When is the best time of the year to book an outdoors family photo session?
The simple answer is: any time! Each season has its unique colours and character, and each month of the year provides endless opportunities. Choose spring and summer for fresh colours and bright light; autumn for rich tones and striking backlight; and even the cold winter brings outstanding scenery with its low, crepuscular light and striking cloud formations. And, if we’re lucky, even snow!
How long will the photo session take?
My family photo sessions always flow at the children’s pace. I never put a time limit to the time we spend together, because it is important that both you and your children get to know me and feel comfortable around me, before the camera even comes out!
Most outdoors sessions take the form of a walk around the your chosen location. We will spend time playing, chatting and exploring, while I capture the day’s events as they unfold. We will take breaks whenever the children need them – snacks and drinks will definitely come in handy.
Indoors, we will shoot in your living space, where you and your children feel most comfortable. In-home sessions have been known to involve jumping on the bed, sofa cuddles, quiet time reading a book or even bath time!
On average, a children’s photo session will take between 1.5 and 3 hours. The length of baby sessions depends on your baby’s age – under six months, they tire quite easily. I always ensure that I adapt the pace of the session to your family’s unique needs.
What should we wear at the session?
Think texture and personality. I know there’s so much more to you than chinos and a white shirt. You are unique individuals and the greatest part is, when you’re together in a single image, you still blend as a family. For your session, everyone should be in the same style – all formal or all casual. Stick with similar or complementary color tones and fabrics (i.e., everyone in pastels or deep tones).
I like children to have at least one small part of their outfit reflect their personalities, like a hat or a fun t-shirt under a jacket or cool shoes. Need some help? No problem. You are welcome to bring your favourites (plus shoes, hats, tights, scarves, accessories) and we’ll piece outfits together. I love bold colors and patterns, but recommend that you avoid logos, large writing or cartoon characters. Think spots, stripes, childlike, cheerful, happy, bright, fun.
Choose fabrics with lots of texture (sweaters, denim, knits). Layers add interest and depth to an image, so pair up short/long-sleeved shirts, wear a jacket, put leggings under skirts and dresses, etc. I like a simple look, too – a flowing, white dress or a white t-shirt and jeans.
For more inspiration, visit this nifty Pinterest board I maintain with the latest photo styles of the season!
What happens if it rains or my child is sick?
I would never want to photograph someone who wasn’t feeling 100%. If one of your party becomes ill, please call as soon as possible and we will reschedule.
I always monitor the weather prior to an outdoors photo shoot – we are in England after all! A light, intermittent drizzle may be workable and even desirable – wellies, colourful raincoats and rain coats are all excellent props – as are muddy puddles! On other occasions, it may be necessary to reschedule, for example if it is too windy, cold or in case of strong rain.
When/how can we see our pictures?
Your images will be ready to view approximately two to three weeks after your session. I will invite you back to the the studio, where you will be able to see your images on a big screen and be plied with coffee and cake while we chat about your plans for the images in a completely pressure-free environment. With so many display ideas at your fingertips, this is the ideal opportunity to create a striking wall art arrangements for your home or choose a bespoke heirloom album for your portraits. Alternatively, you may view and purchase your portraits online, through a password-protected gallery. This very convenient solution is perfect for digital products.