A friend of mine recently told me that when she was a little girl she used to count the number of photos of herself in her family’s home. Then she’d count how many there were of her brother. She wanted to make sure they were equally represented. That they were both loved and that it showed on her family’s walls, side tables, dressers.
One of my favorite things about my photography work is seeing the looks on my clients’ (and their children’s) faces when they see just how amazing and beautiful they look in photos.
As children grow and develop, the world around them influences how they internalize love, belonging, and self-esteem. As parents, we know that showing our love and acceptance to our children is integral to their growth as happy, healthy future adults, but did you know that seeing themselves in photos actually boosts their self-esteem as well?
Research has indicated that having family photos in your home can actually help your child feel more valued and even given them a deeper understanding of their heritage and place in the family unit.
Family Photos tell Your Family’s Story
Photographs are said to be worth a thousand words and those visuals tell a story—the story of your family and life together.
“When children grow up surrounded by photographs, it gives them a richer understanding of where they come from, which helps with confidence. Until recently, people often thought of photographs as almost trivial, but actually they are an incredibly important way of connecting with our sense of self, with each other and with times gone by,” says Professor Geoff Beattie, Dean of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester (UK) author of a 2009 study on the effect of family photos on children.
Seeing themself in photos enriches a child’s sense of identity
Photos in your home act as an implicit and distinct statement that family is important and that each member is equally important.
As human beings we assimilate objects of value into our subconscious definition of self-identity. Kids are like sponges, soaking in every family photo, every photo of themselves into the story that is their life.
Each family photo displayed in your home is a silent, “I love you.”
Printed photos vs. digital
Of course so many of us love to share images of our children online, but we can’t forget the value of printed images that not only set a tone of love and acceptance in the home, but provide the easiest way for your child to simply see themselves in pictures every day. Without having to turn on a device.
There’s a different level of engagement that happens when we engage more of our child’s sense of not just vision, but touch. There’s just something different about holding an photograph in your hand.
Dr. David Krauss, licensed psychologist who has been using client family photos in their therapy sessions since the 1970s, recommends placing family photos and photos of your children in their own bedrooms too, so they will be the first thing they see in the morning and one of the last before they shut their eyes at night.
A Parent’s role in bolstering your child’s self-esteem with photos
A fun activity suggested by Judy Weiser, licensed psychologist is to talk about your family photos with your children. Tell them about the people they might not know as well, or show them photos of themselves as babies, or even photos of parents and grandparents as children. Talk about how they belong and how much love you all have for each other despite your different lives, opinions, and generations.
If you’d like to read more a more in-depth article on this subject, visit Glow Imagery here.
A Photographer’s role in fostering your child’s self-esteem
“A photographer’s job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected. Kids get it on a really simple level,” says Dr. Krauss
It’s my mission to make your family photo session as fun as possible. I recommend that you get your kids involved in the process. In fact, I created a video with five ways you can help your kids prepare for their photography session.
And remember that friend of mine who used to count photos of herself when she was a child?
As a mother, she now makes sure she always has an equal number of photographs on display of her own children. ;)
Your Child's Self-Esteem
We know it can sometimes be stressful to prepare your kids for your family photography session, but I promise we’ll make it your best experience yet! I’ve compiled five of my favorite tricks and tips to help you get your kids ready for the big day.
If you’ve got about 3 minutes, I’ve got you covered. Watch now:
You can also read the summary of the video below.
#1. Make sure your kids know that the photo session is going to be fun! We promise we’ll make it great time for your family.
#2. Get your kids involved in picking out their outfits for your shoot. Select a couple of base colors and then give them a chance to find colors that go with them.
#3. Have your kids select a special object (a crazy hat, a toy, a book) to bring so they can feel more comfortable.
#4. Talk to your kids about who they might want to have a special picture with. We’ll put those shots together for you!
#5. Think of some fun games you can play during the shoot–maybe Red Rover? This can be great for capturing candid shots of your children’s personalities.
Bonus Tip: We want your kids to feel comfortable, even if that means getting to act a little crazy at times. It’s my job to manage the chaos, so don’t worry and have fun!
