I’m so happy you are here and that you have entrusted me to photograph your family. It’s a privilege I do not take lightly. I want you to enjoy the whole experience with me and feel comfortable, relaxed and taken care of throughout. I appreciate and understand how valuable your time and investment is and therefore this guide is to help you make the most of your time with me and prepare you for your session.
Scroll down to find information on the type of session you have planned with me. I can’t wait to capture you and your family.
Your Family Session
What is lifestyle photography? – It’s taking real life moments, of love, laughter, emotion and joy and freezing them forever in photos. It captures who you are, not just what you look like. It sits between traditional posed portraits and documentary photography (where nothing is guided or touched). It involves gentle guidance and direction, moving you into the perfect light and subtle prompts to bring out those real, emotive moments.
While I do always strive for a family portrait of everyone looking at the camera, the goal is to capture a collection of precious moments that show the true essence of your family.
Location; At home or outdoors: I will recommend locations based on what you like to do as a family, that suits your style, the look you are hoping to achieve and ultimately what you intend to do with your photographs.
If you have adequate natural light in your home we can shoot there. Many families with small children love to stay at home for photos as the children feel very comfortable and its very personal and intimate. It also documents part of your life story as a family to show a home where you all lived together.
For outdoor locations, I have a few spots that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new location suggestions and for travelling to any chosen location.
Time: For in-home sessions, late morning to early afternoon is best as the natural light is most available during this timeframe as it moves around your home. For outdoor sessions, morning or evening is more desirable. The light is typically harsh around mid-day and this can lead to a lot of contrast and shadows in your photographs. The best light is either the first hour after sunrise or the hour before sunset, this is the golden, flattering and very romantic looking light that looks good from every angle. Sometimes it is worth keeping your children up a bit later for one evening to avail of the magic evening light.
How long does a session take: I allow up to an hour for a family session, however I rarely need a full hour. A typical session lasts approximately 45 minutes, which I find is the sweet spot where children leave happy and not bored or over-tired. I shoot very fast and within a 45 minute session, I capture on average 800-1,000 frames so trust me when I say you will have a gallery of 75-100 gorgeous images to choose from.
What to Wear
Firstly and most importantly, whatever makes you comfortable. Make sure you can sit and move in your chosen outfit. I recommend starting with mum, its the hardest one to choose. Then coordinate your family around your outfit. Compliment and coordinate rather than matching. Choose tones that suit your location. If your home is light and airy, choose light, neutral colours that won’t look too harsh.
Below you will find some inspiration on in-home and outdoor wardrobe ideas. I offer guidance and often mums will send me photos via WhatsApp of their planned outfits and I will advise.
- I try to operate a “no discipline” session for children during the session. It is best not to tell them to pose, smile or be still but rather encourage them to relax, play and be themselves. This helps to capture their true character. Don’t worry if your child is running about and being very active. I move a lot to capture children at their level, where they are at. When everyone is relaxed, I will get the family shots by encouraging everyone to simply be together and then we move and tweak positions from there. Families come away from a session with me feeling relaxed and full of love and laughter after enjoying a time-out together.
- No phones. Please remove phones from jeans pockets and do not hold them either. They are a distraction and are not needed. A photo session is a time-out from the outside world, soak up your family and forget everything else for one hour. That’s all I ask of you.
- Ensure children have adequate snacks and water and are well rested.
- Bring tissues, wipes, sunscreen, a change of clothes and shoes (just in case).
- Stay close and connected as a family, avoid gaps when posing together. Connection can be anything from touching your child’s face, putting your hands through their hair, holding hands, hugs etc.
Your Newborn Session
Shoots in your home
WHAT TO EXPECT
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