Mark your calendar… the 2020 26th Annual Cutest Kid Photo Contest runs:
February 25th – March 7th!
Q: What ages qualify?
A: Newborn to Grade 5! We have 4 different age categories based on year of birth:
Category A: born 2019-2020
Category B: born 2017-2018
Category C: born 2014-2016
Category D: born 2009-2013
Please note: our test models happened to be boys this year, but this contest is open to boys and girls.
Q: What does it cost to enter?
A: Entry is $9.95 plus tax per child, with $1 from every entry going to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation for the prenatal ward.
Q: Do I have to book an appointment?
A: No, this contest is on a drop in basis from 9:30-4:30. Please note that there will be times that are busier than others, so you may have to wait. If your child needs to go for a walk or you need to come back, your registration form will stay in the queue, and we will just keep checking if you are back. There are no photo sessions on Sunday as we are closed on Sundays.
Q: How long is the session?
A: Until we get some great photos of your child, so time will vary with each child. Note this is a contest and not a full studio portrait session.
Q: Will I be able to purchase a DVD with all of the images on it?
A:Yes, this is a popular choice. You will be able to purchase ALL of the printable images of your child on a DVD or the standard 4 images on a DVD. You will also be able to purchase prints and photo gift items at special pricing.
Q: Can I have my children’s photos taken together?
A: This is an individual contest, so each child is taken separately. We are more than happy to photograph your children together during a regular Portrait Studio session.
Q: What should my child wear?
A: Whatever they are COMFORTABLE in. We will get great photos whether they are dressed in regular clothes or a costume as long as your child is comfortable. An itchy uncomfortable outfit, will show in the portraits. Think nautical wear – jeans and t-shirts, shorts, khakis, red, navy, blue, yellow and white. One of our great sponsors, Monkey Business Kids Boutique in Maple Ridge has some great nautical wear outfits for kids. Check them out! We do have a few props available – all “nautical” related and child friendly. Feel free to bring your own props for your child. Your child must be dressed and ready to go when your turn is called. Please note that your child’s shoes need to be removed before they have their photo taken. Here is a pinterest board we created to give you a few ideas.
Q: How is this contest judged?
A: We have a panel of judges (usually at least 10+) who will judge the contest. Remember this is about more than the contest, it is a great way to get some gorgeous photos of your child. There are prizes for each age category and an overall winner for the Cute Kid that gets the most overall points.
Q: What are the prizes?
We have some great prizes from our kid friendly sponsors: Angelic Voices, Easy Daysies, Monkey Business Kids Boutique, The Village Toy Shop and of course from us, Photo Expressions. Each of these businesses are wonderful for kids!
Q: How are parents involved in the session?
A: If necessary, for your child’s safety and comfort, the photographer may ask you to be involved in the session. Please follow the photographer’s instruction as it is important to allow the photographer to work with each child independently, to capture their personality and expression. Our photographers are experts at what they do!
**Please note that Cell Phone photos and video are not allowed in the studio.**