We all take happy snaps, but a family portrait is something to treasure. Bringing the family together to celebrate the love you have between you is always going to be awesome. The result will be a gorgeous image that you’ll be proud to display in your home.
Before your photo shoot, I’ll chat with each member of your family, getting to know each one of you as unique individuals. You can also explore the studio before the shoot. This will help you to feel comfortable and confident on the day.
I’ll photograph each family member as individuals, capturing the personalities and passions each of you shares. I’ll then create a group shot to record those special bonds as images you can treasure.
Imagining your shoot
A family shoot is special, and it is a great opportunity to recall treasured memories and deep bonds. When planning a family shoot, your first step is to decide where you’d like your photograph taken? Would you like a casual shot of you playing together at home or a shot taken in a space which holds treasured memories?
Take your family lifestyle into account. If you have small children, you’ll want to create a setting which will keep them happy and occupied. You’ll have places you treasure as a family, and these are often great locations for a family photograph. I can capture moments you’ll treasure forever. Previously, I’ve carried out family photographs in parks, in favourite cafes, and in date night locations. A visually appealing space (such as a favourite picnic spot) will add atmosphere to your photos. However, you’re also free to come into the studios with some favourite items or props which will make your photo session unique.
Preparing for your shoot
Book your studio session a couple of weeks in advance so that you can prepare to look your best. If your children need a haircut, you’ll have time. If you’re looking for a great outfit, it’s time to go shopping. A manicure often makes an excellent touch. Moms often spend time holding their children and hands are very visible in a photo shoot.
Next, it’s time to start gathering up props. That special charm your husband gave you after the birth of your first child. The silk scarf you got on your honeymoon. Your child’s favourite toy or the football top he goes to sleep in at night. This will help you to place your family in the photos, reflecting who you are at this special moment in your lives.
Keep your children in mind when booking a shoot. Your children aren’t professionals. Picking the time of day when they are at their best will help you to capture some great moments. Your children may be at their best in the early morning. Or they may be at their best just after nap time. Work with your kids. Tired and impatient children are unlikely to co-operate.
Bring some snacks and drinks for your children to enjoy. Full children are happy children and this makes for a great photo experience. You could also use treats as bribes.
Dress according to the weather! You want to be warm enough without feeling overheated. Layering is often a great option for transient weather temperatures. If you’re too hot or too cold, you won’t enjoy your photo session.
Try to match your outfits in style or tone, but don’t worry about looking too similar. It will look better if each one of you shows your uniqueness. You can choose more than one outfit if you’d like to. Bring a change of clothes for your children in case of accidents, mud or mess.
Accessories such as hats or scarves will add interest or creativity to your shoot. A dash of colour is an absolute must.
If you’re not sure what to do, search for ideas on Pinterest. Confidence is key in photographs though, so do make sure you feel like yourself.
Most of all, relax. The very best family photographs are made up of moments you naturally share together. An expression between a mother and a child, the chemistry between a couple or the interactions between siblings will stand out. Posed images will never compare.
Before the shoot, prepare to look your best. Go for a manicure or a pedicure. Get yourself a great haircut. Our make-up artists will be able to assist you on the day, should you require this. This is a great option because they have experience with what looks best on camera.
Lastly, don’t forget your props! This can be baby’s sonogram photos, special gifts you treasure or your child’s favourite toy. Whatever you choose should bring should be meaningful to your family! Remember, this is all about YOU!!