Hello and thank you so much for booking your mini milestones photography session with me, I am really looking forward to meeting you and capturing some special memories for your family. I have included some information below to help you prepare for your session and hopefully answer any questions you might have.
What can I expect from our session?
My sessions are very relaxed and all I want is for you to have fun while I snap away with my camera. If you have booked an in-home session, I'll meet you at your home at the time we have agreed and introduce myself to your family. If you have booked an outdoor session, we will agree a time and place to meet. Please do be on time so that we can get the most out of our time together.
It's helpful if you tell your children that a friend will be coming around to take photographs of you all so they know what to expect, it is best not to surprise them.
I am primarily a natural light photographer, which means, when I photograph in your home, I use light coming in through your doors and windows to take my photographs (although on our dark winter days I do sometimes need to use a flash). When I arrive I may have a look around your house just to see where the best light is. It would be helpful for me if you can make a note of which rooms have big windows or sunlight coming in the windows at the time when we will be having our session. These tend to be the best rooms to photograph in.
I need you to be my main assistant
Although these sessions are for photographs of your children, I'll need your help to make them a success. Believe it or not, you are the most fun and interesting person your baby or child knows, you know how to make them giggle, what sorts of things they are interested in and you can spot a mood change a mile away! Before our session starts it will be helpful if you could email and let me know your child's likes and dislikes and also think about the sort of things that might keep them engaged. I aim to get some classic portraits of them as well as some 'action' shots. If you have a baby I'll aim to get some photos of their milestone moments, sitting, standing, crawling, cruising or walking. Every single child is different and some are wary around strangers, if your child or baby doesn't like being separated from you, I can take lots of lovely photos of them in your arms, I'll need you to be my chief tickler, cuddler, horse or aeroplane (should the need arise!).
Do I need to tidy up for an in-home session?
You do not need to de-clutter your entire home before a session, (after all your house reflects your unique personality which is what makes in-home sessions so great) but you just need to be aware that whatever is in the room will end up in the frames I shoot.
I'm worried my children will not want to smile for the camera or misbehave
Please rest assured that I don't want your children to be anything other than themselves. I don't need them to sit still or 'be good', I have a 2-year-old and a 3-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. Please do not bribe your children to behave for me, I find this never works (especially if sweets are involved). Of course you know your children best and if you want to give them something as a treat at the end of the session, that is entirely up to you.
I find it helps (especially with toddlers and babies) if they have had a nap prior to our session and are well rested. It's always a good idea to have snacks and a drink on hand if we need to take a break for little ones to refuel.
What should my child wear?
I get asked this question a lot, and my standard response is: whatever you would like for them to be wearing in your photos. I want to provide you with photos that reflect your own personal style and child's personality. Co-ordinating colours often a good idea for sibling photos, and (if you want to) you can find lots colour palette ideas on Pinterest. My top tip would be to go and look in your wardrobe and pick out clothes that reflect your family's style, if that happens to be a brightly-coloured top or your child refuses to get dressed unless they are wearing a tiara and spiderman costume combination, I'll find a way to make it work!
When will I get my photos?
I promise to get your full gallery to you within 7 days of your session. I normally do an initial edit and I like to post some of my favourites on my social media accounts as this helps me promote my business. If you do not want me to share your photos, please do let me know. Your gallery will be live for three months so that you can download, save and print your photos.
One last thing before you go...
If you haven't already done so, please would you email me with your mobile phone number, the names of your family members and (if you have the time) a little bit about your family. Knowing these things in advance helps me to get the most out of your session and capture unique images that reflect who you truly are, right now.
If you have any further questions or want clarification on anything mentioned above, please do not hesitate to message, call or email me. I can't wait to meet you and photograph your family!