What to expect
My aim is to take photos of your little ones that capture the simple sweetness of the everyday and that tell the stories of families being themselves.
I love using natural light simply because it reflects my work – as natural as possible, working with nature and the ever changing shades of light depending on the day/time of year. Summer shoots will obviously look quite different to winter ones, and the colours of spring and autumn can add richness to a set of photos.
There may be a little posing with family shoots, but it’s often what I photograph in-between these moments that provide the best shots. I will give gentle direction to make sure everyone is in the best light but mainly I am an observer capturing moments as they unfold – I’m certainly not the boss on the shoot and for the most authentic shots, it’s best the little ones dictate the flow of the session.
You will get a mixture of colour and black and white, but this is something we can discuss in more details depending on your preferences.
I’m a Mum. I understand children and know they often don’t want to sit and smile for the camera. If they do, then great but it’s the fun that can be had during a session which facilities the natural shots. As you can imagine, family shoots cannot be rushed! It’s important for me that your children feel comfortable having their photo taken and I will take cues from your child. This means often ignoring the camera for a while and playing some games, after all, playfulness is the language of children and it’s the quickest way to get everyone relaxed. I may also ask you to stand behind the camera to pull faces, tell a joke, sing a song, as you will know best what makes your child laugh and smile.
If the shoot is with a newborn then I realise how important it is to be patient and calm while the baby is fed and comforted, or as a toddler to have the same patience while the camera shyness slowly sheds. Conversely it sometimes works to have the parents take a step back while I do portraits of a child as they may feel they need to perform in front of their parents. If the shoot is with siblings, I seek to capture authentic images that reflect real family life connections.