LET CHILDREN BE CHILDREN
Humor plays a big role in capturing those quintessential images of children dressing up. Fitting a mature-looking outfit onto a small body can be a challenge and can provide for some hysterical moments. Any experienced wedding guest can attest that it’s not uncommon for the boy’s tuxedo to be a tough fit. Many photographs have been taken of suits that were pinned together or that had sleeves which were hemmed with rubber bands so they wouldn’t hang down to the floor.
There’s a balance to be met between dressing children in formal clothes and not covering up their innocence. That goes for hair and cosmetics as well. There’s nothing more disappointing than seeing a sweet little girl whose parents applied her makeup with a spatula. In an attempt to get the young ones more excited in the event at hand, some moms may unwisely go overboard on the rouge and mascara.
It is more conducive to good wedding photography to let children be children. If that means allowing them to change out of their clothing shortly after the ceremony, okay. No child is happy wearing those constrictive threads, so the sooner they can break free of their formal binds, the better chance they’ll have of really enjoying the wedding. And this also helps create wonderful photographic moments.
Dressing boys and girls up for the special event is a classic ingredient in a recipe of memories. It’s a tradition that does not grow old. And it’s important. Still, kids have their limits. If you can get them to keep their outfits on for most of the ceremony, you’re winning. Anything beyond that is pure gravy.
Just don’t get the gravy anywhere near that white tux.