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Preparing for a Photoshoot

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Preparing for a Photoshoot

Photographs are a new way to communicate. For some, it’s to communicate their stories to the world, for others, it’s to share stories with posterity. The latter, is precisely what I do for a living. Your kids aren’t going to be this tiny for too long and you may as well make the most of these memories that they can cherish when they grow up. Remember mums, some of the best pictures we have today are the ones with our parents in them.So make sure, you are part of your li'l one's pictures, to help you visually tell stories of your unconditional love for them.

THE FIRST STEP

You could either capture those priceless moments yourself, or you can hire a professional photographer. This is kind-of obvious, but investing in a good photographer also means you get their creative direction, expertise, and professional photo editing. There are so many photographers out there today but you want to pick one by looking at their work extensively, and figuring out whose approach and style you like best.This is an important step to ensure both parties are happy with the end result.Once you’ve sorted a photographer and schedule, let your family members know in advance to build up the excitement.

SET THE MOOD

Get an idea of the kind of photoshoot you would like to do. Do you visualise this as something relaxed at home, to remind your kids of the place they grew up in, or a beautiful location outdoors? Pick a location that’s meaningful to your family — it could be a park in the neighbourhood you want to remember the session by, or the city’s skyline.

DRESS THE PART

What do your dream family portraits look like? Are they soft and elegant? If yes, then stick with light solid shades and soft flowy fabrics such as thick creams, very soft pastels, oatmeal, light shades of nude. Have your clothing chosen way in advance and make sure your outfit choices are comfortable and attractive. Remember to dress for the weather.You don’t want your kids upset in stuffy clothes during humidity. Another attire option is to get all fun and spunky.

Choosing bold accent colours such as maroon and green, greys and yellows or colours that complement each other will bring out a totally different vibe from your shoot. Colours matter, so if in doubt, run this past your photographer.

Another tip would be to wear some timeless accessories too. Mommies, get your hair and make up done. Taking the effort gives you the confidence and it really pays off in those images.

PICK A TIME

As David Ives said, ‘it’s all about the timing’. The best time to start your shoot is during your babies’ routine playtime, after they’re well-fed and rested and not during their nap time. Keeping in mind from a photography perspective, the best light is during sunset or an hour after sunrise, for outdoor shoots, so plan ahead with their schedules. If this doesn’t coincide with their timings, talk with your photographer. Essentially, a good photographer will be able to shoot at any time of the day. 

DON'T BE LATE!

Be at your shoot location on time. With kids in tow, there’s always a chance you can be late. So plan ahead and be there on time to make the most of the session. Being late and rushed will definitely show in your portraits.

'CHEESE AND CRACKERS'

This one's important — your photographer needs to gel with your family too. A good photographer will know how to interact with your kids and you, to bring out those gorgeous, natural smiles. Avoid staging too many shots with fake smiles, which look strained.

The idea is to bring out your true personalities on these images! Plan an activity to enjoy together as a family so there’s less stress about posing as well.

Dont forget to be comfortable. Keep your book of tricks handy on what your kids will enjoy, to elicit the right reactions.

Smother your kids with hugs, kisses and lots of love! After all, these will be memories for life.

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Naayra + Maya + Sameera + Ahaan

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Naayra + Maya + Sameera + Ahaan

How many of us look at our childhood pictures with our friends and cherish those memories. Capturing those moments is definitely important as and when our kids grow they would love to know who their childhood buddies were and with whom did they spend their time with. I had got to capture one such moments for these four tiny toddlers (Naayra, Maya,Sameera and Ahaan) from singapore along with their parents. Here is a glimpse from one of their fine evening spent together.

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Solai + Thilak's Maternity Portraits

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Solai + Thilak's Maternity Portraits

You feel so lucky as a photographer when your old client comes back to you for another shoot . Had done a family portrait session with this family from Singapore with their toddler an year ago or so. Now got a chance to do a Maternity family portrait session with them again. Feels so nice to be a part of the family and capture some lovely moments for them. Here's a glimpse from their portrait shoot shot in Singapore recently.

