4 Tips for Preparing Venues for School Portraits

School portraits can be very stressful and overwhelming, unless you are able to prepare for them. While it can be impossible to be fully prepared, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind that will make the process less stressful. The more prepared you are, the more fun this entire process can actually be.

1. Location

You will want there to be an area that is going to be able to hold a lot of children at one time. You should also keep in mind that air circulation is going to be important. You do not want the area to become too hot or uncomfortable, as this will not make for good pictures. While you will have your own lighting that you will bring, you will need to try to find a place that has good lighting on its own. Look for these features as you are pinning down a specific location to have these pictures taken.

2. Lines

Keep in mind that all of these kids will need to go someplace as they are waiting to get their picture taken. Make sure that the equipment will allow for a line to form. Make sure that the line is able to be formed in an organized and reasonable way. You do not want a line that will have to go in between things and around equipment. This could cause confusion and frustration with the students. You want to make them as comfortable as possible so that they will be more likely to cooperate while getting their photographs taken. This means that the equipment will need to be in one far side of the room. Move it as far from the entrance as possible, as this is where the end of the line should be at.

3. Comfort

The most important thing to keep in mind is the comfort of those that you are taking pictures for. If the kids that you are shooting are unhappy or are uncomfortable--i.e. hot or cold--then they will more than likely not be very cooperative when you are taking their picture. The best way around this is to simply try to make the area as comfortable as you can. If it is during a particularly hot day, make sure that you have a fan nearby, but make sure that it is not on too strong. If a fan messes up hair, then this will create even bigger issues.

4. Accessories

A great way to keep the kids happy is to be mindful of them and their feelings. Have combs for them to use should they begin to feel self conscience. A mirror for them to look at before they sit down would do wonders for their comfort. If they would be able to get a quick glance at how they look, then this may help them to feel better about their pictures. Picture day can be a very stressful time for children if they are self conscience about whether or not their hair is laying right or if they have something stuck in their teeth. 

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