TAIPEI PHOTOSHOOT SESSION GUIDE
The hub for everything needed for an awesome Taipei photoshoot for your Newborn, Cake Smash or Family photography session
What happens when, what to do & where to find me!
BEFORE, DURING & AFTER
Many clients wonder what they can expect during their session, I aim to make it as fun personal & carefree as possible, allowing you to enjoy the experience & treasure the images.
Before: We will have a chat & get to know each other, plan your goals for the session & i’ll listen to your ideas for your ideal portraits
During: I’ll advise you of roughly how long you can expect your session to take, there is never any rush & always plenty of time to keep you & your little ones comfy. Don’t worry about high spirits follow my lead & they’ll do great
After: a sprinkle of magic & around a week later you’ll head back to join me to view your images & place your order, you’re welcome to bring the grandparents – they always love to be involved! We will go over our initial chat and where you expect to hang your images & i’ll advise on the best collections for your needs. Payment will be due on the day & I will advise when your stunning custom art work will be ready to collect & hang. Boho Baby International is a luxury photography service & our products are imported from across the world, giving you access to teh most stunning products from the best artisan providers. This can take a little while, whilst everything is handmade to order. We think you’ll agree its worth the wait. We can also coordinate sending beautiful items direct to family where required.
Children do things in their own sweet time – and we wouldn’t have it any other way! On the day of the session we want everyone to enjoy the time together – there is always plenty of time for snacking or a little break for a drink, feel comfortable taking the time you need. I will ask you for help directing a younger child’s attention in the right direction as they often react best to those closest to them, however an older toddler or child will usually be more compliant to the unknown person in the equation – sit back and take in a magazine whilst I bring out their character.
When children are in front of the camera in an unfamiliar location with a new person, being the centre of attention can make them uncomfortable – making it take a little longer to get the perfect shot. We only use positive reinforcements & encouragement in the studio & ask you to stay calm & carefree even though it can be frustrating – I assure you I’ve seen it all before & a stressed coerced child does not happy photographs make.
Newborn sessions are especially longer allowing us to go at baby’s pace. Many parents worry that their baby won’t ‘behave’ hates being undressed or will go to the toilet on the props, believe me its a strange day at the office I’m not in the way of some wee or worse & I’m well used to calming small people.
WHAT TO WEAR AT YOUR TAIPEI PHOTOSHOOT
Ah the age old – what on earth do we wear?!
Everyone wears jeans & a white shirt thats ‘right’ isn’t it? In truth whilst its clean & simple its unlikely you all leave the house in washing powder advert white shirts and pressed denims on a daily basis!
Try to go for a look that is representative of you all & fits your personal style. Keep it co-ordinating but not matchy matchty – a great way is to pick a palette of three of four key colours and each choose outfits from there – here’s my great PINTEREST board with lots of ideas. This way everyone gets to be themselves and feel comfortable. Popular options are: Neutrals with a pop of mustard, Blues creams & greys, pop over to the ‘Meet Cass‘ page to see how I dressed our family for our Yangminshan Taipei Photoshoot.
Key things are: avoiding big prints, logos that will date your images & busy patterns. White outside is also particularly hard to work with.
Outfits are provided for baby’s cakesmash unless you have a specific party outfit to coordinate with our planned set.
For your newborn session parent images, tonal coloured plain tops with sleeves are ideal.
WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR TAIPEI PHOTOSHOOT
Handy items to have with your for any session
Juice or milk & a snack – small dry foods please
Wipes & Diapers/Nappies
Comfy clothes for baby to travel in
A couple of outfit options so we can style you perfectly (adults please arrive ready to go)
Any keepsakes or items you wish to include
Favourite toy or snuggly & pacifier/dummy
PREPARING FOR A NEWBORN SESSION
A newborn studio is a very warm place, please wear light layered clothing to be comfortable. If you have an older child attending for sibling shots it is best to have a second adult who can entertain them or even take them to play as they are done – its very hot and dull for a small busy person. Bringing toddlers in comfy clothes with a few toys & their outfit handy to change works well & keeps them relaxed.
Arrive with baby in an easy to remove sleep suit & please bring a blanket. Posed images are taken sleeping & it is important to keep baby alert before you travel – a bath can help.
Posing stimulates baby’s natural sucking reflexes & can make baby very hungry. Baby will eat more than usual during a session – if you are breast feeding please eat and drink well in the days before your session, if you are bottle feeding or mixed feeding please bring at least one extra feed compared to baby’s usual schedule. If baby has a dummy even if only infrequently please bring it with you. New & sealed dummies are kept in the studio just in case & may be used to help soothe baby if required.
PREPARING FOR A NEWBORN SESSION
I love to incorporate personal items & keepsakes into your images, please bring along any you would like to use – think gifted blankets, special teddies (on the smaller side is better) Have a look through the Facebook galleries for ideas & think where you will hang your images, we will have a chat about your preferred poses & colour schemes to help me plan your session.
Signature Newborn baby sessions are timed to fit in with baby’s feeding pattern (although all babies are different) If you could aim to feed baby on arrival this will have them as full & sleepy as possible, part feed before home & a top up at the studio works too.
Mini newborn sessions are much quicker, please feed baby full before leaving home & have feed ready to ‘top up & go’ on arrival.
Please be prepared to feed on demand during the session – baby will revert to fairly usual quickly in the day after the session. This helps settle baby into a deep sleep.
FINDING BOHO BABY INTERNATIONAL
As a Taipei Newborn Photographer & experienced parent, I understand the needs of a new family well. Join me in the relaxed surroundings of my home easily accessed from Shipai MRT or by car. A home setting allows me to care for your family and capture stunning portraits without the overwhelm of an industrial studio space which can be intimidating to little ones, no need to have your home guest ready either. Put your feet up in comfort whilst I take care of baby & charm your toddler into submission creating images you’ll adore for a lifetime.
Taipei photoshoot address:
498 Section 1 Donghua Street, Beitou, Taipei
You can contact me on: 0983 424 747
On arrival the guard will ring up & I will come & meet you.
Please pop me a text or Line (cassatbohobaby) if you will be more than 10 minutes late to your session. I understand how hard it is to get out of the door with small people! If I have not heard from you, after 30 minutes your session will be cancelled & rebooking with new fee required.