Many of you will know that this year, with slight trepidation, we launched out new 'Little Leavers' Service for pre schools......who could have ever realised it would prove so popular. This year we made the concious decision to offer the service to our existing clients only. I am really happy to say, out of those who recieved the option, most decided to give it a go and see how it was recieved by the parents.
Now we all know that most children love to dress up. After photographing my first set of leavers, it became very apparent that dressing up as Cinderella and Superman, is a far more appealing to kids that dress up in my gowns! How to tackle this dilema? Enter my helper 'Mr Dinosaur'
By my second nursery, I had decided on a different approach. With the permission of the nurseries, Mr Dino and I, armed with my dressing up box, headed to off to meet our models on their own classroom. It has been a fair few year since I have had to sit on a tiny chair with all the little pre schoolers sitting down on a mat....waiting to see what I was going to say.
Out of the box pops Mr Dinosaur, but my trusty friend has one this missing, he needs a name......and I have to say kids come up with the most odd names when put on the spot! Dr Dinosaur, Danny the Dinosaur, Rosie are but a few of them. My special helper then proudly shows off his very important clothes to his audience and tops it off by showing his very special stickers....BINGO! One willing audience. Graduation gowns and hats are now pretty cool. After waving goodbye and heading back to my camera, I can then wait for my little models to arrive ready for their photographs.
Most schools opted for the traditonal gowns, but a couple asked if I could also photograph the children in their school shirts....which worked out lovely!
The end of the school year has now passed, and it dawned on me that I hadn't shared any of the images that have now become a special little piece of future history for each family.
To all my Little Leavers, good luck in your new schools and thank you for being such super models accross the years.