• Prep Your Child for Her Close-Up: 11 Tips from Ace Photographers
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  • We always mark special moments with photos, which serve as wonderful keepsakes we can remember those times by. Nowadays though, with an abundance of talented photographers around, we don't even need a special occasion anymore to have our portraits taken. Especially for parents, every moment with our kids is worth a click, don't you agree?

    However, if you wish to have your child's photos taken by a professional, heed these tips from the Philippines' top photographers on how to make the most of the photo session: 

    1. "Give the photographer space to engage the kids, and let them have fun. This connection is very important; it will show in the photo. [You will know] if the kid s enjoyed the shoot when you see the final image." - Stanley Ong

    2. "Always shoot at the best time of the day for your kids. Make sure they get adequate sleep the night prior, and please do not be stressed on the day of the shoot, as this will affect their mood as well." - Sofia Genato of The Stork Studio

    3. "It would help to bring some of the things the kids love that we can incorporate in the shoot. It could be their favorite toys, books, or snacks. These will help keep them in a good mood and help the parents document what their children are into at the time the photos were taken." - Sheila Catilo

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    4. "There's a tendency to try to force things just to get a nice shot, but the kids could just end up looking elsewhere, or worse, frowning or throwing a tantrum. It's better to just let the kids be. It shows in the photos when the kids are happy and comfortable." - Louie Arcilla

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    5. "You need to talk to the kids beforehand and tell them how much fun the shoot is going to be. They can also practice through role play; one plays the photographer and another pretends to be the subject." - Pilar Tuason

    6. "Newborns should be bathed and fed well at least 30 minutes before the shoot. These things can help put them in a deep [slumber], making them easier to "mold" and pose. It's best to shoot babies after their nap--a sleepy baby is a cranky baby. For toddlers, gather the toys that get their attention the most. These can become really handy once their attention starts to wear off." - Marmie Wistehuff

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    7. "For newborn photography, parents need to pick and coordinate with the photographer of their choice before delivery. It is ideal for the (newborn) photography session to take place eight to 10 days after birth." - Ken Chua of Peas and Pods Photography

    8. "We strongly advise parents not to experiment on their baby with poses they see on the internet. Choose a legitimate baby photographer who has solid experience in handling babies and has high regard for safety." - Edilbert Corsame of Baby Love Studio

    9. "Mommy still knows best. It would be a big help for us if Mommy is present during the session. Kids, especially babies, are most comfortable when their mother is around. They can easily follow instructions when they are beside their mommies." - Brenda and Nica of iBaby Photography

    10. "Keep your entourage as small as possible so as not to distract the kids during a shoot. Also, make sure that your child has had enough rest before the shoot—and bring a lot of patience." - Mima Tan

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    11. "Make sure that the kids are in a good mood before the shoot. If you can practice with them using your own camera a few days or weeks before the shoot, that would help us as well." - Wilvin Ang of Luxe Photography

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