Well Hello There
So you've got a family photoshoot coming up! I've put together this guide to give you an idea of what to expect and a few tips on what you can do to make your session go as smoothly as possible. Whilst you may be worrying about what you'll wear and how well behaved everyone will be, and whilst I'd love to guarantee that there will be no tears or tantrums or that the weather will play ball, I can't. What I can tell you though is that when it's all over you'll be so glad that you captured these early years together. And we'll have some laughs and giggles whilst we're doing it. I know how stressful having your family photographed can be, so I'm here to help make it as relaxed and as fun an experience as I can.
What To Expect
My family photography sessions are relaxed and aim to capture natural images of you and your family. They tend to last about an hour and in that time I'll take a variety of images: group shots, I might pair you up, some individuals photos. If you have anything specific in mind please do let me know. I might ask for your help with the kids, especially during the pandemic so social distancing can be maintained. This might be sorting out that hair clip that's slipped or straightening that dress. Or I might just need your help getting the kids attention.
For those with young children, I would usually recommend having the shoot in the morning so they are bright and alert. It is best to avoid scheduling the session right before nap time, for reasons I'm sure I don't need to explain! But you know your kids better than anyone else. Schedule the session for when you think they will be at their brightest. There is no time limit but family photography sessions can generally be done in less than an hour. It's usually quite obvious when the kids have had enough!
In regards to location, this is really up to you. I am happy to have the session in your own home or garden, or out at a location of your choice such as a local park or somewhere that means something to you as a family. If you need any help deciding on a good spot, just let me know. A little caveat here is that if your chosen location requires entrance and/or parking charges, these will be added to your fee.
Please download <What 3 Words> before your session - this will make it really easy to find each other if we're in a big park or somewhere similar.
When & Where
What to Bring
It’s a good idea to bring some snacks and drinks with you for the little ones, although nothing too messy, please! Wipes, obviously. It’s also wise to pack a change of clothes for the younger ones, just in case. If you have any cuddly toys or special items that you'd like in the photos please do feel free to bring them along. Mums might also want to bring some touch-up makeup and a hairbrush.
What if the Kids Misbehave? Or Refuse to Smile?
Next up, misbehaving children! Please don't worry about this. Kids will be kids and as a mum myself I've seen it all before. I've got lots of tricks up my sleeves. So don't stress and don't worry if they won't look at the camera or give me a big cheesy grin because I'm after natural moments and smiles anyway. There are a few things you can do to prepare your kids for a family photo shoot though. Just click the button below to find out what these are.
The Great British Weather
Well, we are in England so let's face it, there's a very real possibility the weather won't be on our side! Blue skies and wispy 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.
What Happens After the Shoot?
After your session, I will head on home and spend some time choosing the best photos to tell your story. When they are ready you will receive an online viewing gallery of around 25 beautifully retouched images. This will typically take around 2 weeks. After you've had time to look through your gallery, you can choose which package you would like to purchase. If you are interested, I can also send you info on some lovely ways you can display your images. Because it would be a shame to let your investment exist only on your hard drive.
What to Wear for Your Winter Photoshoot
Now the big one! What to wear for you winter family photoshoot. This is usually the first thing people worry about. I've put together some info to help you choose outfits that will work really well at this pretty time of year.
Click here for a guide on what to wear for your winter session.
Why not check out my winter photoshoot Pinterest board for some inspiration on choosing your outfits