I am so excited to hear that you have booked your session, what happens now?
I am excited to "Capture the moment" for you and your family. My family photo shoots aim to capture honest photos of your family and children. The goal is not to get a stiff and posed shot with everyone looking at the camera, but to capture the true essence of your family, creating images that will become works of art that you can hang in your home and pass down for generations.
I will email you to discuss location selection, meet up time and answer any questions you have, but in the meantime here are a few important points to help you prepare for your session with me, you can also look on my FAQ page for more information
Together, we will decide on the best location for your photos. I have some locations that I can suggest but I am always open to new ideas as well. You should choose a location that fits your style and personality. I can help you along with this decision.
If we are shooting outdoors I prefer to shoot either in the morning or in the evening. The light is typically too harsh mid day. If your children are up for it, shooting one to two hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere.
Length of Session:
I will work fast; to capture the best light and to ensure your children do not get bored. The session is scheduled to last no longer 45 minutes, during that time I will create a diverse and interesting gallery of images for you.
What to Wear:
Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating. See the FAQ page for more ideas and suggestions.
I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me know.
Children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural self. Don't worry if your child is running about and active, photographs captured while your children are running around and exploring can create some beautiful images.
To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply "be" with the child, or hold the child and we go from there. To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session!
Prepare the child for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it's best not to surprise them.
Some final important points
Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time: Remember, your session is scheduled according to light. It is important that we start on time. Please plan for traffic or parking constraints. It's best to arrive early.
I can't wait to "Capture the Moment" for your family! Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have. See you soon!