I’ve literally (as of the end of February 2015) decided to delve into world of wedding photography – I am hoping to have some engagement / couple shoots and photographs to show you very soon and am offering a great package for those willing to take a risk and book me based on my portfolio as it stands (p.s I am super excited to offer weddings and cannot wait to photograph in a documentary style / not too much posing) – Please get in touch!
HOW LONG WILL THE SHOOT LAST?
Your shoot will usually last anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour and a half.
NEWBORN/TINY BABY PHOTOGRAPHS…
Newborn baby photographs are some of my favourite photographs to take, because in a few weeks they’ll have changed so much! – all baby photographs are done in your own home, though your home must be light and bright. I will schedule our shoot to the time of day that lets most light in through windows etc which is usually around midday – I don’t use flash lighting and we wont be putting ceiling lights on, I will literally turn up with my camera – We’ll likely use a bed for some photographs and also some of baby in their own cot / nursery, try and look at having light coloured bedding on the day of our shoot.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD BRING?
For an outdoor shoot, bring what you would normally for a morning / afternoon out, if there’s young children then refreshments (aka bribes) can be helpful, also a change of clothing if you’re wanting to create a different look to your photos.
WHAT WILL WE DO IF IT’S RAINING OR VERY WET?
This is the thing that bothers me. The weather. I’m an outdoor, natural light photographer (unless it’s an indoor baby session) Therefore I rely on the weather being kind to us to enable the shoot to go ahead (plus I need my camera dry!). There’s a big difference in the variety of photographs that I can take when it’s dry Vs wet – sat or laid on grass and stood up Vs every photo stood up – Sometimes I can sense how annoyed / upset people are when shoots get cancelled (I am too) but I’d rather do a fantastic job and often insist that we re-schedule because I know how much of a difference it can make… SO if it’s raining or a muddy mess then we’ll re-schedule. It’s ‘one of those things’ the weather, and I’ve come to accept that.
HOW ARE THE 20 IMAGES SELECTED
On the shoot day, you’ll see me taking many, many photographs I do this for a number of reasons; my little screen on the back of my camera can be very deceiving, until I’m sat in front of my computer and ready to edit I never really know how the the majority of photos have turned out (of course I check for exposure etc during our shoot) – I’ve learnt over time it’s best to take multiple photos of the same ‘pose’.
I usually take approximately 100-300 photos and very quickly gets whittled down to 20 of the best – I try to vary these 20 so they’re not too ‘samey’ – this is where adding accessories and generally having fun make them all different.
Enjoy! – That’s my advice, don’t worry too much about your child smiling, and try not to force them *children inevitably do their ‘cheese’ smile which doesn’t look very natural* we will get some smiles and I’ll be there to photograph them. I tend not to direct too much on the photo shoot, especially with younger children, in fact you’ll probably just see me chasing them around (in the case of 2 year olds anyway!) I want you to enjoy it and not to feel stressed, if you can, pretend I’m not even there!
If you’ve booked a shoot and have anything else to ask me then please feel free to contact me.
I am more than open to any suggestions to what you require from your shoot, if you’ve an idea then let me know, if you’ve seen an album of my photos and you like them then let me know which ones and I can obtain a feel for the types of photographs you want.
The best photographs I’ve taken are generally when I’ve had a lot of input from parents about what they’re after so don’t be afraid to do a bit of research I’m open to all ideas you may have.
Remember these photographs capture a moment in time, they may well be hung on your wall for a long time and so I hope these tips will help make them all the more treasured.