Could your family photos do with an update?
If you have new additions to your family, even furry ones or you feel that everyone looks a little different from when you last had photos taken then it is time to capture some new shots that represent your family now.
I understand that it’s not easy to plan a family photoshoot and get everybody together and that it can take a while before you decide to take action. But once you get the slot booked and agreed by all, it is well worth the planning.
With over 20 years of experience in family photography, I have welcomed hundreds of families, just like yours in to my studios, and helped them to transform their homes with beautiful images that represent them and their loved ones.
You can leave it to me to organise everything at my studio and take a mixture of family and individual photographs that represent all the relationships in your family.
I am even certain that I can get your slightly difficult teenagers to smile!
PACKAGE 1 £150 A 1 hour creative photography studio session The editing of your images, including artistic enhancements. Approx 50 high resolution images emailed via an instant download link.
PACKAGE 2 £99 A 30 minute creative photography studio session The editing of your images, including artistic enhancements. Approx 30 high resolution images emailed via an instant download link.
PACKAGE 3 £185* A 45 minute creative photography outdoor session within woodland, forest, open fields or in your private home setting. The editing of your images, including artistic enhancements. Approx 50 high resolution images emailed via an instant download link. *Additional travel fee may be added to this for home visits or specific locations, depending on distance.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR FOR OUR FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT?
The key thing to keep in mind when selecting your outfits is coordination. Basically put, you all need to look like you’re going to the same place! It is not necessarily your favourite look that works best, sometimes the simplest thing like a white top and jeans can look absolutely great in a family shoot.
Another thing to keep in mind is colour. If your baby is wearing a nice bright pink, maybe don’t choose a red outfit for other members in your group! Colour clashing on camera does not look great so keep your colours complimentary or neutral. Personally I prefer either black, white, grey or other neutrals or classic timeless colours. Most important is that you feel confident in your outfit choice, as that will reflect in your images.
When choosing your looks, think about variety. Go a casual look and maybe something dressy. Some families even go for a little theme that shows their character! Whatever it is, it should be authentic to you and your family.
WHY SHOULD A FAMILY PREPARE FOR A FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT?
Unlike couples and people who arrive solo, a family photoshoot can be more complicated to coordinate. It can be frustrating to overrun or go to all the effort of getting people together only to not get the shots you want. Luckily there are a few things you can do to prevent this. One of the main things to do is prep the children. Here are a couple of golden tips below!
- Get your outfits coordinated and prepared in advance and make sure they’re ironed the night before.
- If you have a baby, get them to sleep before the shoot.
- Also getting them fed and changed beforehand is ideal as it avoids any irritability that may occur during the shoot, which of course will allow smoother sailing when getting the shots. It’s much easier to get those all important smiles after a sleep, a change and a feed!
WHY DON’T YOU GIVE US A USB STICK WITH ALL THE IMAGES?
I have always focused on quality over quantity. I know that some photographers offer packages that include say, one retouched image and the rest digitally. While this may sound like a great deal, my experience and feedback from customers tells a different story. In a typical photoshoot, for say two people that lasts an hour on set, we’ll probably take around 500 shots. My aim is to get this number down to around 80 shots that have excellent lighting, excellent composition, no blinking or awkward expressions so that when you view your images you are viewing quality images that you’ll be impressed and happy with.
It takes some work for us but this is part of the service – having an expert eye edit out all the bad shots before you view them. The truth is that not all photographers can be bothered to do this. By giving you all the images it may sound like a lot but it’s means you have to do the hard work. This may work better for some clients and I won’t be the right fit for everyone. However, I have found over the years my customers prefer this approach and feel happy to rebook, confident that they’ll never risk wasting their time or their money.