As a parent of an 8 year old and a 3 year old, they have both spent the first few years of their lives at nursery whilst I went to work. So many working parents need a childcare facility and whilst I have loved both of the nursery's my children have been to, I have always felt we were missing out on a huge part of their life. So when it's school/nursery photo time, I want a little snippet of their lives at nursery, I don't want to see a photo of my child on a white background, I want to see them doing what they enjoy, I want to see happy natural smiles, which lead me to the decision to offer Nursery photographs as part of my portfolio.
Firstly, I absolutely LOVE these sessions, I get to hang out with little people and play games, read stories and have fun whilst I capture their beautiful smiles. For me it's about being with them in an environment they feel safe it, it usually means they are happy to play along with me and I really do get the best little smiles.
What to expect:
I start the day by just hanging out with the kids, I need them to warm up to me being there. If I just turn up and start pointing a camera in their face, they don't like it. So we sit, chat and just hang out. The staff at the nursery usually introduce me and then we carry on.
I appreciate that parents want individual shots of their own kids, so I focus on one child at a time. I might spend 10-15 minutes with them, we might go outside, have a story or just play their favourite game. But my aim is to provide the parents with a selection of natural photographs which are then available to purchase.
As part of the session, I also provide the nursery with photos of their setting. These can be used for advertising, social media and whatever they choose.
Look at the smiles!!
What happens after the shoot?
So once I have finished for the day, the individual galleries are edited. It's important that we have the parents e-mail address so they can be sent their gallery directly. There is usually about 10 photos per child, but this can vary. (sometimes there are more and sometimes less - depending on how the child feels with me being there)
There are a variety of packages on offer for parents to purchase, (from £15) I want to make sure it's affordable for everyone.
For the nursery we offer the following:
10% of profits made from the session
50% discount to staffs children attending the session.
Nursery images to be used on nursery website/social media pages.
These session are offered all year round, Please contact me if you would like to discuss a nursery sessions .
Dr. Seuss — 'Children want the same things we want.To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.'