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What to bring on your first shoot

Soooo CONGRTULATIONS!!  Your child has been booked on a shoot! Thats an amazing thing and I'm really happy for you!

Melanie Sawyer, Child & Baby Wrangler www.Melaniesawyer.com

Here is a quick list of things to bring and what to do to help you on babies big day!

1. Arrive on time, take into allowance that parking isn't always easy to find so leave time for that

2. Do not bring other siblings if at all possible (twins are the exception). You need to be there for your child. It isn't suggested that you bring more than one helper. Studio holding rooms can be tight

3. Clean hair is vital

4. Some clients don't like earrings, although most will photoshop..but there are some who do not so if your baby has pieced ears, take them out at home so your baby does not get upset in the studio OR ask the producer/person who is signing you in if they should be removed as soon as you arrive

5. Clean and clipped nails on hands and feet help make your babies experience easier and make you look professional.. there is usually a hair and make up person on set and they will have to do it if not.

6. If there are any temporary tattoos..and I KNOW there are some awesome ones out there.., they will unfortunately have to be cleaned off unless your child is shooting winter clothes with long sleeves..  better to do it at home if it is a sensitive thing ok?

7. Don't worry about scratches on face/ knees and shins..make up will cover it!

8. Take a changing pad and extra diapers (plain as possible incase the clothes are see though so patterns do not show) as fresh diapers are needed for the photoshoot.. peepee diapers make clothes a bit baggy!! :)

9. Snacks and drinks for your child, they might not be available.. NOT skittles!! or a food that might possible stain tongues or hands or give them a big sugar high. 

10.Bringing your child in with hacking coughs, fevers, pink eye, colds or even chicken pox ( yes, that really happened) is going to contaminate all the other babies and not put you in the best of light. Notify your agency asap and they will deal with it ....A BIG THANK YOU for that one!!!!

Melanie Sawyer, Child & Baby Wrangler www.Melaniesawyer.com
If you are shooting on location, 

1. Sunblock (put on half an hour before you arrive so skin is not greasy) and umbrella incase you have to be outside

2. Towels or blankets

3. Bug spray if you need it

4. If your baby is small, a stroller for them to sit incase there isn't a place.. TRU/BRU does nice lightweight cheap ones for location.

5. Sweaters/coats and socks for windy locations

6. Food and drinks just incase

7. A small bag of toys or i pad to keep them happy in between shots

8. Hand warmers if you are in a cold location- they can be slipped into clothes :)

9. Extra batteries, location shoots might not have electricity for you to charge your cell or I Pads

10. Basic first aid kit, epi pens and ALWAYS be aware where your child is..locations are not set up for safety like studios are..

2 Comments to What to bring on your first shoot:

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antony on Thursday, July 13, 2017 2:33 AM
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anonymous on Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:20 PM
Good post and nice content
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