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What to Know for Your Children's Portrait Session

Updated: Dec 7, 2021

When I had my children, I wanted to document and cherish every possible moment with them, and now I want to help you do the same! Whether you’re documenting milestones, birthdays, special occasions, or just looking to start an annual tradition, children’s portrait sessions are a wonderful way to capture all of those precious family moments!

I’ve compiled all of my most frequently asked questions below so you can book your children’s portrait session with confidence. Keep reading to learn more!

What is a Child Portrait Session?

A child portrait session is a photo session for your child celebrating a birthday or milestone. Photo session ideas include a cake smash, themed birthday photoshoot, annual sibling photos to document their growth, photos for school continuation/graduation, and so much more! Children’s portraits are a great way to document continued life milestones and capture these precious moments forever!

Do you have another idea of a child portrait session you’d like to discuss scheduling? Contact me! I’d love to hear about it and help you bring it to life.

When Should I Schedule My Child’s Portrait Photo Session?

Children’s portrait sessions can be scheduled anytime and scheduling is easy! Simply fill out this form and you’ll be contacted for additional details about your desired location, aesthetic, and timing for your child’s portrait session.

What Should My Child Wear to Their Portrait Session?

This will depend on the kind of session you’re wanting for your child. Part of my booking process includes going into the details of what you’d like for your photoshoot, at which point I can give you some ideas for outfits, recommend color palettes, and give you the skinny on what props and backdrops I have available (hint: I have A LOT of wonderful props and backdrops for my clients to use!)

Things to think about when planning your child’s outfits:

  • Do the colors go well together? Try to select a few colors that coordinate, but no more than about 3-4 colors.

  • Are there any patterns on your child’s clothing? If so, be sure to have an idea of what colors are in the pattern so we can plan your backdrop and props accordingly!

  • What backdrop will you have? Be sure your outfits don’t clash too much with your backdrop and any props you plan on using. For example, if you have a baby pink backdrop, a lime green shirt likely won’t be the best choice!

How Long Will My Child’s Portrait Photo Session Take?

The length of your children’s photo session will depend on the package you choose, the number of outfit changes you plan for your child, and how your child or children are doing! Child portrait sessions typically take about 1 hour to complete. I can give you a better estimate once I have more details about your session!

Where Will My Child’s Portrait Session Take Place?

The majority of my child portrait sessions take place in my beautiful home photography studio in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The use of my studio guarantees no fighting with the weather and use of my extensive collection of props and backdrops. If studio portraits aren’t what you were looking for, don’t worry! I also regularly photograph children and families around Colorado Springs in some of my favorite outdoor locations.

A few of my favorite photography locations around Colorado Springs Include:

  • Garden of the Gods

  • Bear Creek Park

  • Ute Valley Park

  • Monument Valley Park

I’m also open to discussing other locations if you have a specific location in mind! Just let me know this at the time of your booking so we can plan ahead.

Should We Bring Anything to Our Child’s Portrait Session?

You don’t need to bring anything other than your lovely kiddo(s), their outfit(s), and any meaningful props that you’d like to include. If you’re planning to have a cake smash, for example, you will need to provide your own cake and any coordinating decorations that you’d like included in the photos.

I’m Not Sure If My Child Will Sit Still... Will You Still Be Able to Get Good Photos?

You bet I will! I specialize in being able to catch those special “in-between” moments as well as the more posed shots. I can help your child feel comfortable and pose for their photos, but I’m also well-equipped to capture the candid moments so you’ll end up with a great variety of photos to choose from. I have over 10 years of experience working with children, so you can trust that you’re in good hands!

How and When Will My Photos Be Delivered?

You will receive a digital album of your photo proofs within 24 hours of your session. Once you receive the proofs, you will select your favorite photos to be edited, and once your selections are made I will get to work editing them to perfection for you! You will receive final edits of your selected photos as soon as they’re finished--this usually takes 5-7 business days.

Do You Offer Photo Prints and Albums For Purchase?

Yes! I recommend using my print lab for your photo prints and albums as not every print service is created equal. I stand behind the quality and color matching you’ll get with my print lab, and I know you’ll be thrilled with the quality of your images and albums.

I will provide information upon delivery of your digital album as to how you can order prints and albums of your child portraits!

How Can I Use My Photos?

Your child’s portraits are for you to use however you’d like! Share them with family and friends, share them on social media, order prints, canvases, & albums, and most importantly, cherish them forever!

More Questions? Contact me!

You can reach me at or 719-602-9988 with additional questions and I’ll be happy to answer them for you!

Interested In Booking A Child Portrait Session With Me?

I look forward to helping you capture these precious moments now so you can cherish them forever!


Did You Know I Offer Family Photo Sessions As Well?

Let's capture your family's special moments together!


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