“Never work with children or animals”. That’s what they say. But the majority of my photography work is with children, so I laugh in the face of adversity! Animals though, I’m not so sure. I’m not quite brave enough yet. I have no clue who ‘they’ are, but ‘they’ seem quite well versed on random, generic advice so I think I will agree with them on this one. However, I think ‘they’ missed something out. ‘They’ should have said “Never work with children, animals or glitter”! That’s the lesson I’m taking with me after my glittery photoshoot a few days ago. It sticks to everything, it hides from the hoover, it manages to travel miles and miles, and it even disguises itself as a tasty treat…
I’ll set the scene: a very excited 4 year old dressed in her favourite outfit, along with a few accessories specially chosen for her to be a princess for the day. The studio is set up with apparently easy-to-sweep backdrops, a golden chair fit for royalty, and a ton of glitter, sequins and sparkly stars. The excited 4 year old princess stands in place, ready for her glittery photos to be taken, and bam! She turns into the shyest girl ever to see a camera. Standard child reaction. No fear, I have a few tricks up my sleeve.
We sing some songs, tell some jokes, have a little dance around the studio, and we’re off. She’s smiling and laughing and having the time of her life! There’s glitter on her feet and in her hair, but most importantly a huge smile on her face. She’s happy, she feels special, she’s a glittery sparkly princess. And I’m smiling too – I just love a happy little customer!
Then enters Baby Princess. She’s 8 months old and cute as a button. A princess sitter session seems perfect! Her mummy is very excited to get some pretty, glittery photographs. Baby Princess is nonplussed by the glitter and stars at first, they feel slightly strange on her soft little feet and she can’t work out why she’s on the floor in the middle of it all. She is very excited by the huge mirror we have set up nearby though, even more so by her own reflection.
We have a play around on the floor and manage to capture some of those beautiful gummy smiles – aren’t they just the best?! This little princess was much more interested in the beaded necklace than the glitter – until she found the sequins. Apparently they look so delicious it is impossible to resist putting them in her mouth! After a quick retrieval I made an even quicker decision: Never Mix Babies and Glitter!
Although maybe I will laugh in the face of adversity some more, and get the glitter out again soon. Despite the sequin scare and the glittery mess that I’m still finding days after the photoshoot wrapped and the glitter was swept away, my little princesses and I had a lot of fun. And I would absolutely do it again. For little ones who love being girly it’s the perfect day; dressing up, singing, dancing and all that glitters. Being a princess for a day – what’s not to love?