Your Portrait Experience

One of the first questions I ask is: "Why are you having your portraits taken". The answer, although in different words is usually the same. You want to capture these memories in time so that you can keep memories alive for yourself and future generations. Congratulations, you have taken the 1st step and I am here to walk you through this process from the initial consultation to delivering your prints. Our shoots could be as simple as half an hour to half the day with a make-up artist and a wardrobe change. If its an outdoor session session it will usually be during the golden hours. That is early morning up to 2 hours after sunrise or late afternoon from about 2 hours before sunset as that is when the light is the best. If its a Studio Session it does not matter as the light is artificial. I will be there at least 15 minutes before the decided time if its outdoors and half an hour if its a studio shoot, so I can set up. The shoot can take up to an hour and a half but is usually done in an hour. When there are young kids I often shoot away a bit to get them used to me and the excitement of having their photo taken. We will do a variety of different poses with different backgrounds and we may walk around our location to get different perspectives. We like to capture the candid moments just as well as the posed, look at the camera and smile ones. The candid moments are amongst the best. We like to keep it relaxed and fun, happy relaxed subjects make the best photos and we try not to rush it. I believe your picture memories should be displayed not stored on computers so below I list my range of products.

What I need from you

Get a good nights Sleep

Getting a good nights sleep is essential as lack of sleep not only shows in your photos but also makes you grumpy. The best time for photo shoots are those golden hours in the morning, just after sunrise, and the evening just before sunset. Make sure the time you are scheduling the shoot for is not around the little ones nap time, that would spell disaster for everyone.

Make sure you are well Fed

As above the best time for photo shoots are those golden hours in the morning, just after sunrise, and the evening just before sunset, so you might have ideas of going out for dinner afterwards or skipping breakfast for those extra minutes sleep. Make sure you have a snack then to get you through the shoot, we don't want hungry turning to hangry because you are not yourself when you are hungry.

Make time to get Ready

To often we leave things to the last minute and don't have enough time. Lets face it we all have busy schedules, but if kids sporting events or something is going to make you have to rush, rather reschedule. Leave time to do your make up, wash faces, have nibblies and relax.

Props and Bribes

You are welcome to bring your own props, books, toys to keep the kids happy a blanket even a change of clothes. I will bring props myself as well as bribing food and snacks to get those smiles from the little ones. Yep I bribe! Not proud of it but it works.

Choosing your wardrobe

I prefer shooting neutral muted colours, rather than bright colours

  • You need to be comfortable, if you wear a shirt that is scratchy and or ill fitting and you don't feel comfortable it will surely show in the photos.
  • You need to be attractive, wear clothes that make you look and feel good, clothes can emphasise our flaws or hide them.
  • Beware of wearing items that clash with each other, talk it over to see what everyone is wearing, some colours go naturally together, some do not, some are just horrendous.
  • Beware of having a hero, that's the person with the loud shirt or logo advertising on their t-shirt, that stands out from everyone in every photo.
  • Avoid clothes with logo's or advertising on, stick to plain clothes, colours and patterns.
  • Don't wear the same colour top and pants.

These are just guidelines and there are exceptions to the rule. The ultimate goal is to be relaxed and comfortable. For ideas have a look at my Pinterest page

Some final but still IMPORTANT Notes

  • Patience is key, its a lot of shooting and waiting and playing with what we have to get the perfect shot, if you stress the kids stress. 
  • Dads BUY in and be happy, dads are often the grumpy ones on photo shoots. Dad if you are happy then so are the kids.
  • Don't fake it, nothing looks as bad a fake smile. Break out those big smiles, relax and enjoy and most importantly have fun as you are creating memories and I am capturing them.