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It’s that time of year again where the weather begins to cool down (well, maybe not so much in Orange County). The kids are getting ready to start a new school year. We’ve been prepping for one of our favorite family portrait seasons: autumn.
Fall is a beautiful time of year to have a family photo session in Orange County, not only is the more neutral, earthy color palette a gorgeous backdrop for your family, but the cooler(ish) temperatures make accessorizing and layering even more fun and feasible.
Here are some children’s fashion trends to help you dress your little munchkins in fall fashion for their photography session.
Denim is In
Check out these cuties in their indigo:
Not just for dancing anymore, these adorable frilly skirts aren’t just fun to wear, they bring a playful beauty to your child’s photos:
Layers and accessories are a great way to add texture to your child’s fall portraits. Plus it really brings home the seasonal feel.
Classic Black with a Little Texture
If you want to keep your wardrobe low key, but still interesting, classic black with a touch of modern texture will really show fall colors and your child’s beautiful features. This sweet little girl looks stunning as she plays in the fall leaves.
Speaking of Classic
Traditional styles are always in fashion and give children’s photography a timeless look. Dress your children in varying shades of the same color palette to produce a family photo that is simultaneously interesting, yet focused on your children’s faces.
Layered, accessorized Boho is still in and especially fun for fall children’s portraits as it ties in to the feel of the season.
No matter what your adorable children wear for their family photo session in Orange County, we’ll help you choose the right themes and looks. We are honored to help you capture those precious fleeting years of childhood.
Photographing kids in Orange County can be fun and a little stressful. Here are some helpful hints to make sure your Orange County Family Photography session is the best it can possibly be. Here’s how to prepare kids for the best portrait session.
We understand that sometimes children can be unpredictable when it comes to photography sessions. Maybe they are nervous, anxious or just having an off day. It happens, and rest assured that we are able to handle just about any situation. However, there are things that you can do to help ensure a smooth and happy photography session for your child, so please read our suggestions below and apply them at your child’s Blue Sky’s Studio shoot.
1) If your child is at all shy, please be patient.
We give them as much time as they (not you or I) need to warm up to me and my camera. It is very rare that even the most apprehensive child doesn’t become my buddy after 20-30 minutes. Eager to please, many parents urge their child(ren) on, and this rarely ever helps. Please allow us to create a bond with your child at their pace. Giive us a little space with your child so they do not feel as though they have to “perform” for you with us.
2) Please do not answer for your child when we ask him or her a question.
We try to bond with them by getting them to talk to us. Often times, we will reach out to “test” your child(ren) to see how they will respond. Depending on their reaction (if they reach back to hold a hand/finger), we will know how to proceed. We like to take time to get to know your child and let them get used to us before we start shooting.
3) Please please please do not tell your child(ren) to “smile” or say “cheese.”
That’s our job. Besides, “cheese” or “smile” is almost always a fake or forced smile. We will get your child(ren) to smile by other measures that create real smiles such as goofy faces, funny stories, talking up their interests, etc…you know, kid stuff!! We’re great at kid stuff (we’re kids at heart)!
4) We encourage any ideas or props in your session, so have fun with it and get creative!
Many parents bring in 1-3 outfits and various accessories such as hats, scarves and jewelry. However, it’s important to keep in mind that changing multiple outfits on younger children usually changes their moods too. We recommend keeping it simple for the younger subjects. They grow up so fast!
5) Prioritize outfits and props!
Depending our your child’s age, they may not be able to stay happy and positive through an entire session. For toddlers, usually 45 minutes is the maximum amount of time that they will be able to be photographed. So, make sure you let us know the most important shots, and outfits so we get those done at the beginning of the session. That way, we make sure that if the session ends early, you still got the best shots that you will love an cherish for a lifetime.
Taking the time to prepare for your child’s photo shoot will not only make the experience enjoyable for you and your child, but will also help create an environment for amazing photographs for you to treasure forever. We are so excited to work with you!
The photos in this post are from one of our recent mother daughter beach photography sessions, in Laguna Beach. We decided, with input from her mom, to stick with two outfits and get lots of candid and interactive portraits. These will be cherished for a lifetime.