Below are some tips to prepare you for your session, to help make it run as smoothly as possible!

 

For All Sessions

  • Make sure you are dressed and ready! Hair done, make up done!  That goes for everyone involved in the shoot!
  • Really think about the type of photographs you would like taken and who you want in them. I will give you a call a few days before hand to discuss these with you, but if you come up with more ideas on the day, I will do my best to incorporate them.
  • Make sure those in the photos have similar tones of clothing - all pastel, all pale, all vibrant. This will make sure that everyone in the photo shares the limelight! Avoid too many patterns if there are multiple folks in the shot and make sure there is not a mix of black and white clothing in the shot - the camera finds it difficult to cope with such extremes of tone.

Sessions at Home

  • Chose somewhere with as much natural light as possible, if you can.
  • Decide on where you want the photos taken and remove as much excess clutter as possible.  It should be somewhere without too many distractions as you want the main subject to stand out, not be hidden among nick nacks!
  • Remember you can use the garden too.
  • The portable studio is limited in the backdrops - high key (white background lots of light - great for vibrant shots) and low key (black background, lower light levels - great for soft focus and arty shots).  If you would like both as part of your session, please remember that the backdrop and lighting will have to be changed over and this will take a few minutes to set up. Also remember that you may need to change your clothing, depending on the backdrop used.

Sessions on Location

  • Please think about your chosen location and ensure there is somewhere where photographs can be taken in all weathers – shade from bright sunshine and shelter from the rain.
  • Also consider getting to the location – I am happy to travel, although I may have to charge mileage if it is over 20 miles away.

 

Photographs of Children

Newborns

  • Get me booked and ready to come out to you as soon as possible after your baby is born.  Let me know your due date so I can know when to expect your call.
  • These are best taken between days 5 and 15, as the skin is very soft and newborns once fed, get ‘milk drunk’ and are generally more compliant about having their photograph taken.  Therefore it is best that these photos are taken right after a feed.
  • You usually get between 20-30 minutes of good photography before newborns require a feed or a cuddle, so we will make sure between us that we have everything we need before we start to get the most out of that time.
  • Make sure your house is very warm.  Newborn shots are great when the baby is naked, or simply wrapped in a soft chunky blanket.
  • Consider who else will be in the photo and how they are dressed as well - Parents and newborns, skin to skin, make beautiful photos, regardless of mum or dads size or shape, there are fantastic shots to be had.
  • Make sure a feed is on hand - whether that be Mum or a bottle, just in case.

Babies and Toddlers

  • Toys, snacks and comforters - anything that will keep them happy and distracted.
  • Make sure that the session is booked for after a nap and a meal/snack, so they are not tired or hungry.
  • Have a change of clothes on hand, in case of any accidents.

Older Children

  • Some children are not so comfortable in front of camera. Natural shots work best in these instances, so if you have a particularly shy child, a shoot at home is often the best idea.

 

Pregnancy and Boudoir Photography

  • There is generally a lot of skin on show in these types of photos, so you want it to look as fabulous as possible.  Therefore, for the three hours prior to the shoot, it is advised not to wear anything that will leave marks on your skin - tight waistbands, elastic cuffs etc. and if you are having completely naked shots done, then no bra or knickers either.
  • Please bring with you/have on hand, all the items you wish to wear in the shoot. You can have as many changes as time allows, but it is best to pick a maximum of three or four different styles.