What should I expect during my session?
It's perfectly normal if you feel a bit nervous before your session. Maybe it's your first time in front of the camera, or you aren't feeling super confident on the day, or maybe you're worried about how your kids will behave. I've experienced all of these first-hand so please trust me when I say "I've got you." Here's a little run-down of a typical family shoot to help put your mind at ease...
We'll meet on location at the agreed time and I'll spend a few minutes getting to know you. Sometimes we'll have to walk a little distance to the exact location, but it won't be anything too hard for little kids. I'll take a few test shots and move you into a standing or sitting position (I always aim to get the portrait-style, smiling-at-the-camera shots done first, if you want this type of shot included).
Depending on your session, we'll shoot for between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. I won't make you do any awkward poses, but I will give direction and prompts if needed to make sure we are capturing a beautiful, diverse range of images. Lastly, your beautiful gallery of images will be delivered to you via email link and you'll be able to download a selection of images (or the entire gallery) depending on what it included in your package.
What time of day will my session be?
Outdoor sessions are held during sunrise or the hour before sunset (called 'golden hour').
Although these can be tricky times to be out and about, especially with young children, all photographers aim to shoot in the best lighting conditions available. To book a session outside of these times, please get in touch.
Studio session are held in the mornings, sometime between 8:30 and 10:30, so we can utilise the best natural light.
When will we get our photos?
Your will receive an online gallery link with all your photos within 3 weeks (often less!). You will be able to download photos from the gallery and also share them, choose your favourites and order prints.
What happens if my kids won't cooperate?
It's perfectly natural for kids to feel big emotions in a new environment, but there are a few ways we can set them up for success. Based on my own experiences, both photographing my own kiddos and others', I recommend:
- Leaving toys (comforters are okay), iPads and phones, bribes and treats at home or in the car
- Make sure your child is well fed and rested before your sessions
- Make sure your child is comfortable. Too many layers, head bands or fiddly clothing might distract your little one. Comfortable and simple is always preferred and photographs the best
- Bring a spare change of clothes or a warm jumper, especially for beach sessions
and most importantly:
- DON'T STRESS! There is no such thing as bad behaviour during a photo shoot. Remember it is unreasonable to expect a toddler to sit still and smile on demand. By staying calm and patient, your child has the best opportunity to settle into the session.
Why does it matter what we wear?
Styling plays a big role in the outcome of the session. By coordinating outfits between family members, we can make sure there are no crazy clashing prints or colours that distract from the natural beauty of those in the photo and the surrounding landscape. Think of outfit planning as a collaborative process between you and I. I love to be kept in the loop and am always happy help you pull together the perfect outfits.
What can I borrow form the client wardrobe?
The client wardrobe is stocked with beautiful pieces for mum, mums-to-be, children and babies. Many pieces are free size, bump and breastfeeding friendly also. Just let me know if you'd like to see what's on offer for your shoot.
Will we have to do silly poses?
No. My style of photography doesn't call for forced poses. In fact, during most of my family sessions I'll simply follow the family as they explore their surroundings and engage with one another. I'll give plenty of direction and prompts when needed but I won't expect you and your littles to sit still for an hour.
Do you use photoshop?
Occasionally. Photoshop is a great tool for sharpening details and removing unwanted objects from the frame such as powerlines or branches. As I do not support unrealistic body image standards, please refrain from asking for any major cosmetic alterations.