3 Terrific Tips to Prepare for a Fantasy Photography Session

Would you want to transform into a forest nymph, an avenging superhero, or a family of great gods and goddesses?

Turn your whimsical dreams into reality through fantasy photography.

A Flash of Fancy

It does not matter whether it’s kids or kids-at-heart, fantasy photography is something that wonderfully brings people’s rich imagination to life. At the hands of a professional photographer, you can have amazing photos and have them altered so you can look like the fictional characters that you have always wanted to be.

With the aid of modern photographic software technology, your professionally shot photos or studio portraits can be converted into personalized fantasy scenes. Usually, children clamor for such pictures but there’s no hard and fast rule that adults cannot be transformed into mighty beings – even if it’s just in photos.

Playing pretend is one of the most loved activities of children, and fantasy photography is one way of making their fantastical imaginings come true. Parents, friends, and loved ones can surely join and make the pictorial session a bonding moment.

Whether the photos are to be used for special occasions like birthdays or simply to give in to flights of fancy, fantasy photographs are something to be enjoyed and treasured.

If you want to have a truly memorable and successful fantasy photography session, here are some top tips to remember:

1. Know what you want.

Before anything else, you need to first decide on how you want your photographs to turn out. If it’s your kids who want to have a whole portfolio of fantasy photographs, then you have to sit them down and ask what they envision themselves to be.

Some kids are dead set on what they want while others change their minds in a flash. You need to patiently explain that once they decide on something, then they have to commit to it so the shoot can go smoothly.

If you plan to join the pictorial, then make sure that everyone is in complete accord. Gather everyone who is joining the pictorial session and decide what your concept will be. It is important that everyone has unanimously agreed on the theme so the shoot can be an enjoyable moment together.

2. Choose a photographer.

When you have your concept down pat, then it is time to look for a professional photographer or studio that can effectively bring your fantasies to life. It is always a good idea to choose a professional photographer so you are assured of high quality photographs. At the same time, their experience and expertise can help you come up with poses that look best in the photos.

You can look up studios that specialize in fantasy photography on the Internet or ask around for recommendations from trusted family or friends. When you have checked out the photographer’s credentials and portfolio, make a shortlist of the best ones, and arrange to meet with them in person.

Meeting with the photographers on your list will help you decide on the best one. Not only will you be able to personally see their body of work, but you will also get a feel of how it is to work with them. Establishing rapport is a key ingredient in having a successful shoot. If you do not click right away, then it might not be a good idea to pursue working with them. Choose one that ticks all the buttons on your criteria list.

3. Finalize your plans.

Once you have discussed and ironed out the details with your photographer, it is time to finalize all the details for the shoot.

If you require costumes, then make sure that these are all available at least a week before the pictorial. This will give you enough time for fittings and adjustments if any. If your costumes are tailor-made, give the atelier clear instructions especially regarding the time and date that you will need the ensemble.

You might want to also have your hair and make-up professionally done for the shoot. You can either ask the artist to come to your home or you can schedule an appointment with your trusted salon. There are beauty salons that do not only give facials and hair treatments but also specialize in services like rainbow manicures and pedicures, mermaid and unicorn braids, or glitter hair extensions.

Have a Magical Shoot

When you have done your homework and finalized all the details for the pictorial, then all you need to do is to enjoy the session.

Make sure you and your brood have slept well before the day of the pictorial and have eaten a hearty meal. Tiny tummies need to be well-fed, so there’s a lesser chance for tantrums.

Most of all, just remember to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. Genuinely loving every moment will likely show in the photos, and this will be something to cherish for all the years to come.


Stefanie Descheemaecker is the Studio Manager at Stu Williamson Photography at The Palm Jumeirah - Fairmont Hotel in Dubai. She has been with the company for almost 3 years and is the driving force behind the success of the business. A keen amateur photographer, Stef combines her natural creative eye with strong business acumen to help Stu Williamson Photography become the most trusted and successful photography business in the UAE.