitals. This is the only artwork we do where you have copyright supplied on the USB, and you can print the artwork yourself up to 10×8 Inches, which is about a4 size. 

It’s up to you what you have when you come back, we’re not going to do any hard selling

But be prepared to love them all – what most people do is choose their favourites for the wall and have the rest as digitals.

Everything will be in your product guide, and I know it’s difficult to know until you actually see your own photographs, but I know you’ll be thrilled.

I promise that whatever you buy, you won’t regret it, it’s such a unique time that we have captured.

If you have any questions, just drop me a message via the contact form on my website

To make the most of your viewing and ordering session: bring your glasses, all the decision makers, and an idea of where in the home you’d like your images to live. Measure the space, so you know the correct size to order.

Timescales for Orders

Allow 4 weeks for receipt of your order. I will send you a text when they are ready to collect, and arrange a convenient time for collection from the studio.

The products I use have been selected for their longevity, and some like the frames and albums are hand crafted.

toddler girl smiling to camera

Next Steps ….

I'm here to capture your story as it unfolds

Here’s how we can work together

Maternity Photography

Beautiful pregnancy photography featuring you and your bump in a memorable maternity photo shoot ....

Newborn & Baby Photography

From a few days old to a cheeky adventurous toddler ...

Montage of young baby images by Sue Kennedy photography ltd.

Baby Club

Babies first year will go by in a flash, but together we will capture all those special developments and spread the cost.


Capturing childhood memories in a fun photo session ...


Capture all stages of childhood with a teen portrait photo shoot ...

Outdoor - Family or Children

Outdoor sessions are a great for a family or child photoshoot experience ....

Outdoor family photoshoot image

White Box

Fun sessions are a great photoshoot experience for fun-loving children ....

Do you want to see the full range of photoshoot options in one place?

Download our PDF Baby & Family Photography brochure below

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Sue Kennedy Photography Ltd
Parndon Mill
Essex CM20 2HP

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