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birthday portraits {Melody 4 years}

Birthday portraits| Village Gate Studio Session | Rochester, NY

Melody came to the studio for her fourth birthday portraits. Since she celebrates her birthday in March we always head inside to the studio since Rochester weather is so tempermental. For this session, I was able to rent studio space for the session! Maybe someday, I will have my own studio, but for now, I rent from a friend! Melody has been, in general, very challenging for sessions. But this time she LOVED being in front of the camera. For her other sessions she’s been more interested in running, playing, and being a kid than being in front of my camera and posing for me! (Who wouldn’t?! running is WAY more fun than posing. Melody’s other sessions have become more of a “lifestyle” session than posed sessions.)


Kid portraits, Rochester NY

The rag tie banner in the background was purchased from Stuff so Simple, and actually came in the mail about 20 minutes before I left for Melody’s photos so I was super psyched to use it!!

4 year portraits Rochester NY


Do you have any tips that you have about preparing your children for the session? What did you tell them, how did you get them to cooperate, what did you do or what would you have done differently?

Have patience. Having young kids do what you want is tough. I remember back to my daughters 2nd year photo shoot. She did not want to sit still for anything. However working with Snap in Time Photography is easier than working with a mall studio. You usually have a little more time to get that personal shot when at a studio you only have a certain amount of time. Make sure you bring lots of distractions especially for younger kids. Sing silly songs, make silly faces and do lots of silly things to get the kids to smile. My son loves the song BINGO so we sing that for most of his shoots.

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