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Getting the best out of our photo sessions involves a little planning on your part. Sorting out the details will mean the shoot goes perfectly and you end up with some wonderful photos to last a lifetime!
Eat, drink and sleep well
All are necessary for life, as well as good portrait sessions! Seriously, plan an early night the day before out session, adults as well as children. As rested means relaxed. And don’t turn up hungry – have some high-energy drinks and snacks on hand – Dad will appreciate it!
Organising your families clothes
Choose clothes that people feel relaxed in and plan colours to match as a group, rather than just for the individual. Get everything ready beforehand and bring some alternatives, just in case of accidents! I’d avoid brand names and logos as they tend to date the photographs and stick with solid neutral coloured items.
Bring along some props
This could be as simple as a child’s favourite toy. Or a piece of sports equipment. Something that makes the image unique to you guys and helps people relax. Perhaps a favourite book, or something from nature. I’ll have suggestions but you know your family better than me! Go creative!
Arrive on time
Fairly obvious but arriving in rush, not only cuts into your time on location but makes everyone a little stressed and trust me, this comes out in the pictures. So get there ten minutes early, have a look around, I’ll be there and we can plan out some poses and have a bit of ‘getting to know each other’ time.
Have a laugh!
Fun and laughter all make great photography. If Mum and Dad are relaxed and having fun, often means the little ones will too. And I promise not to tell too many rubbish jokes!
Finally, keep an eye on my site and Facebook pages
I’ll post up a sneak-peek as quick as I can online (as long as you are cool with this) – so please have a look and give it some sharing love to friends and relatives! Once I’ve finished editing the images you will have your own password protected online gallery and of course all of them on a CDR or USB pen ready for printing.