If you have ever wondered what makes Fine Art style different and special you may want to take a look at the essential ingredients, and prepare yourself before the photo session.
I am so happy to know that you want to make some effort in order to achieve the best possible results and I promise that with a bit of preparation from your end we can create something amazing. A Fine Art portrait of your child, totally unique and beautiful. Most of the job is obviously on my side as I am the person who sets up lights, take photographs and add a bit of artistic edit at the end. But you as a mum can contribute to the final result as well. Please take a look how:
1. OUTFITS ARE CRUCIAL
When it comes to a Fine Art style you need to think about clothes as a crucial part of the final effect. They are very important.
I usually explain to mums, they need to think: vintage, old school, “whatever your grandma could wear when she was a child”. Fine Art loves laces and frills, transparency and textures. You should start hunting for clothes in your own wardrobe as most of the time you will find that your own clothes are perfect for your child’s session, even if they are obviously oversized. If you can’t find anything suitable, visit a charity shop. I promise that you will find a few gems and your total spend won’t exceed £20 (!).
I always bring my own clothes, fabrics and scarves so we can get creative on the day, but usually, my clients bring a whole suitcase of clothes and before the session, we can have a quick look through. You can also message me in advance, sending me pictures of what you have, if you are not sure if your outfits are suitable for Fine Art Photography. If you are going to be photographed together with your child (which I always encourage mums to) try to look similar to your children, or at least keep the same colour scheme (learn from number 2. below)
2. COLOUR THEME
There are colours which will always look great in Fine Art Images and they are any sort of organic shades: from nude tones, beige, cappuccino, ivory, through to pink and lavender up to darker purples and browns. (Now, hands up if your husband would recognize what “ivory” is). We can always experiment though as long as the colour isn’t neon or bright.
It’s worth thinking in advance about what you would like to do with your pictures afterwards. Fine art is meant to be printed off and framed. Remember I am about to take photographs which are going to be nearly like paintings. Before we start our session, you can have your influence on the colour theme.
Please think about the colour of your walls, your general interior colour scheme, perhaps your children’s rooms and what is the dominant colour over there. Sometimes my pictures are lighter, and when I edit them I go into peachy-pinky shades (as you can imagine little girls love that), sometimes I turn them more into silvery-white tones. We may go into darker colours though and your pictures are going to be more like plum and chocolate shades. If you love any specific colour and you believe your child would look great surrounded by greens or blues – please let me know and I will see what I can do.
With the colour scheme in mind, it should be easier for you to pick the right set of clothes and accessories.
3. HAIR IS THE LIGHT CATCHER
I love children’s hair! Tiny little curls, pony tails and plaits. They always play a huge role in the whole session’s styling and editing. I put a lot of attention to them because they simply catch the light. This is why curls and waves are probably the most photogenic types of hair! But don’t worry if your child does have completely straight or totally misbehaving hair. If they are shiny (and kid’s hair usually are) they will catch some light anyway. If you are talented enough to do some fancy plaits then yes! Go for it! I love working with plaits because they give us quite a few options for the whole photo shoot. We may start with the hair done and then gradually untangle to create different looks.
I always advise mums to bring their own comb, bun doughnut and lots of hair grips. Your child will be welcome to browse my selection of hairbands and artificial flowers (the moment I open the box with them is usually the “wow!” moment). We will try to change the hair about two times during our one-hour long session, but if your child is not keen on any hairdressing efforts, we may leave it natural, just the way they are.
4. ACCESSORIES TO FINISH THE FINE ART LOOK
Sometimes one little thing can change the whole meaning of the picture and this could be something to put on your child’s head, a scarf, flower, necklace or an object such as a book or a toy. Of course, we need to remember about the “vintage” rule here. So if it’s a book, it needs to be an old one, the same with the toy. Barbie doll won’t make the image amazing, but a very very old teddy can add a lot of warmth to the picture.
When I have a pre-shoot consultation with my client I usually ask if there is a specific item they would like to include in the photo shoot. If for example you have your grandma’s jewellery and you feel special about it why not bring it with you to preserve this unique item and tell the story through the picture.
5. POSES AND FACES
I will guide your child through the poses during our session, however, sometimes I may need your help with that. Some children (especially the younger ones) are a bit impatient and before I take a step back after moulding their little hands around their face they may come back to the natural state again.
In general, I will try to involve their hands in posing, so they may be asked to touch the chin or stick their hands together. Smiles are not necessary, or at least not all the time (read here!). Fine Art photography is quite distinguished. Your child may appear a bit more “mature” than usual, but this is one of the elements which makes this style different and unique.