Allison Hope Photography: Blog en-us (C) Allison Hope Photography (Allison Hope Photography) Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:15:00 GMT Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:15:00 GMT Allison Hope Photography: Blog 86 120 Guest Blogger, Dan Barr - 5 tips to Introduce your Kids to Photography Our post today is compliments of guest blogger, Dan Barr.  You can find a link to his website below!


How to introduce photography to your kid – 5 essential tips

In today’s world, most of us constantly have a camera on us via our mobile phone. We can just point and click. This makes taking photographs very easy. In addition to that, kids learn technology very fast. That is why teaching photography to kids today is easy and fun. In addition to helping them pick a new hobby, you give them an opportunity to learn a new skill and get out of the house rather than being on mobile games or video games the whole day or even worse, stuck to the television.

Letting your child control the camera has a surprising side result too. We start seeing the world via their eyes which has a very innocent and fresh outlook.

Let’s get started on the top five essential tips to introduce your child to photography.

1. Give your child access to a camera

Your child will fall in love with photography faster if they feel a sense of ownership over the camera. Give them a used one or your current one or even show them how to use the camera on an old phone of yours. Teach them to use the various features of the camera.

Once you have given it to them, step back and let them start experimenting with the camera. If you don’t want them to use an old camera, you can give them a good, inexpensive camera which is good for kids. The child-proof cameras that are available today are made especially for kids i.e. they have smaller grips and buttons and they are built to withstand drops. It would be great for your kid to have a new camera that they know is only for them. This will help reduce your interference too and allow your child to explore the camera on their own. 

2. Teach the basics

When you start your kids on photography, it is important to teach them the basics. Some of the important points that you need to teach them is that they need to hold the camera steady so that they get an image in focus. One of the best ways to hold the camera steady is to use your body for support. You can demonstrate to them how to tuck their elbows against their body so that they can get support to hold the camera. They need to fill the frame with the subject of the image. They need to choose an angle to click the photo so that there background clutter is reduced as much as possible. Another important tip for a child is that they should always put the strap of the camera around their neck before they start to take photographs. A camera can easily fall from the hands of a child so this precaution is necessary.

3. Step back

Once your child has learnt the basics of photography and how they need to click photographs so that the camera is safe, the best thing that you can do for your child is to take a step back. Let them go out on their own and click the things that attract their eye. In the evening, they will come over with excitement in their eyes and show you what they have clicked. You can sit with them and make suggestions for each photo as to how they could have improved it. Make sure that you praise them for the photos which have been clicked well.

As parents, we are so used to protecting our children that we resist the need to let go and allow them to explore photography on their own. But unless they click photos on their own, they won’t be able to develop their own unique style.

4. Make clicking photographs easy and fun

As adults, we are used to advanced features and we try to explain that to our children. The problem is that when we complicate things, our children get disheartened and lose interest. The best thing you can do is just keep the camera on a point and click mode and let your child experiment with it.

Though you shouldn’t complicate things for your child when they use the camera, it doesn’t mean that you should make photography interesting by setting up challenges for them. You can ask them to click as many cars as they can or images of a certain color. Another interesting way to improve your child’s photography is to keep them as an official photographer for a family trip that you make. This allows them to capture your whole family having fun and will help them to create life-long memories. 

You can also try to have a contest between your children where they can capture the most colorful photos or the photo which has the most people in it, etc.

5. Make use of the photos

The best way to encourage your child to click photos is to use the photos actively. You can get mugs online with the photos that they have clicked and they can use it daily. You can also take prints of the photos and stick it on the refrigerator. Another great way to use their photos is to make them into cards and send them for festivals to your friends and family.


Introducing your child to photography is introducing them to a whole new world of colors and images. Many children turn their childhood hobby into a life-long passion and even their career.

A quick recap of the essential tips when you introduce your child to photography: You should get them a camera which they can use completely for themselves. You should teach them the basics and once you have taught them the basics, you should let go and allow them to explore photography on their own. You should make clicking photos exciting, fun and enjoyable by setting up small challenges and competitions and finally, it would be great and would give your child a tremendous sense of validation if you print and use the photos.

About the Author:
Dan Barr is a photographer, a parent to two girls, and the founder of, a blog which is all about teaching photography to kids and kids cameras. You can visit Dan at his website


(Allison Hope Photography) kids photography for kids Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:14:42 GMT
Clicks for Kids Mini Photo Camp

(Allison Hope Photography) camp kids photo camp Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:58:03 GMT
Tween Portrait Party School's Out for the Summer!

Tween Portrait Party

Wednesday, June 20th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm

at Allison Hope Photography

Ages 10-13

only $30

Party includes:

- Make up Lesson from Mary Kay consultant, Cindy Eskelinen

- optional wardrobe styling from Matilda Jane consultant Heidi Young

- mini photo shoot

- 2 Take Home 4x6 prints

- Goodie bag with specially priced portrait packages and digital file options, a discount coupon for booking a full tween session and special incentives from Mary Kay and Matilda Jane

Contact the studio to reserve your child's space.


