By Kate Bradley 11 June 2013, 8:47AM Francis | Child's Portrait | Kate Bradley

A lot of clients ask me what the ideal age is to have their children's portraits done. It varies with each child, but generally I recommend commissioning a charcoal portrait at 2 and an oil portrait between 4 and 6. That way you can capture their baby cuteness before they get to be grown children. And oils are great at 4, 5 and 6 because the child's features are more developed but they haven't outgrown childhood.

Yesterday I was speaking with a mom who wanted a portrait of her older daughter. I told her a great thing to do would be to have all her children's portraits done at the same time. That way she can mark a specific period in time and celebrate the relationships with all of her kids at once. I suggested she get the oil of her daughter and a charcoal of her son. And if she wanted an oil of her son later, she could get that too.

I developed a Legacy Collection to help parents celebrate each stage of their child's life. Because children change so much from year to year, a yearly portrait would help moms capture their changing faces and bodies and remember each precious age.

Are your children growing up quickly. Capture those fleeting moments by commissioning a portrait. Book your consultation with me today.

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