I guess you feel the mixture of excitement and fear right now?
You would love your child to have fine art portraits done because you know how gorgeous and photogenic they are, but at the same time, you are worried that this type of photography takes ages, and could potentially be a stressful experience?
Let me reassure you…you are not the only one! Most of my clients suffer from this, but trust me, we can sort it out before we even meet.
"Just had my second shoot with Jagoda. She was so patient and professional and managed to get some absolutely beautiful photos of my boys
which we will treasure forever. Highly recommend Blueberry Studio."
So, let me take you through each step of our journey:
BEFORE THE SHOOT
Ideas and inspirations, how to prepare and get the most of the shoot.
"Everything from start to finish exceeded my expectations"
I know that you are so busy!
You would love to get things done but with life on the way, it feels so hard to organize everything.
That’s why you can opt-in for a free consultationwhere we can discuss everything over the phone. It’s so good to talk live instead of emails and waiting for a response, don’t you think? So when I ring you I will be able to answer your questions straight away.
This is when you decide if I am the right photographer for you. If not, I will recommend you someone else. I strongly believe that we both need to feel the vibe between us. This is crucial and will guarantee the success of our photoshoot.
"Jagoda was wonderful in communication prior to the shoot.
She phoned at a mutually convenient time to go through outfit ideas
and answer any questions I had."
Once you pay thesession fee you will get a confirmation of your session date (and you can expect a reminder shortly before the day as well).
I will send you some materials you may find useful before the shoot. If you have smaller children I usually send a video message, to say “hello” to them, so they know my face before we meet and they get excited as well. That really helps during the session.
I put a lot of effort to make sure my clients are informed about every important detail of their session and feel as prepared and relaxed as possible.
"All information required was supplied prior to the shoot and sufficient time."
We will be in touch to share ideas and inspirations. Yes, send me some pictures of the outfits you love, brainstorm the colour theme, ask questions. It will pay off beautifully in the end.
At Blueberry Studio I will make sure you feel organized, reassured and stress-free from the minute you decide to book a shoot.
"An absolutely fantastic experience from start to finish.
Jagoda was so accommodating and very patient with all three children ....nothing was too much trouble for her."
NOW LET'S JUMP TO HOW THE FINE ART SESSION LOOKS LIKE!
DURING THE SHOOT
How to make it a fantastic experience, free from stress and an awkwardness. No matter how active or shy your child is – I know what to do!
If you are one of my typical clients, a mum of school-age children, you are probably worried that this type of photography takes ages, and could potentially be a stressful experience.
First of all, I would like to reassure you, this is completely normal to feel a bit anxious. Every mum would love their child to be perceived as a super patient-good behaving-angel, but we know that reality varies from time to time.
"Jagoda has photographed my children twice and both times she has been very professional yet very personable towards the children. Even when my son decided he didn't want his photograph taken any more, Jagoda didn't put any pressure on him, yet still managed to get some good shots of him."
I work in a professionally equipped photo studio provided with lights, backdrops and accessories. It’s got a comfy sofa to sit on, toilet and a free parking.
If your child is under 5 years old, I will make sure to keep them entertained and relaxed. I will also try to take the pictures as quickly as possible. Each photo shoot usually takes up to one hour but most toddlers are losing their patience after 20 minutes. We will need some snacks, perhaps a toy or little bribery in hand (again, that’s normal and yes I believe you that you don’t feed them with chocolate buttons on a daily basis).
I have been there many times and know various tricks to deal with those “special cases”. I can sing, dance or negotiate, depending on the circumstances.
"My daughter had a fabulous time. Jagoda was calm, patient, encouraging and worked with my child’s ideas, without ever being patronising. She remained professional throughout and my girl felt 100% comfortable."
Let’s talk about tweens now…
With older children (who aren’t really children anymore!) I often face confidence issues, you know, at a certain age they all feel “fat and ugly and not photogenic at all”, but again: my role is to show them that I’ve heard this million times before and there is nothing wrong with being a bit nervous at the beginning, just to flourish into “I am a supermodel” mode later.
What I have learned over the years is to treat each model very seriously. I allow them to have some impact on the session, I let them talk about themselves, suggest poses etc.
I make them feel important, beautiful and unique. And the best bit is seeing sparkles in their eyes later when they first see the results of our work.
A model and a photographer are two parts of the same mechanism, that’s why we need to listen to each other and tune in.
You may need to read this articlebeforehand to reassure yourself about the children and photographer’s cooperation;)
"Jagoda gave my daughter a lot of confidence. She loves showing her pictures off!"
Teenagers are usually quite clear about their style. These days they live on social media, following dozens of influencers, sharing pictures and creating new looks. And that’s wonderful! I want to give them a chance to show who they truly are but if their style isn’t quite fine art-friendly I may try to gently persuade them to experiment with what they wear and how they pose. I love proving them that trying new things can be positively surprising.
"My daughter was very shy and scared but Jagoda really put her at ease! In the end, she was smiling and she talked about "the nice lady" for ages afterwards."
What is going to happen next?
A few weeks after our photoshoot you are going to be invited to a very exciting meeting!
VIEWING AND ORDERING SESSION
Time to reveal the results of our work. You are going to see your edited pictures for the first time. How exciting!
After about 3 weeks you will be invited to a viewing session where I am going to show you all the edited images. You will be able to pick your favourites and order prints or wall art products. I will guide you through the framing options and help you to compare savings on various packages.