(Allison Hope Photography) events party tween Fri, 25 May 2018 16:11:12 GMT
Easter Open House Easter Open House

March 31st

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

at Allison Hope Photography

81 Mont Vernon Rd. New Boston, NH


Please join us for an Easter Open House!

We will plan to have an egg hunt at 10:30 weather permitting and if there is dry ground available!

(Stay tuned & cross your fingers that the snow melts by then!)

Complimentary Portraits will be available!

Please bring a donation for the New Boston Food Pantry in exchange for a session fee. 

You will go home with a complimentary 4x6 but will have the option to purchase additional prints from our special portrait menu.


Since the purple playhouse did not follow us to the new location, we will have a new look for this year.

Refreshments will be available.

(Allison Hope Photography) easter events kids photographer Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:02:56 GMT
Tween Sessions 'Tween


2. Also, tween, tweeny. a youngster between 10 and 12 years of age,considered too old to be a child and too young to be a teenager.


A few facts about today's tweens...

  • Forty-eight percent of tweens said they've been bullied.
  • Half of girls ages 8 to 10 are unhappy with their size, while 40 percent of fourth graders have been on a diet before and more than half of girls ages 9 to 15 have exercised to lose weight.
  • Tweens care what adults think about them and imitate their behaviors.


Our special 'tween sessions aim to encourage healthy body image and self-esteem concepts to children in this transitional and influential time of their lives.  It is a great way to tell your child that they are cherished for who they are and that they are as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.  Not only is the final product, a portrait for your child to be proud of, the goal; but the experience of the portrait session itself, is one, that they will walk away from feeling extra special.  

For a limited time (while supplies last), your 'tween will receive a AHP Cherished t-shirt and a This is Me Girl's Journal with the purchase of a portrait session.  Available for children ages 10-12.  

Please contact the studio for more information about the sessions.


(Allison Hope Photography) tween portraits Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:46:49 GMT
Upon reaching that Lofty Goal I am thrilled to announce that I received a Master of Photography degree from Professional Photographer's of America (PPA) at the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA, held January 14-16, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

What is that you might ask?

Well, PPA awards this degree in recognition of superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession. 

A lot of time and energy, tears and excitement have gone into the earning of the degree.  I had many mentors along the way, nudging me along the path and helping me to push beyond my comfortable borders in order to strive for excellence in my craft.  

My friend, Jeff Dachowski, M.Photog.Cr., CPP was one of these mentors, and I was honored that he agreed to be my sponsor at the degree ceremony and walk with me on stage and hang the degree on my neck.  Here we are with PPA President, Rob Behm, M.Photog.Cr., CPP the night of the ceremony.

It feels validating to receive this accolade, but with any artist's craft, the journey does not end.  You have to constantly be honing your skills and reaching beyond.  I am on to the next thing.  I encourage you to set a goal for yourself and work towards it. 

yours truly,

Allison McGrail, Master Photographer


PS: Here is my 15 seconds on stage.  I made it across without tripping!

(Allison Hope Photography) announcements Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:18:35 GMT
New Year, New You!

(Allison Hope Photography) business portrait head shot special Thu, 04 Jan 2018 18:26:11 GMT
Valentine's Day Boudoir Special

(Allison Hope Photography) boudoir limited edition specials valentine's day Tue, 02 Jan 2018 22:24:10 GMT
Limited Edition Holiday Sessions Limited Edition Holiday Sessions

Nov 12-18

Limited 30 minute sessions are $75 and include a keepsake ornament!


Our set this year is is still a work in progress, but here is a sneak peak at our Christmas attic set.

This set would be perfect with darker toned formal ware or those holiday pajamas.

(Don't worry, we will be hiding the gray wires!)

From these sessions we can create beautiful custom designed holiday cards for you to send to friends and family.  

I constantly hear from clients how well their cards were received.  

Please visit THIS PAGE on our website for examples of year's past.

We will be working on a second set option as well in the studio.


Brand New Booking Online Option!  

Book Now



(Allison Hope Photography) children edition family holiday limited mini sessions special Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:06:02 GMT
Our Halloween Treat! Free Halloween Portraits

Tuesday, October 31st

3-5 pm 

at the studio

Bring your kids in costume before heading out to trick or treat!

Receive a free 4x6 print to take home.

No need to sign up, just stop by!

81 Mont Vernon Rd. New Boston

(Allison Hope Photography) chidlren events halloween Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:55:27 GMT
Clicks for Kids Fall Class

(Allison Hope Photography) class clicks for kids photography Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:47:02 GMT
Back to School Portraits Back to School Portraits

5 minutes portrait sessions 

ONLY available Monday, Sept 18th - Friday, Sept 22nd

There is NO session fee.

We will have a special price list available to order from. 

Packages start at $16.95 and are comparable to what your school photographer is offering.

Sessions are available for students in Kindergarten thru 11th grade.

Sessions will be done from our new location - 81 Mont Vernon Rd, so outdoor settings will vary from examples.

