Picture Day is quickly approaching, and you're probably even more excited than your little one! To ensure you get a photos you can proudly frame and gift, it's important to avoid a few common mistakes.
Even caregivers with the best intentions make some critical errors on Picture Day. To help you avoid these mishaps, the experts at Lifetouch Preschool Portraits are here to help.
Mistake 1: Putting too much pressure on kids
When youngsters worry, they don't smile nicely. Keep kids relaxed and ready to be themselves. Smiles can look fake if they’re practiced ahead of time, and pressure from Mom and Dad can make Picture Day unnecessarily scary.
Mistake 2: Too many accessories
Accessories shouldn't overwhelm your child, but instead enhance their cuteness! Children look especially adorable in fun hats, vests and jackets. What's more, don't forget about their shoes — they will show in full-length poses.
Mistake 3: Slogans and logos on shirts
That catchy slogan catches the eye, which is not what you want in school portraits. After all, your child is the star of the photo, not their shirt. Always avoid slogans, logos and big patterns.
Mistake 4: Avoiding layers and textures
It's fine to dress your child in lace, ruffles, ribbons, etc. These can look adorable, particularly on preschoolers. Layers add dimension and provide great texture in a portrait.
Mistake 5: Matching sibling outfits
Tempted to get perfectly matching outfits for your two kids? When the lines blur between cute and corny, play it safe and coordinate (but don't match). Choose a color palette you love and coordinate both children's outfits.
Mistake 6: Thinking too hard about outfits
Short on time or just can't decide? Denim pants or skirts with plain, solid-colored shirts are a classic look that guarantees their portrait will stand the test of time.
Mistake 7: Skipping glasses
If your child wears glasses, it's a part of who they are. Don't take glasses off for photos. Lifetouch photographers know all the methods to reduce glare so you get a portrait that reflects their personality perfectly.
Mistake 8: Big, wild hair
Schedule haircuts a few weeks ahead of time to allow hair to grow back a little, or you can go for a fresh-cut look. As for hairstyles, pretty much anything works for Picture Day; just avoid an overly messy look.
Mistake 9: Not trusting the photographer
Lifetouch Preschool Portraits photographers are expertly trained to get the best photos from small kids. They have a few tricks up their sleeves to inspire shy smiles or settle rambunctious personalities. Trust them and you'll be happy with the results.
Mistake 10: Striving for perfection
That cowlick isn't going away. That shirt may get untucked. A missing tooth is only temporary. A school portrait is meant to capture your child just as they are right now. Plus, on Picture Day teachers and volunteers will help straighten collars, tuck shirts and check posture.
Want some expert photo tips for preschoolers? By avoiding these Picture Day mistakes, you'll end up with a portrait you're proud to frame.