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You have booked your shoot! Here is a little information about what you can expect.
I photograph your family as you are naturally – taking gorgeous portraits of you and your children either at your home or at an outdoor location mutually agreed - wherever you feel comfortable. I'm very flexible and we can work out a time that suits your family’s routine best.
My philosophy is all about capturing real human emotion and spirit with ‘no fuss’ so I shall not be bringing elaborate costumes or props to my shoots! If your children have any favourite toys or comforters though, do feel free to bring them along. Have a look at my ‘Family Portraits’ gallery for example portraits.
A family shoot usually takes around an hour but I'm happy to take as long as we need to fit in snack and comfort breaks when necessary. Your package includes a pre-shoot consultation and there is no limit on the amount of images you will receive. I will provide all of the best shots, individually edited, on your personal gallery. Expect to receive 30+. You can then choose your favourites and order as prints or digital files directly from your personal gallery store. My turnaround time is about 2 weeks.
I love photographing children of all ages and consider it part of a ‘family' shoot session to include photos of all of the members of the family - sibling and individual shots -as well as individual shots of mum and dad with the children.
There will be a bit of gentle posing involved but I find the best shots are often unplanned so I will spend some time observing and capturing members of the family doing what they are doing naturally in their home environment or walking around and playing at our chosen location. For me, it’s all about impromptu eye contact and pictures that tell a story.
What to wear?
Neutrals such as cream, taupe, grey, black, etc. generally photograph best, so I recommend simple, classic outfits for your family that complement each other. Go with a style you are comfortable with and that is “you”, but also keep in mind not wanting to overshadow the baby with too many prints and bright colours. (Bright colours also cause colour casts that are sometimes difficult to remove during editing). Logos, characters, slogans, pictures, etc. on clothing should be avoided because they distract from your family’s lovely faces. For men (and often for women too), long trousers generally photograph better than shorts. Try to choose clothes that flatter your body type for the best results. Clothes should also be comfortable and easy to move around in so that your lifestyle images will look natural and reflect your true personalities.
What if my children are fussy?
Please don’t worry – we can stop for snacks or breaks as often as needed. Try not to get flustered or anxious if the kids become fussy at some point during the shoot. As a mum and step-mum of four, I’m very familiar with babies, children and how they operate!