"Amidst the newborn haze, Kirsty captured sweetness, love and most importantly PURE, GENUINE JOY" ~ Felicity
Family Sessions with Kirsty Hamilton
Hello and thank you for considering me as your family photographer. I would love nothing better than to capture some precious memories of your family.
My name is Kirsty Hamilton. I’m a mum to two tiny people (Logan, 4 and Calla, 2) and I aim to do for your family the very same thing I do for mine, every single time I pick up my camera: and that is celebrate you, just as you are, right now.
As a former journalist, I really want to tell YOUR story. I feel it is important to capture the love and emotion and connection that binds you together as a unique family unit.
Scroll on down and let me tell you about what a session with me looks like, why you'll love them, and what you'll get from them. I promise, it's worth it.
"YOU are here. YOU are necessary and important, and most of all, YOU are loved.
This is what I strive to say with every click of the shutter, because, to me, where we are and who we are, right now, is worth celebrating."
“Kirsty’s photoshoots are an absolute joy. If you’re thinking about whether or not to book a shoot then stop - just do it.
I promise you, you won’t regret it.” ~ Kate
A good photograph might make you smile. But a great photograph? A great photograph will make you FEEL.
Whenever I pick up my camera, I'm aiming to create art that evokes emotion. That's my starting point.
Do I need you to look at the camera? Nope. I just want you to enjoy the moment, with your family, while I capture the magic.
Whether I am photographing you in your home or in a lovely outdoor location of your choice, I will direct you to where the light and framing are best so that I capture the natural and connected images you can see in my portfolio.
What to expect
You and your family are unique and it is important to me that your individuality shines through in your images. Prior to the session, I ask you to fill in a questionnaire with some details about you, what you are like and the things you like to do together. I spend a good deal of time planning my sessions before I actually meet you.
If you have booked an in-home session, I’ll meet you at your home at the time we have agreed, kick off my shoes and introduce myself to your family, making sure to chat with your children and explain what I am going to do (this is where knowing about their favourite things comes in very handy). We'll spend a relaxed 60 to 90 minutes having fun in your home while I capture precious memories for you.
If you have booked an outdoor session, we will agree a time and place to meet and I will have scouted out the location before you arrive. I will have planned our session in advance and I’ll take you to where the light and scenery is best to give your family a truly breath-taking background in which to be themselves.
Frequently asked questions...
What if my children won’t pose for the camera?
I don’t want your children to be anything other than themselves infront of my camera. I don’t need them to sit still or ‘be good’, I have a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old who point-blank refuse to pose for me, I’ve become an expert in taking photos on the run and I have a lot of tricks to make sure that I get those lovely, connected family photos that you are after.
Toddler tantrums and momentary meltdowns routinely happen at almost every single session I have (and sometimes that's just the dads!)
It’s my job to make sure you get the kinds of photos you see in my portfolio and I never want you to worry if your child or baby becomes upset. If it happens, we’ll take a break, distract them and make sure they are happy before continuing. I always recommend having a snack and a favourite toy on hand for this very purpose.
When will we get our photos?
Every single photo you see in your final gallery has been custom-edited by me in my own style. I do both colour and black and white edits (where possible). It takes me around 15 to 20 hours to edit each gallery.
I work very hard to ensure I never have a backlog of editing to do. This means that I can start work on your gallery almost as soon as our session is finished and I aim to get your photo gallery to you within 10 days.
Your gallery is then live for two weeks so that you can choose your favourite photos. You will also have an opportunity to upgrade your package at this point if you wish to.
I order your fine art prints, framed photos and albums from a professional photography lab which utilises the highest quality inks and paper. Therefore your products can take up to four weeks to get to me once I have ordered them.
How do we book?
After deciding whether you want an in-home or outdoor session (or a mixture of both) I suggest contacting me to arrange a date and time that works for both of us.
"The photoshoot was beyond my wildest expectations. Kirsty was brilliant with my raucous toddler, with endless patience & so many cute ways to get her engaged with the camera. This woman is a magician! You absolutely won’t be disappointed.” ~ Sue