Preparing for your Photoshoot
This guide is to help you prepare for a photoshoot with me so that you know what to expect, and will hopefully answer any questions that you may have.
In home sessions
For in home photoshoots, I will ask for a quick tour of the house when I arrive, so that I can scout out the best rooms for light. If you know the brightest times of day for the main rooms in your house - living room / master bedroom / nursery, then we can decide a suitable time to hold the shoot from that bearing in mind nap times / feeding times etc.
For outdoor shoots, we will have arranged a time and place to meet. Please be ready to start on time so that we can make the most of our time together.
I'll check the forecast a few days before your shoot and will get in touch if I feel we need to shuffle our timings a little. However if the forecast is for consistent heavy rain we will re-schedule.
It is best if we just give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural selves. Please prepare your children for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them. Please don't worry if your child is running about and being silly, I run after them and capture their personalities best that way! My tactic is to let them have fun, and the rest will follow suit :)
To get the most out of your session, please make sure that your children are rested and have had adequate snacks and water beforehand. We can take breaks for snacks and play if necessary, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session.
I just ask that your clothes:
Have no logos
Have neutral / muted tones,
with one or two accent colours
Are not a new style that you're not comfortable wearing
Includes comfortable shoes that are free of logos (bare feet and neutral socks are great)
Further guidance on wardrobe if you're unsure:
MUM'S THE WORD
In my mind, the mum's clothes are often the most important. You need to feel happy and comfortable in what you're wearing, so choose something that you feel confident in, both standing and sitting, and build the family's outfits around that...
CO-ORDINATE, DON'T MATCH
White shirts and jeans have had their time! Pick a few colours that you will all wear, and have different people wearing different amounts of it - for example, you could wear a coral dress with a blue necklace to bring in your little boy's blue shorts and a bit of coral on your baby girl's white outfit, etc Try not to have too many contrasting patterns. One person wearing a pattern in the shoot is normally enough.
KNOW YOUR STYLE
Think about how you will all look together. If mum is wearing a maxi dress and sandals, it's not going to work if dad wears a suit and tie. Keep all of you in a similar style (and ideally make it casual - the clothes that work the best are when they don't look forced, but just like natural choices for the activity that you're doing. Try to visualise how you see the pictures turning out, and dress accordingly.
No big logos or fluorescent sports shirts - this is key - anything with writing or big pictures detracts from the subject (ie you guys!) and also dates quickly…
MOST IMPORTANT TIP
Be yourself! If you don't usually wear dressy clothing, don't. If your daughter hates dresses, don't put her in a dress. If your son can't stand wearing button down shirts, don't put him in one. If you are a sporty family, dress sporty. You can find clothing that fits your style that is clean, nice, and comfortable. Wear what makes you all happy and comfortable and what feels right for your family.
I will deliver sneak peaks on my social media accounts within a week of your photoshoot. Please let me know if you do not want me to share your photos, or would like to approve your photos before I post them. Your full gallery will be delivered within 3 weeks unless I have stated otherwise. This will be live for 7 days, during which time you can order your images. Once you have chosen, you will be able to download your high resolution images online.