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Let me talk you through what to expect
You may not have been professionally photographed before and you don't know what to expect, here I will talk you through the process so you know what happens and when so you know exactly what will happen.
You can get in touch by email or phone to have a chat about what you are looking for from a session and what dates you have in mind. I will send you my family ebook if you haven't already had a chance to download it and read through it. You can ask me any questions you can think of, I am more than happy to help!
When you decide to book a session we will also arrange a time for your phone consultation. This will be a week before your session and gives you the opertunity to ask me any other questions that have come to mind, talk a little bit more in depth about who will be involved in the session to help me when I meet everyone and talk through any images you would love captured and how your session will go.
Your session fee of £50 is paid at the booking stage to secure your session date and time.
It’s a week before your session and you are nervous as well as excited! Your session consultation gives us an opportunity to talk in full about any ideas you have about your session and ask me any further questions. You can tell me all about your kids, their personalities, likes and dislikes to help me build a relationship with them on the day and capture those authentic smiles. We will talk through what your session will look at your location, whether that is outdoors or at home so you know what to expect.
You will be guided to where the best light is and what to do while you are there, you don't need to worry about "acting natural" in front of the camera, I've got that covered! When it comes to capturing natural images of your family we would get you interacting with each other, walking, playing, reading and you are photographed while you do these things. The same applies for children on their own, get them climbing, reading, swinging, splashing, laughing and be there to photograph them. We will take it slowly, get the kids engaged and have fun!
If it rains we can get those wellies on, grab umbrellas and go out for a play and a splash! If you prefer to reschedule due to the rain we can do that too so no need to worry about the forecast on the run up to your session, we will keep in touch.
Perhaps you have a location in mind that you love visiting as a family? Or maybe you would like to go to a park to play on the swings or a beach to build sandcastles and have a paddle.
When it comes to at home sessions if you would like a clutter free look in your photographs we can move items about a bit to clear the background and even move furniture to get the best light in the space that you have. We can talk about your vision for your images and any concerns you may have during your pre session phone consultation. If you would like to have a chat about these things before then please get in touch anytime. If you are at all worried about me coming into your home due to the craziness of family life and the clutter that can entail please know that I have kids too and I know how it is!
TIME OF YOUR SESSION
I love the look of natural light so choose to shoot portrait sessions during the day while it is light outside. We also need to take into consideration nap time for younger children. Early afternoon may be nice and light outside but if your little one would normally nap at that time we would be better to schedule a time that fits around them.
Golden hour is the last hour before sunset and it can provide a beautiful backlight to your outdoor images (provided it’s not overcast!). You can check what time the sun will set on this website if you would like an idea of when it will be golden hour on the dates you have in mind.
During the summer months sunset is late, likely too late for younger children however Autumn to mid April we have earlier sunsets and an opportunity to take advantage of that gorgeous light.
Every session is unique and lasts roughly last 1 to 2 hours.
Adults can feel self conscious and I can relate if you feel that way too, you won’t be made to feel uncomfortable or be in any images you don’t want to. If you would like to be included in your images it is my job to make you feel comfortable, we will speak on the phone before your session where you can talk to me about any concerns you may have and I will talk to you about how I can help. When it comes to your session I will find the best light and get you interacting and capture natural moments, moments that both you and your children will love to look back on in the coming years.
KIDS WILL BE KIDS!
Are you worried that your kids may misbehave? I have two children and I can totally relate to why you may feel that way! Kids are just that, kids, they don’t behave perfectly all the time and I don't expect them to. When it comes to your photography session we want to avoid your child feeling under pressure. If they don’t want to swing on the swing, that’s ok, they may want to later but if they don’t, that’s ok too. For me to capture your children being themselves I want them to be comfortable and happy, engaged in doing something they want to rather than feeling they need to do something as they are being told to. To avoid them being overwhelmed we will take it slowly and create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for them to get on with the business of being themselves.
Catriona choose which images are the very best from your session and will edit them and upload for you to view 7 days after your session. Your gallery is available for 24 hours for you to select which images you would like to buy.