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Summer Photo Tips

August 3, 2017

What do you do about the heat when your child has a summer birthday and you want to get photos taken. We would not suggest skipping it because photo are important, to capture your child at any age is a treasure! Kristen wanted to make sure that she scheduled Lily’s 1 year session. At first she was thinking something during spring but with her busy schedule between the end of the school year and a nasty sickness passing around the house summer just looked like a better option. Of course it was going to be hot, but still not a reason to miss these photos. Lily wasn’t in a big smile mood but her soft sweet smile looked great. She fell in love with a hat earlier that morning, luckily it was one that went with her outfit! Even though we started early the temperature quickly rose higher. We wanted to give everyone a few tips for summer photo session in the heat in addition to finding the spots with the most shade, but you can leave that part up to us.
TIP #1: EARLY BIRD LATE BIRD
If possible set up your appointment earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. This has three great benefits, coolest part of the day, less crowded, you have the rest of the day to yourself! The lighting is great all day long but working to stay cool is the goal!
TIP #2: THAT HYDRATION!
Stay hydrated, and with cold water. Putting your water bottle in the freezer for 30min before you leave for the photography session is a great idea and opt for fresh fruit that will help hydrate you as a snack.
TIP #3: PRE-PHOTOSHOOT ACCLIMATION
If the day is particularly hot you can ‘practice’ by getting out in the heat (safely) in the weeks leading up to your photoshoot. Not only will this give you an idea of how hot it will really be, but your body will learn to adjust
TIP #4: PORTABLE FANS
Those small, cheap battery-operated fans? They actually work. I know it’s not much, but trust me, if it’s boiling hot outside, you’ll appreciate that simulated breeze you get from those fans! Of course you’ll need someone to fan you, but even between photos it will help.
TIP #5: CLOTHING AND HAIR CHOICES
Don’t dress for a fall photo outside during the summer. Undershirts help, you would think the extra layer would make you warmer, but it has the opposite effect, flowy skirts, breathable fabrics, sandals, bright colors, and layers that can be removed if need. Try not to carry around too many clothes in a bag with you, as the extra weight you carry will make you feel warmer as well. Keeping hair away from your neck is a huge help. Definitely consider that, because the heat will cause havoc with your hair.

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