Have you ever wondered what makes the “Fine Art” style so different and special? Take a look a the essential ingredients and prepare yourself for a photography session with a difference!
Although I’m the one adding most of the magic, you as a mum can contribute to the final result being absolutely stunning – here’s how.
1. OUTFITS ARE CRUCIAL
When it comes to Fine Art photography, clothes really are make or break.
Think vintage, think old school, think “whatever your grandma wore as a child”. Fine Art is lace, it’s frills, it’s transparency, it’s textures.
Start off by scouring your own wardrobe, as often you’ll find clothes which are perfect for your child’s photography session – yes, even if they’re oversized! We can work round that.
Charity shops can yield wonderful, unique gems of vintage clothing so go for a rummage and see what treasures you can find.
I can provide some clothes, fabrics, and scarves so we can get creative on the day, but if you have suitable things too, then great! Why not send me some pictures of what you have, and we can have a chat about whether they’re suitable?
There’s nothing more beautiful than a Fine Art photograph of a mother with her child, so if you’re going to be in the picture too – you owe it to your daughter! – do try to wear similar clothes to keep a cohesive style.
2. COLOUR THEME
Organic shades like nude, beige, cappucino, ivory, through to pink and lavender to darker purples and browns look fabulous in Fine Art photography.
Neons, bolds, and brights are NOT your friend here, so don’t go there. You want subtle, classic, and stylish on your walls … Photographs that you will love to gaze at for years to come, so keep it soft.
However, you do need to consider the colour of your walls, your general interior colour scheme, and the dominant colours in the rooms where you plan to hang your wall art. We’ll have a chat about your colour schemes before the session, as this can often influence how I edit your photographs.
Is there a specific colour you love? Let me know, and I’ll see what I can do!
With a colour scheme in mind, picking the right set of clothes and accessories will be much easier.
3. HAIR IS THE LIGHT CATCHER
Oh how I love children’s hair! The tiny curls, the ponytails, the plaits ..! I love working with plaits as they give us such variety in the photos – we can start with the hair all done up, then gradually undo it for all sorts of different looks.
Just bring your own comb, bun doughnut, and lots of hair grips, but your child is welcome to look through my selection of hairbands and artificial flowers. (The moment I open the box with them is always a “wow” moment!)
Hair plays a huge role in the styling and editing of your session, and I pay a LOT of attention to it because hair is a fantastic light catcher.
Children’s hair is usually very shiny, it should catch the light no matter what style it’s in or type of hair they have.
I generally try to change the hairstyles about twice in a one-hour session, but don’t worry, if your child isn’t keen on any hairdressing efforts, we can easily just leave it natural, the way it is.
4. ACCESSORIES FOR THE FINE ART LOOK
Sometimes the smallest little detail can dramatically change the whole look and feel of the picture, whether it’s something in your child’s hair like a scarf or a flower, or an object such as a book or a toy.
We can’t forget the “vintage” here, mind! So if it’s a book, make it an old one. If it’s a toy, a battered old teddy can add warmth and character to the overall picture. (Barbie dolls need to stay home!)
When we have our pre-shoot consultation, I’ll find out from you if there’s any specific item you’d like to include in your artwork. Do you have any of Grandma’s jewellery, perhaps? Or any other family heirlooms which will tell a story? Read here about how to add some meaning to the fine art photoshoot.
5. POSES AND FACES
I’ll gently guide your child through some poses during our session – you don’t need to worry, it’s very simple and straightforward. Occasionally I need a little help from parents to encourage the child to keep her hands where I put them while I take the photograph, but there’s no pressure. Hand placement and facial expressions are distinguished characteristics of the fine art style and I will be clear with what I want to achieve during our shoot.