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Little A's Toddler Portraits!

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Little A's Toddler Portraits!

Here’s a glimpse of a Toddler shoot we shot recently at the client’s residence. Just doing her own little things, running around the house, little A was full of energy and enthusiasm. Take a look!

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Swathi's Outdoor Maternity Portrait

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Swathi's Outdoor Maternity Portrait

If you ever want to see a supermodel's maternity portrait, well, here's one :)!
 

Swathi and her husband came to Bangalore, all the way from Mysore for her Maternity Photoshoot. It goes without saying that she looked absolutely stunning in the portrait session. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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 Maternity session with pets!

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Maternity session with pets!

When mommy S emailed me for a shoot, she didn't mention her adorable pets at first. Only closer to the date did I know that she has two adorable shitzus. Now I don't have the same amount of experience with pets as I do with babies but little did I realise they're the same as little toddlers who want to be around their parents at most times. 

I very boldly suggested that we split the shoot with expecting mom + dad first, and then include her pets. And as most pet owners would already know, they refused to keep any distance. They would wander and find a comfortable spot in every frame of mine. All I had to do was adapt, get their attention too and voila! Every image was personalised beautifully :) What made this a whole lot easier was that this couple was extremely comfortable in front of the camera, making up for all the magic ingredients these image contain :)

As expected, every image had multiple subjects bringing so much life to them and of course, Love! The more shoots I do with pets, the more I want them in my frame. They're crazy, unpredictable and absolutely adorable just like my babies!!  

What excites me more is when her baby Boy is all grown up and is interacting with her pets - now that's gonna be a whole lotta love to deal with.

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The boys in da hood!

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The boys in da hood!

I reached out to Mommies C + A, having worked with them before, to lend me their babies for a shoot! They are babies no more, but walking, talking smart little toddlers who were my stars for the day. I just wanted to capture the innocent interactions between two  boys meeting for the second time (First time doesn't count cos they were one year old then). 

When the mommies met, each one picked up the other mom's child, so the boys disliked each other instantly. However, when we began the shoot, we kept placing them together in the same frame and slowly each one took the initiative to make peace. The images below are more than just heart-warming. Its adorable how they reacted to the various factors such location, plants around them, their outfits (which were coincidentally matching!!!!) and my call-outs. 

I'm always doing Model-calls for experimental shoots and if you want to lend me your baby for a day, pleaseeee drop us an email at ms@amritasamant.com with your mini's images. And pretty please, give us time to get back to you!

 

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Greshma + Shreyas's maternity shoot

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Greshma + Shreyas's maternity shoot

Greshma is a true natural in front of the camera! I really don't have much to say but to show you the gorgeous and fun images we spun out of their shoot. The two wouldn't stop giggling like romantic teenagers throughout which made the experience a little more special for them.

 

Shoot location: Cubbon park, Bangalore

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C + A's Maternity shoot

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C + A's Maternity shoot

I'm definitely going to be more than biased blogging about my two best friends and their little one that's almoostttt here!!

Keeping this real, simple and true to who they are, we did the shoot indoors in their cosy home, with their first child Waffle. Being artists, they were extremely comfortable posing albeit the posed images I convinced them to do. 
Indoor shoots have a certain charm that stays personal to you, your family and is timeless. Its beautiful to enter people's homes and capture them in their familiar surroundings that define their 'real' personality and comfort. And hey, put a baby or two in the frame and am sorted!

P.s. Cannot wait to see their tiny human anytime now! <3

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D+A's Maternity Portrait

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D+A's Maternity Portrait

I absolutely love it when couples come back to me for their shoots. Having covered their Seemandham (Traditional Baby Shower), I recently did their Maternity Portrait. The chemistry between them is so beautiful and effortless, making this session so much more interesting! And as you can see, Mommy here is a natural in front of the camera!

I can't wait to share their newborn session images that will follow soon on this blog!

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Annika's Newborn Session

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Annika's Newborn Session

Creating magic by just being.....

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2016

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2016

I hoped, I dreamt, I hustled and survived..great!

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