What is the best time of day to photograph young children?

Children are normally better to work with in the morning. It helps when children and babies are fed, well rested and in good form. However, you know when they are at their best, so seek an appointment around this time. Don’t forget to bring some changes of clothes, food, diapers, bottles, etc….

Some tips about children

I’ve loads of experience of dealing with kids on photo shoots. The idea is to make the whole photo shoot experience fun. Try and schedule the appointment outside of nap and meal times. Always helpful are favourite toys, a musical instrument, costume etc.

For slightly older kids (4 to 6 year olds), it is important not to make a big fuss about the portrait shoot as when it comes to it, it usually has the opposite effect than the one you hoped for. The more relaxed about the whole thing you are, the better your children will be. If you are stressed in any way, your children will pick up on this and we may not get the best from them.

For older babies/toddlers, my experience has shown that during the shoot, it’s best that there is only one parent in the room. Please try not to say anything to children during their shoot, like “smile” or “don’t do that”, “say cheeeeesssse” etc. Just observe and allow me to work with them as once the child has been allowed to settle in their own time, he or she will eventually ‘work the camera’ allowing me to get natural shots and not forced cheesy smiles.

It should go without saying, but absolutely no food or treats during the shoot as this only leads to disaster!! And please please do not give sweets, sugary drinks etc to your children prior to the shoot…..!

When is a good time to photograph young babies?

The best time for young babies is from about 18/20 weeks old onwards when their neck muscles have gained enough strength to enable them to lift their head. The test here is to put them lying on their tummy and if they can lift their head off the ground and support it for a few moments – they are ready. This gives us more options to get a lovely shot.

What about props?

You may wish to use the things that express your or your children’s personality. For instance, musical instruments, a toy, sports equipment (football, surfboard), special mementos, etc….

What to wear?

There are no right and wrong answers to this, but below are listed some helpful hints when planning for your portrait:

If you would like a colour portrait try to think will the colours tone or clash? Strong colours can be very striking, whilst pastel colours work well on babies and small children.

Not advisable is, for example, everybody wears all black and one person wears all white in the same photograph! Unless you want the person in white to be the center of attention as the viewers eye will immediately be drawn to the white area of the photograph. Try to stick to the same tones, so all in black, or all in white, or all in whatever colour you like. The key word here is “all”.

Please make sure your clothes are new-ish, ironed and lint-free (fluff, dust, stray dog hairs etc). Avoid linen if possible.

The simpler the outfit the better. Try to avoid big patterns, checks, stripes, logos etc. as they are distracting to the eye and can ruin a photograph. Instead of admiring your wonderful portraits, everyone will be reading “Nike”, “fcuk”, you get the idea!

Classic clothes will not date as quickly as the latest fashion.

Long sleeves make for a more flattering portrait for both male and female adult subjects. Short sleeves will draw attention to your arms.


Follow the tips above but remember to coordinate everyone’s look; choose similar colours or patterns and, above all, styles. Try not to mix casual and formal. Quietly advise me of any special wishes, things to look out for etc.

If bringing a group of kids to the shoot, when I need your parental input I will tell you, until then trust me and let me dictate the pace. I have the experience and I love working with kids!

Barefoot or not?

Studio photos in which everyone is barefoot can have a relaxed, fresh, modern appeal. So that we can have as much flexibility as possible, please be prepared to take your shoes and socks off! However, I won’t force you if you’d rather not.

What happens after the photo shoot?

After the shoot I will spend time filtering through the best images and preforming whatever digital edits I deem are necessary to perfect each image. Your images are uploaded to a private gallery where you can view and share them with the whole world if you want to..!

Do you offer professional prints?

Yes. Printing your high resolution images from your typical high street photo lab is fine for small prints that will end up in a scrapbook. However, these labs are cheap for a reason. Using a proper professional printing laboratory dedicated to professional photographers only, I can have your prints produced on the highest quality paper using the highest quality inks by properly calibrated printers. What’s more, each print will be individually checked by a real human to ensure accurate colour reproduction. These prints look fantastic and will last a lifetime. 

Is the digital file of my photo/s print-ready?

Yes. Your photo are supplied as high resolution jpg digital files @300dpi. This file/photo is print-ready up to a maximum print size of 12×8* inches and you are free to use it as you wish.

*(Sorry – I do not supply digital files suitable for larger prints above 12×8 inches. If you attempt to print above this size, the printed photograph will be pixelated and unusable).

If I like other photos from the photo shoot, can I order additional photos?


What to expect during a studio shoot?

I work from a dedicated studio equipped with professional grade equipment for all aspects of lighting, backgrounds and image capture. Generally I will try different poses which sometimes involve different lighting set-ups and backgrounds/props. The aim here is to provide you with a good range of quality images. If there are young kids involved, this also gives them time to get used to the studio and of course the friendly photographer 🙂

What happens after the photo shoot?

After the shoot I will spend time filtering through the best images and performing whatever digital edits I deem are necessary to perfect each image. Your images are uploaded to a private gallery where you can view and share them with the whole world if you want to..!

Do you sell Gift Vouchers?

Yes, gift vouchers are available and can be posted to you or the recipient. Please contact me and let me know what you would like.

Do you produce personalised Thank You cards?

Yes. I can incorporate any of your images into a card. These cards can be used as a Thank You card following an event such as a wedding, christening, communion etc; Christmas card with your family portrait and a personalised message for example. The list is endless. Each card comes with a high quality white envelope. Minimum order is 50 cards.



All portraits are kept on file for 1 year to allow you to order professional prints at a later date.

Digital files from portrait and lifestyle shoots.  Digital files supplied are high resolution jpg’s @300dpi with an aspect ratio of 3:2. This file/photo is print-ready up to a MAXIMUM print size of 12×8 inches and you are free to use it as you wish. I DO NOT supply files sizes digitally above 12×8 inch. Larger sized printed photographs can be purchased from me separately if desired.

Once digital files have been released by David Duignan for download by the client (ie delivered), they cannot be changed, exchanged or refunded unless an error has been made in the processing or delivery of the said file or files.

The client accepts that when printing from any digital file, cropping may occur depending on the print type/shape they have chosen to print thus leading to a loss of some of the image when printed. Prints with an aspect ratio of 3:2 will result in no cropping.

Payment – Eur 50 deposit is required at the time of booking your portrait session. The remaining balance is required at the time of the session.

I accept Cash, Mastercard, Visa Debit & Bank transfer.


Important – Screen-printing, copying, scanning or reproducing images without the consent of David Duignan is illegal.



Under the Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000 the copyright of any photograph, image or works belongs to and remains with David J Duignan Photography. David J Duignan reserves the right to use any of the images captured at the shoot or event in all locations on the David J Duignan web site, portfolio, literature, display areas, exhibitions, competitions, advertising, videos or slide shows for David J Duignans promotional purposes. The Client shall grant David J Duignan permission to display any copyrighted images for promotional purposes without payment of any fee.