LET'S TALK ABOUT STYLE
How would I describe my style? Natural, light-filled family photography. No plain white backgrounds here. No forced posing. No blue jeans and white shirts for everyone. I strive to capture natural images of you and your family that look and feel like you. If that sounds like what you are looking for, then keep scrolling...
Once you've booked your family photography session, we'll have a chat so I can find out a bit more about you and your lovely brood. That way I can make sure I tailor the session to you. I'll send you a guide with some tips for getting ready for your session and some advice on what to wear. We'll pick the date, time and the location. If you have a location in mind, great, if not I am happy to help with this. If you've booked a mini session, then the date and location is fixed. All you need to do is pick your time slot.
THE SESSION ITSELF
I allow about an hour for a bespoke family, maternity or newborn session but I don't clock watch. If we need extra time for changing nappies, giving the kids a snack, or a quick outfit change then that's what we need. It takes as long as it takes! Bitesize sessions are about half an hour long, and a mini session is generally scheduled for 20 minutes. I understand that it can be slightly terrifying if you aren't used to being in front of the camera, so I aim to keep it relaxed and fun. Because that's how we'll capture the sweetest, unscripted moments. I've got lots of fun games up my sleeve to get everyone in the mood! We'll bank a couple of everyone-smiling-and-looking-at-the camera shots, but my main focus will be getting natural, relaxed, fun photos of you just being you.
About 2 weeks after your session you'll get a link to an online gallery. Here you can view your images and decide which ones you would like to buy and whether you want to include any prints or artwork in your order.
So where will my session be?
As a family photographer I cover areas in Surrey, Sussex and Kent. Most of my family, maternity and newborn sessions take place outdoors.
When is the best time to do it?
For family photography sessions, I strongly suggest holding these early morning. Firstly, the light is better. The later in the day we do it, the higher the sun is in the sky and the harsher the light is. In addition, babies and younger children tend to be brighter and more alert in the mornings. And it also increases the liklihood that our chosen shoot location will not be too busy - no one wants an audience during their photoshoot!
When should I book?
Family photography sessions can be booked at anytime. Just give me a shout!
What should we wear?
This bit stresses most people out a little! After you've booked I will send you some information on what you should wear. In the meantime you can check out my boards on Pinterest for some ideas. The general rule of thumb though is that everyone should complement each other, but avoid anything too matchy matchy! And make sure you look like you! For younger kids, it might be an idea to have a spare set of clothes on hand. Just in case.
What if the weather is rubbish?
Well, we are in England so let's face it, that's a very real possibility! Blue skies and whispy clouds are of course lovely, but don't be put off by thicker cloud cover. Skies like these can make your photos really atmospheric. Whatever Mother Nature has in store for us, we can take a call the day before. If necessary we'll just reschedule for another time that's convenient for you.
How long will the session last?
Bespoke family, maternity and newborn photography sessions can generally be done in an hour or so. Its usually quite obvious when the kids have had enough! But I don't clock watch. It takes as long as it takes! Bitesize sessions last about half an hour, and scheduled mini sessions are short and sweet at just 20 minutes long.
What happens after?
I will go home and spend some time choosing the best photos to tell your story. When they are ready I will send you an online gallery. For a bespoke session, it will contain around 25 beautifully retouched images. Bitesize and mini sessions contain around 10 imahes. This will typically take around 2 weeks. After you have had time to look through your gallery you can what you would like to buy.
Can I have all the images you take?
Stuff You Should Know
Choosing your family photographer is a big decision. I've answered some of the most common queries I get below but if there is anything else like you'd know please do give me a shout. I'd love to hear from you!