My style of photography is a blend of documentary and lifestyle – I aim to capture all those fleeing moments that happen on a day to day basis, focusing on both the big picture and also the little details. These photos won’t entirely be a depiction of how ‘perfect’ your family is but really, a way of documenting your life as a little family – whether it is you cuddling your little one or them eating cheerios off the floor, I’m there for it. Every time I think about family photography, my mind always goes back to the piles of old school photo albums my family has of my sister and I in the basement. All unposed, sometimes even out of focused, moments captured and forever in print that I can look back on. These photos are inspired by those.
I will offer light direction, giving you little tasks to do here and there but will remain hands off to allow you all to be yourselves for the most part. There will be no stiff posing, or bribing your kids to smile at the camera (ok, maybe a handful to please the grandparents) but just following you and your family around to do whatever you decide to do, capturing beautiful moments in the process. To help guide the session, you may decide on a handful of activities for your family to do (something you do on a regular basis – ie. reading, eating, crafting, singing, cuddling, hiking, cooking, etc.).
Please feel free to bring along snacks, soothers, stuffies, etc. any other things that may help calm your child (children). We may not use them at first but if there’s any time that they need calming or something familiar, I’m more than happy to have those loved items in the shots! I’m all about real life and what makes them happy! If we’re doing a session outdoors, please also bring along a blanket you all can sit on as well in case the ground is not as comfy for some!
To see my collection of family photos click here.
**Photos are not my own and gathered only for inspiration purposes**
Time: ~1hour or more depending on how quickly the little ones get comfortable with me! In terms of light, natural light is what I work with so late afternoon, early evening is best. It would vary depending on whether or not we’re doing indoors or outdoors!
I would love to do the session in our home but it’s not pinterest perfect/tidy!
You can leave your place as is or tidy as little or as much as you want. My main concern is getting good light and getting your family comfortable so I can accurately capture the connection and moments within your family.
If you’re still hesitant, we can do majority of the photos in certain rooms of the house that are a bit more tidy but remember there is value in capturing your life as it is so that you can look back in 10/20/30 years from now and remember how chaotic life can be sometimes!
What should we wear?
Think comfort and neutral colours! Logos, big prints and bright colours can be distracting!
I can barely get my kids to cooperate in front of the camera! I’m worried they will misbehave with you around!
Let’s all do our best to let kids be kids! I’m not overly concerned about getting all the happy photos – sometimes tears and tantrums can happen and guess what, I’m there to capture that too! Kids feed off our energy so don’t overly stress about getting picture perfect photos but more so, focus on letting them have fun, and showering them with all the hugs and kisses! Hug out the tears, chase out the hyper, tickle out the tantrums! Save those stern looks and lectures for another time – I’m all about the candid child-led sessions so let them have it for just a little bit! I will get a handful of photos where everyone is posed and looking happy at the camera but if we don’t, for whatever reason, please don’t fret – there will be plenty of photos to pick from.
My partner hates photos. What can we do?
Trust me this is super common! But – let’s remember that this hour (or half hour) is a short period of time to be spending with me! Try to focus on spending time with your family, making each other laugh instead of focusing on the camera and I promise the time will fly by much quicker! A grumpy, not cooperative adult will only make my job harder and your photos less fun. Photos last forever and will be memories your child will look to when they grow older, so let’s show them how much love exists in the space with giving them our full attentions and hearts!
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