PLANNING YOUR FAMILY PHOTO SESSION
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are getting ready for your family photo shoot
Family, a sweet tangle of love and chaos
Family isn’t something you ‘do’, it’s your life. Family photo sessions are not about looking into the camera and saying ‘cheese’, it’s capturing where you all are in the present moment in life. The unbreakable bond that holds you together.
As a mum myself, I know how time flies, watching the kids grow and change so quickly before our eyes, fervently wishing that we could freeze moments in time. No matter how old you or your children are, whether they’re 5 or 30, don’t let life get into the way!
Get together, cuddle each other, let the kids goof around, bribe the little ones with ice cream, bring the dogs… Let’s get you all together and celebrate the warmth and love of your family.
my philosophy is simple
Simple looks, natural organic backdrops and lots of real emotions – cuddles, laughs, messing around – you are fee to do anything that makes your family what it is.
The best photo session happens when we go with the flow. I will still guide you through expressions and better angles where necessary. I encourage you to embrace your natural personalities, let your kids be kids, let them run, don’t force them to look into the camera and produce a stiff smile – it’s not what you want to see in your portraits. Show me your realness, a bit of your family mess and lots of smiles and cuddles.
HOW LONG DOES THE PHOTO SHOOT SESSION LAST?
Because no family is the same, photo sessions run slightly differently and take different amount of time – I photograph until I know that we’ve got what we need. All my sessions are always very well organised and easy for you. Be prepared to spend between 40 – 90 minutes all in all.
Considering my suggestions and colors is the ultimate way we can achieve timeless and coordinated to look that won't go out of date.
What to wear
What to wear for a photoshoot is one of the questions we get asked the most often and rightly so, because how you dress for a photoshoot can have a big impact on the images we create for you.
YOU DON’T NEED TO BUY NEW CLOTHES.
I’m all about being who you truly are. Think about being the best versions of yourselves during your family photo session. That does not mean going out and purchasing five new outfits. In fact, I suggest you to look in your closet and pull out the outfit that is your very favorite. Everyone has a go-to outfit that they choose when going out with friends, the outfit that fits perfectly and makes you feel fabulous and reflects who they truly are at this stage in life.
DON'T MATCH. COORDINATE!
Coordinate colours with the family, not match, when you are deciding what to wear for photos. Start with yourself – choose your favourite dress (I believe that the Mum needs to be an absolute star looking gorgeous and confident, rocking the photos) and pull colors from your outfit to dress and layer everyone else. Layering can make a huge difference in tying in all the colors. Make sure the colors don’t clash, the more we can have these colors complement each other the better.
Natural colors, earthy tones. If you are confused how to coordinate the colors, I suggest wearing any combination of earthy colors complementing the natural elements around us (cream, gray, tan etc) . It is pretty hard to mess that up and looks good in almost every setting. This timeless look is easy to pull together, and (bonus!) dads love looking comfortable and not all dressed up.
Keep it simple and clean. I like the focus to be on the emotion and connection of the family. Solids and muted prints work well for that. Skip logos (like famous massive Polo Ralph Lauren) and words as they draw the eye. Floral patterns look great when mixed with your partner’s solid color outfits. However, keep patterns to a minimum, consider playing with textures instead. We want your family to be the star! The clothing should coordinate, not take over.
Bring more clothes so we can mix and match various looks! There’s no limit on the number of outfit changes, so we can try on all of your new and old dresses – how exciting!
If you’re not the type of family who likes being barefoot, be sure to keep your footwear in mind. Nothing will throw your look off more than a tired pair of shoes. I personally prefer barefoot families in photos (it feels less formal), if you are with me, don’t forget to take care of your toenails!
What NOT to wear
Business attire is something that I wouldn’t recommend you wearing for any session other than personal branding one.
Restricting fashions and fabrics. If you feel stiff in your clothes you will look stiff in photos. Go with comfortable options.
Active wear and other types of sport clothes.
Busy pattters and large logos.
Runners is a no.
Family photography in Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne
What kind of family photography do you offer?
Through our family portrait photography sessions, we capture the warmth and precious moments of your family spending time together, mums and dads’ connections, mums with their mum and daughter/s – capturing all the generations photo session. Whatever stage in life you’re at and whatever age your children or grandchildren are, I would be delighted to photograph your bond and create beautiful artwork for your family to have forever. And of course I’ll take care of little details for you so that everyone enjoys their bespoke photo session experience.
Are you going to pose us for the photos?
Yes and no. I want you to be yourself, candid and relaxed. I want to see some raw moments and interactions – lay on the grass, be silly (I will be too), tickle your kids, tickle your husband even more, give cuddles to all of the above – do whatever you feel like doing – just be yourselves, because that’s photographer’s gold!
I will gently guide you through posing and expressions, just to make sure there isn’t any over-the-top awkwardness, if you’re feeling flustered. Want a classic sitting portrait? We can do that too! Don’t believe the old stereotype that studio portraits are overposed and artificial – classy and timeless art it will be, trust me.
My husband and I don’t like to have our photo taken...
I hear you guys. Connection and trust foster the foundations for a great photography experience and that’s why we’ll make sure that we’re a good match for each other prior to your booking. Most clients tell me that they don’t like to be photographed, but by the end of their session, they’re having so much fun that they don’t want to stop and rave about how easy and enjoyable it was – even the husbands do! So, trust me, you’re not alone, but know that having your photos taken doesn’t have to be awkward. You are in capable hands of your soul mate (behind the lenses), who knows how to make the process easy and enjoyable for everyone. I’ll make sure you have a really, really great time!
Do you do studio photography for families?
Yes, I absolutely do! You are welcome to explore my cosy little studio which is located on the Carrum beach front (I’ve got an amazing view) or we can transform your home into our family photo studio!
I recommend in-home photo sessions for special occasions. Just moved into your dream home? Let’s celebrate it and do a photo session in your new house!
Where are you based? Do we need to travel for the photo shoot?
Located in Melbourne’s beautiful Carrum Beach, I do most of my family lifestyle photography sessions right here or across spectacular destinations in Mornington Peninsula – lucky, the Peninsula offers tons of incredible places, parks and landscapes, which make for fantastic photography backdrops.
We’ll choose the location for your family portrait photo session based on your personal preferences. It can be my cosy studio, your home or any place that is meaningful to you.
Can you photoshop us?
While I’m happy to do some touch-ups on skin blemishes and imperfections, I won’t alter the way you look. Please let me know if you have any concerns before the photo session and I’ll do my best to eliminate it with thought out poses – otherwise, yes I can work on concealing it in Photoshop and I’m damn good at it.