CHRISTMAS SESSIONS
PREPERATION GUIDE

I'm so excited that you are coming to Elizabeth Jenkins Photography to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year-Christmas! Christmas sessions are such JOYFUL and FUN photoshoots!

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


 

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HOW TO PREPARE

 

  • Location – The sessions will be held at the Palmerston Community Centre, 104A Ronaldsy Street in Palmerston. Palmerston is located in East Otago, located a short 40 minute drive from both Oamaru and Dunedin.
    There is a fenced in playground right beside that you are welcome to make use of before/after your session.
     

  • Your assistance with arriving on time is so important for a successful day. When you arrive I ask that you wait in the foyer or outside whilst other families are being photographed, purely as other clients get distracted.
     

  • If you are running late, please TEXT Lizzy on 0211897902 as I will not be able to answer any phone calls during a session but will check for any text messages between sessions. These sessions are booked back to back so arriving late will eat into your session time (e.g. 15 minutes late means your session will only be for 15 minutes, not thirty).
     

  • Prep the children  The week or two before your session, start bringing me up in conversation. You can refer to me as Lizzy Jenkins, Lizzy, or even just the photographer lady. Tell your kids about the magical photos that we will be able to send to Santa to show them how well behaved they have been this year. I am totally not above bribery. A fun ice cream date after our session is always a big hit (and there is a great ice cream parlor located in the main street of Palmerston!). Just make sure you let the kids know we're going to have fun! If they get worried about behaving perfectly then it will show in the images. I love being able to connect with your kids to get those fun images of them.
     

  • 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.  
     

  • As these sessions are booked back-to-back it doesn't allow for much wiggle room for our more sensitive little people to warm up. If your little one can be a bit shy in new places or with new people it may be easier for you to arrive with them already dressed and ready for the happiest results.


 

DURING THE SESSION

 

  • Your session will run for thirty minutes and it is important I don't go over this time as sessions are booked back-to-back.
     

  • The most natural images come when I am able 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, I will call you to come and join me on the floor 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).
     

  • Please don't bring any extra people with you to the session as it can be overwhelming having too many people watching and cause your little people to get distracted. It can also restricted my movement if too many people are behind me and not allow me to move about and capture the best angles. 
     

  • Please no mobiles phone/personal camera use –  During the session you are not permitted to take any pictures with your mobile phone or personal camera.  This can distract children and make them look away, but do not stress as 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 video for social media.
     

  • It is critical you supervise your children to ensure they don’t damage any props on the day.  Please note, I will be running numerous 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. 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.

Traditional Christmas colours work well, such as reds, greens, gold and white, but equally soft pinks and blues work stunningly on this years set up.

What to avoid:

  • giant logos: shirts that have giant logos on them can distract from your beautiful faces. Just say no.

  • neon colors: just say no to hot pink and lime green

  • matchy-matchy: matching outfits are super cute, I know, but they can also seem very redundant and very 1ate 90s. Having different colors, patterns, textures, etc is super important to create interest and diversity in your children's images.

 

I have a ever-growing and photogenic client wardrobe for children aged three months to ten years that will be available for you to make complimentary use of for your photoshoot. Please bring a back up option in case I don't have a item you had in mind for your child to wear or if it doesn't fit. ​Feel free to email hello@elizabethjenkinsphotography.com to enquire about specific items/sizes.

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

You can find lots of items at Kmart, Jamie Kay, Karibou Kids, Next


 

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AFTER THE SESSION

  • 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 little hands& faces. I have wipes available for you to use to to clean your little one's faces if needed.
     

  • Parents/Grandparents don’t forget about yourselves if you have booked the 'Family' add-on!