WHAT TO EXPECT ON SESSION DAY
If this is your family’s first time working with a professional photographer, it can be difficult to know what to expect. What should I bring? Will there be enough time to get the pictures we want? Will I feel uncomfortable in front of the camera? I completely understand these feelings of concern; you are not alone! I’m here to work for and with you to make your session as stress-free as possible. Remember, this is supposed to be fun! I tailor our photography to you and your family. Each session is a unique experience, built from the ground up just for you. In our initial consultation, we’ll discuss things like the family schedule, favourite locations, and timing to make your photo day a smashing success. This is your day to relax and enjoy your family; I’ll do the rest. My method of working is simple: always advise parents to tell the kids we are meeting with a friend to go on an adventure, and we take things from there. There’ll be no posing or saying ‘cheese’ to the camera, just enjoying a walk in the woods or playing in the back garden, whatever you like.
Planning in advance is the key to success! If your family or child has a daily routine, it’s best to schedule the photo session in a way that works with, not against, this routine. If your child has a certain nap-time, we’ll plan the shoot to be either before or after they wake up to prevent tantrums and fatigue. If your baby generally sleeps during the afternoon, a morning session may be best. We are here to make your session a success, and will work with you individually to find a time and place that fits the family.
KEEPING IT NATURAL
Kids may feel uncomfortable with a photographer they don’t know well in an unfamiliar place. This is why I prefer to photograph families having fun and enjoying themselves rather than posing people. I stand back and let the day unfold in front of me, and I’m more likely to ask children to run through the fields or climb on logs than stand still and smile at the camera. When I do use posing, I normally use it to gently and naturally guide the grown ups into place and let the children be themselves around them. I have lots of helpful hints and tips to make your photographs flattering and natural and show you in your best light.
A COMFORTABLE PACE
Children are unpredictable – a characteristic that makes them so lovable – but also difficult to plan around. It’s something I completely understand! For this reason, I always carve out a large chunk of time to make sure your session isn’t rushed. If baby needs to be changed or fed, take your time. If a toddler is getting tired or frustrated, we can take a snack break to relax and regroup. If you and your family are feeling uncomfortable or exhausted, we can pause for a drink of water and a rest. This is your photo session and we’ll work at the pace of you and your family! There’s no need to rush – just relax and enjoy the experience.
When working with babies and children, safety is my first priority. When I photograph babies and newborns, I ask that mum and dad stay at arm’s length to make sure baby’s kept safe and sound under all circumstances. When planning an outdoor, on-location shoot with kids, I make sure the site is safe and suitable for children ahead of time. If there’s any question as to whether or not a location is safe for your family, I always err on the side of caution. And if mum or dad feel uncomfortable with the situation, I’m happy to find alternatives to make sure everyone is kept safe and sound.
If we’ve chosen an outdoor location for your photos, we will most likely be at the mercy of the weather! If the day turns out to be raining heavily, or extreme cold, we’ll find an alternate date for the photos. I’d rather reschedule than push everyone into an uncomfortable place. We will be in communication the day before and day of the session to discuss any challenges that may arise and deal with them in the most convenient way possible for your family. I’ll give you handy hints and tips on what to wear and what to bring on the day. Bringing an umbrella and hairbrush can be handy in case of impromptu rain showers!