Contact the studio at 603.867.4970 or allison@allisonhopephotography to reserve your session

(Allison Hope Photography) events specials Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:04:42 GMT
Barre at the Studio

(Allison Hope Photography) Fri, 25 Aug 2017 20:04:51 GMT
AHP has moved!  

Big changes have been happening this summer for AHP! I have moved! But don't worry, I haven't gone far, just one mile down the road. I have moved the business out of my home into a 1600 square foot commercial space in New Boston that is surrounded by the library, the post office, the pizza place and my favorite, the river! I will have the space now to better accomindate my clients, host larger family sessions, as well as various classes and workshops. I am working hard at renovating the space to fall in line with my vision and I can't wait to share it with everyone. I am already working out of the new space, but plan to have a grand reopening event in late September. Also in September, I will be offering a Clicks for Kids class after school, a few Barre classes, and my ever popular Back to School portrait event. Keep a look out for more info to follow on these. Oh! And AHP is sporting a new logo for our fresh new look!

(Allison Hope Photography) announcements Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:46:00 GMT
Clicks for Kids Summer Camp

Early Bird Discount: $50 off if sign up before July 31st.

Sibling Discount: $50 off additional campers from the same family

(Allison Hope Photography) camp for kids photography summer Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:23:32 GMT
Easter Egg Hunt 2017 Easter Egg Hunt 2017

Saturday, April 15th

9:30 - 11:00

The hunt begins at 10:00.


Easter portraits by the playhouse will be available.

Each family will receive a social media file to share with family and friends!

Please bring a donation for the New Boston food pantry.

Coffee, tea, and treats for the kids! Come and enjoy spring with us!


This year we will also have Kat Kreatz, a local Matilda Jane consultant participating.  

She will have her trunk set up so you can check out all the adorable threads!  

A few special eggs will contain gift certificates and coupons to Allison Hope Photography and Matilda Jane.  

This event is weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, we will update the Facebook event page.

(Allison Hope Photography) Allison Easter Hope Photography egg events hunt nh photography spring Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:43:48 GMT
Easter Limited Edition Sessions Easter Limited Edition Sessions 

Available March 27th - April 2nd

Limited 20 minute sessions available in our exclusively designed Easter set.

Sessions are only $75.

All prints and products are a la carte.

These sessions are available for children only portraits. 

$15 from every session will be donated to the Nashua Giving Garden.


"The Giving Garden desires to share the best quality organic food we can in order to help those who find themselves in need of nutritious food."

The Giving Garden was started by the Nashua Church of Christ and grows fresh produce which is donated to local organizations including the soup kitchen, children's homes, shelters, and food banks and pantries.


Contact the studio at 603-867-4970 or to reserve your time. 

Payment due at time of booking.

(Allison Hope Photography) children easter edition events limited photography sessions Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:05:52 GMT
Valentine's Day Portraits Send your friends and family a little love this Valentine's Day!

Lil' Cupid Limited Edition Portraits


includes a 15 minute session and custom designed 25 cards

(flat double sided note card size with envelopes)

Sessions only available January 23-27.

Wardrobe and props pictured below provided by the studio.

Perfect for toddlers and small children.


Contact the studio for more information or to reserve your session.


(Allison Hope Photography) edition events limited valentine's day portraits Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:27:52 GMT
Lynch Creek Farm A few weeks ago I was approached by a Lynch Creek Farm in Washington state about collaborating with them.  

They create the most beautiful wreaths!  Check them out here.

They asked if I would use one of their wreaths in one of my sessions, and I said I would love to, of course.  What a fun idea! 

So I chose their Eastern wreath.  I loved the simplicity of it.  It came a few days later and it is one of the most beautiful wreaths I have seen!  It is made of white pine instead of the more traditional balsam and has Washington grown wheat and broad flat salal leaves incorporated into it.  

Here are a few images from the sessions I was able to incorporate the wreath into.




(Allison Hope Photography) Allison Hope Photography baby portraits christmas portraits fine art children photographer lynch creek farm newborn portraits Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:44:04 GMT
Limited Edition Holiday Sessions Limited Edition Holiday Sessions

November 11th, 12th & 13th

Limited 30 minute sessions are $75 and include a keepsake ornament!

We are working hard at creating and designing our sets for this year!

Here is a sneak peak!

Our outdoor set will feature a rustic hot chocolate stand against our red barn.

This set works well is classic holiday clothing, formal holiday winter ware or even those holiday pajamas!

Our indoor set will feature this beautiful winter wonderland background.

Think snow and sparkles but without the cold!  

This set works well with all white outfits and formal holiday ware.

From these sessions we can create beautiful custom designed holiday cards for you to send to friends and family.  

I constantly hear from clients how well their cards were received.  

Here are a few examples from years past

We will be collecting Toys for Tots again this year.  

With every unwrapped toy ($20 value) you bring in, receive a 5x7 print from your session ($35 value).


Contact the studio for booking today, as sessions are limited, you fee is due at time of booking.

  603-867-4970 or email 

(Allison Hope Photography) cards christmas edition holiday limited portraits Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:39:31 GMT