As the founder of Punky Doodle Bugs, I strive to capture children as they are. Forgoing forced smiles and poses; I embrace the natural smiles and expressions that your child gives. When you look at an image by Punky Doodle Bugs through the years, I want you to remember the experience of a custom photographer and the personal attention to you and your child’s needs. I want you to cherish the beauty and quality of the images and the memories of your child that will last a lifetime.
I hope that you find the below information helpful and informative as you begin your photographic journey with Punky Doodle Bugs. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or by email. I look forward to meeting you and your children and capturing them in this brief moment of childhood.
Session fees begin at just $70 and all session fees must be paid in full at the time of booking. Print prices start at just $5, Digital files are $30 per file.
When you first arrive at the studio, and introductions are made, I’d like to briefly touch base with you again on any ideas or vision you had for the session. Then the focus will turn to getting to know your child. I want them to be comfortable with me and, depending on their age, I may crack some jokes or act silly. In no time those genuine smiles will be shining and we can proceed with the session.
Please bring only those who are going to be photographed to the session, as well as refrain from bringing cameras or other recording devices to the session. While other children are not being photographed, please bring things to keep them entertained, such as a small puzzle, or a coloring book.
Getting to Know You
As a mother, I know my child can be shy around new people. I always respect children’s personal space and gently work on getting them to open up to me and my camera. First you’ll see me get down on their level and introduce myself. If they are old enough, I will ask them their name and ask them to pick out a special name for my camera. Kids love this!
For children around three or four and up, sometimes I ask for a bit of space while I am taking their portraits. Why? Often times a child feels the need to perform in front of a parent, and that often means un-natural smiles and expressions. I want to present to you images of your child that are natural and real and so I ask for space. Now, keep in mind I will let your child be our guide. If he or she starts to fuss, you will be quickly asked to come back until they are comfortable. I want you to be comfortable too! When I say “space” I usually mean a few feet, but always have your child and me in view.
Those are two words you will never hear me speak at your child’s session, and I would ask that you would refrain from using those words, or any similar words or phrasing, as well. Let me explain. I strive to get honest and natural expressions from your child. When a child is asked to ‘say cheese’, he or she will not give a natural smile, but rather they will be performing, and this will be apparent in the images. Please give me room to get on your child’s level, and you will soon see the natural expressions you know and love.
A full tummy helps keep babies and children happy and satisfied during their portrait session, but please be careful of what foods they eat before their session. Carrots and sweet potatoes are a sweet treat for baby, but can sometimes leave an orange tint on baby’s skin. This tint may not always be noticeable to the human eye, but the camera’s lens can pick up on such skin discoloration. Other foods such as spaghetti, lollipops and candy may also color the skin. Also, if you feed your baby lots of orange foods, their skin may give off an orange glow around the nose and mouth, but unlike food, this cannot be wiped away.
If your child has a cold, please be sure to wipe your child’s nose and mouth thoroughly, because again, the camera may pick up what eyes may not notice.
Feeling Under the Weather
If your child is sick or feeling under the weather, kindly call me to reschedule. I’m a mother myself, and I understand that sometimes children get sick. I want your child to enjoy the photo session, and a sick child may not feel like having his or her portraits taken. I would appreciate if you could call to reschedule as soon as it’s apparent he or she is ill. Thank you for your consideration on this matter.
No need to fret when your child gets a small boo-boo on his or her face days before the photo session. Minor re-touching is included in Punky Doodle Bug Photography’s print prices.
Safety is extremely important to me and while I take all precautions with my photographic equipment, please keep watch of your little ones around my lighting, backdrops, etc. I appreciate the playful nature that children possess; however, playing with my equipment is not permitted due to safety and cost reasons. Thank you!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with you!