You're all booked! What next?
I am so excited to get to know you and your family! Every one of these sessions is unique, just like the families who book them. My aim is to capture images which don't just look like your family, but feel like your family as well. On the day, we'll get out there and enjoy lots of fun and silliness! In order to ensure we make the most of your time, which is so precious and limited, take a look at the information below.
Where will we meet? I use all natural light and love to shoot outside. There are lots of locations I can recommend, but if you have somewhere particularly special in mind let me know and I'll take a look at its suitability. We'll choose a location together via email around 1 month before the date, based on your preferences and personality.
When will we meet? The majority of my sessions take place in the two hours before the sun goes down, as this is when we have the most flattering and beautiful light. My families usually have their kids take a nap or have a relatively chilled afternoon to prepare for these later sessions in the summer. If this is going to be a particular problem for your children, let me know, and we'll chat through alternatives. We'll finalise a time together via email two weeks before your shoot.
What will our session look like? When you arrive, we'll take some time to say hello and get to know each other a little. I will have planned out some specific spots within our location to work our way around. I come prepared to guide you and make you feel completely relaxed, yourselves and beautiful. Don't worry about how to stand or what to do with your arms, I will walk you through everything; all you have to do is be you! I'm ready to capture candid moments of fun, connection and love between you and your family.
How long will our session be? These sessions typically last around an hour. I act as photographer and director moving things along in order to account for children's limited attention spans! Any time we seem to be losing the kid's interest we'll move on to our next destination with new things to explore.
What should we wear? I always say that the more comfortable you are in what you're wearing, the more natural your images will be. Wear something that makes you feel confident and something that you can move around in. As a family, it's best if you aim to coordinate but not match. Have a think about colours that complement each other, instead of all wearing identical shirts or colours for example! Avoid wearing anything with very bright colours or branding decals, as these can be distracting. Apart from that, just something that you really feel like 'you' in! If you're still unsure, I'm happy to chat with you further about your wardrobe choices.
Can I bring along props? I generally avoid props as they can be distracting and take away from the genuine, relaxed atmosphere. However, if there's a particular item you'd really like to be featured then get in touch and we'll have a chat about it.
What about my kids? Most children don't really like being asked to pose or 'give us a smile'. Those who do, will usually bring out the big cheesy grin that leaves us begging for their 'nice smile'! These sessions are not aiming to get that one, static, family photo with everyone looking at the camera and smiling pleasantly (although we'll always try to get one of those photos for the grandparents!); they're all about capturing who you and your children are at this moment in time. Because of that I love to let them be their wonderful, wacky selves. Don't worry if your child doesn't want to smile, or is running about or pulling silly faces. Most of my client's favourite photos are taken just seconds after their child's silliest face! I love to capture them while they explore and play, working around what they're most comfortable with.
In order to give us every chance for great family moments, I recommend making sure your little ones have eaten recently and rested well during the day. Feel free to bring water and non-messy snacks along with you in case they need a little top up. Let your children know that a friend is joining you to take some photos, so as to not overwhelm or surprise them. If you have any further concerns or questions, get in touch.
How do I see my photos afterwards? Within four weeks of your shoot date, I will send you a link to your online gallery. Your session fee includes at least 35 full resolution digital images. All digital downloads are yours to share, print and keep forever. This gallery will be live for viewing, downloading and orders for 4 weeks.
Do you offer any further services? I know how time consuming finding a good printer and getting round to printing your images can be. Because of this, I offer a selection of services to you, including printing, framing, canvases and photo books at competitive prices - all available through your gallery. Due to limitations with printing inks and medias, I can only guarantee colours and appearance when you print through me. Images need to be edited differently for different media, so I edit images either for screen, canvas or printing.
You can share your gallery with friends and family, for them to view and order from, if you choose. All orders are delivered to your address to keep prices low.
Can I bring our pet dog or any other people along? These shoots are just for you and your immediate family, but if that includes your dog you're welcome to bring them along! If you'd like to bring another family member or friend along to be another pair of hands for kids and pets, that's fine.
One last thing...
Please arrive and be ready to start on time! Remember, your session is scheduled according to light and, unfortunately, the sun will not wait for us. Please take traffic and parking into consideration in your planning. If in doubt, it's best to arrive early!
I look forward to spending time with you all! For any further questions, feel free to contact me by email.