Spring Family Photo Shoot!
When I photograph a family I try to capture each family member's personality. I love it when I have a session and everything just clicks (no pun intended)! When I arrived at their home we had planned to go to a nearby park but their front garden was perfect for the photo shoot. Even better when the boys decided to bring out their instruments that they love to play, it really helped capture who they are now. How adorable when they decided to play their instruments together!
With the warmer weather almost upon us, you’re probably thinking about organising a family photo shoot but it seems quite daunting to get your family enthused about the whole idea. Preparing for a family photo shoot should not bring on anxiety as I’m here to help you with any worries you might have.
Prior to the photo shoot I’ll send you my Welcome document that gives you information about how I work, what to expect, what to wear and how to help your family have the best experience, making it a fun day out.
I photograph Lifestyle, a natural form of photography that aims to capture the interactions you have with each other. If the photo shoot is in your home don’t worry about having a perfect, spotless house. This isn’t life…..I’m yet to go to a home that doesn’t feel lived in as this doesn’t tell a story about who your family really is. I’m a Mum myself with 2 dogs and I hear you when I say it’s virtually impossible to have a pristine house. Lifestyle photography gives you the freedom to relax and let go of perfection, no forced camera smiles and no forced poses! I try to capture the essence of your children, that they’re perfect just the way they are.
Make it more about the destination and experience than about the actual photo shoot. In other words we can do this ??, do that ?? and we’ll also have a friend come along to take some photos of us to remember the day. What child doesn’t love having their photo taken if they’re having a fun time?
Don’t fuss too much with the kids about what to wear. If your kids are too dressed up they won’t relax and enjoy themselves and you’ll be anxious throughout the shoot that their clothes will get dirty. If kids are having fun their clothes will get dirty but I work around this.
Hungry kids aren’t always cooperative so it’s a good idea to have them fed and rested before the shoot. Otherwise bring snacks with you to the shoot if the kids get hungry, biscuits, cheese, fruit, etc.
If all else fails, having a reward or special treat can work wonders. I know we don’t want to pump our kids with sugar but the idea that they might receive an icecream or lolly afterwards can give us a bit more time to get those photos you're after.
Remember it's about capturing who your family is now, imperfection and all.
I feel so privileged to be invited into a family's home to document those first photos of their newborn baby. I previewed this family's toddler last week as there were too many shots to share in one post. This lovely family have just welcomed their second little girl, a beautiful little sister for their 2 year old toddler. Enjoy!
Newborn babies are only small for the first two weeks of life. Documenting those tiny newborn features is something you will cherish in years to come as it brings back memories of how tiny your newborn baby was when you first arrived home from the hospital. As a Mum myself I have a little box full of tidbits from my son's first couple of weeks.....first dummy, tag from the hospital, ultra-sound photos, and of course photos taken in the hospital. As he got older I've even kept a lock of his hair from his first haircut and all his baby teeth (I was told it was a good idea to hold onto these)! They may not be worth anything to anybody else but the sentimental value is huge for me.
I always photograph a newborn's tiny details including toes, fingers, eyelashes, body hair, belly button, etc. so that you'll never forget the essence of their features as they literally change overnight.
I feel so honoured when clients refer their friends to me for a photo shoot. I am so grateful that you trust me with your precious little ones and feel so incredibly lucky to call this my job.
Kristina decided she would like to have their photo session at the local park and we couldn't have asked for better weather. Little Lawton has the most infectious smile. Every time the camera was pointed at him he just smiled at me. He's a natural Mum and Dad!
It was a warm, lazy afternoon at our house. Our son was playing on his Playstation, my husband was out in the garden and I started to think of how photographing family portraits can vary. You have the traditional family portrait where everyone is smiling and posing at the camera or a more candid approach showing the interaction between you.
Sometimes posed photos can look posed and unnatural. Some people don't look good in a posed environment, choosing a more candid approach reveals more of their true selves, their personality.
I bribed my son to let me take his photo (more time on the Playstation) and told him to stand by the wall and look at me. First shot a conventional looking straight at the camera (non smiling as he's just become a teenager)! From there I Freelensed (removing the lens from the camera and tilting to give the photo a soft bokeh)! Portraits can be taken from different perspectives, looking down, looking up, looking off camera, it's how the photographer interprets their own unique style.
My portrait style is "Lifestyle", a more natural, unposed way of photographing your family. It's so hard to try and pose children as they find it difficult to sit still. I prefer them playing, having fun. This is where you get the natural smiles and personalities shine through. Even Mum and Dad relax more if they're not trying to make their children give the perfect smile and pose.
If you're thinking of booking a family session, consider more natural, candid photography of your family.