My photographic style is relaxed and natural and I’m all about about capturing authentic emotions and real moments. During your photo session I use guidance more than static posing. I like to guide my families into a pose, let it unfold naturally and then document it with my camera.
Don’t worry, I’m very bossy and I’ll tell you exactly what I need you to do, I use games, questions and activities to help you interact naturally with each other. Sometimes I’ll step back to get more photo-journalistic type images and other times I’ll come in really close for more intimate photos, my goal is to capture what makes your family dynamic special and unique.
CHILDREN – It is important that we go at the pace of the children, never force anything and always expect the unexpected. I never make children smile, if they do then great if not that’s also great, we want the images to reflect who they are at this moment in time. Please make sure you have a healthy snack (I’M BEGGING YOU, PLEASE NO SUGAR) and something for them to drink on hand so we can take breaks when they are getting fidgety and bored. Sugary sweets and drinks just make children super crazy and more often than not results in a tantrum and tears which in itself is not a problem and I photograph everything but I want the children to have fun and if we can avoid tears then so much the better. It’s a good idea to have a change of clothes in the car in case of spills and accidents.
A favourite blankie or toy will go a long way to ensure that children are comfortable in front of the camera and can help to create more natural photos. Please remember that meltdowns do happen and if there is a meltdown, don’t panic, I’m in full journalistic mode and I’ll document whatever happens but it is key that you (the parents) keep your cool and go with the flow.
If your little girl has long hair try not to tie it up, a pretty clip to keep it out of her face is fine but leaving it loose is much more flattering than a plait or ponytail.
PETS – TOWEL/PAPER TOWELS – In the event that you have booked a pet photo session or are including you pet in the family shoot we want your furry child to look his or her best so it’s a good idea to bring a towel or paper towels to mop any excess gob off that adorable face. A brush is a good idea for long haired dogs that may gets bits of grass or leaves stuck in their fur.
BOWL AND WATER – Pets sometimes get very hot so it’s nice to have water on hand.
TREATS/BRIBES – Bring your fur baby’s favorite treat along but I only like to use treats as a last resort, so best to keep them hidden unless absolutely necessary!
In order to make the most of your session I need to know a little bit more about you guys, so please complete the questionnaire below as soon as you can. Once it’s completed, simply click the SUBMIT button at the bottom and it’ll be winging it’s way to me in no time.
Remember there are no right or wrong answers and you can be as elaborate or brief as you like with your answers.
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