For most people the thought of having a stranger come to their home and photograph them can be a little daunting, especially if you aren't exactly comfortable in front of a camera. You probably feel like your house is crap, you have nothing to wear and you worry that your kids will be absolutely out of control! Well I am here today to put your mind at ease, to give you the low down on what to expect and help you get prepared!
Lets start with the awkwardness of posing and the fear of the camera. It's a very real thing but with a lifestyle session the pressure is OFF! There will be no awkwardness or stiff poses. Instead there will be games and fun and laughter. There will be cuddles on the bed and tickles on the couch. With a little guidance from me, you will soon forget about the camera - that's a promise!! I love a chat & a good laugh, and that combined with many years of experience, enables me to gently direct you without you even noticing.
Now let's get your house sorted out! You absolutely do not have to have a home that is straight out of a magazine. If you do, well thats great. But it isn't necessary. Big or small, light or dark, modern or old, we will make it work and in fact no matter what your home looks like it will be the perfect backdrop for your session because it is the place where you will all easily relax & connect. It represents you as a family and when you look back in a few years time you will be so glad you had your session at home. There is very little you need to do to prepare your home for a lifestyle session. A quick tidy round to de-clutter and put things away that you don't want photographed is really all that is needed. When I arrive, I will get you (or maybe the kids!} to give me a little tour and from there we will work out what rooms we will use and where we have the best light etc. I generally use the master bedroom, nursery or kids rooms, and the main living area. Sometimes we might go outside too. I will possibly rearrange things a little to make sure we get a good composition and make the best use of the available light. And that's it ... too easy!
So now you are feeling pretty good hey? You feel relaxed about our time together, the house is sorted, now what to wear? I honestly have no real rules at all about this. Firstly I want you to be comfortable & I want you to feel good, so wearing what you like is really important. If I was going to give any advice it would be to dress for the situation ... so if you don't normally get around in a cocktail dress and heels, don't wear it. Another suggestion is to avoid clothing with busy graphics, advertising or heavy patterns as this can be a little distracting in your final images. Simple really!
And finally - the kids! You know the saying never work with children & animals, well there is a very good reason for that! Children are unpredictable and prone to laying on the floor sobbing or heading in an entirely different direction. And thats ok! It's normal. And I expect it. I have plenty of tips & tricks to get these little people doing exactly what I want and if that fails we do what they want! Either way, it will be ok.
Hopefully this blogpost has helped a little and put your mind at ease. Your session will be so much fun and a perfect opportunity to spend a couple of hours unplugged and all loved up together. What more could you ask for really? I look forward to hanging out with you at your session and if you haven't booked a session yet - GET ON IT!! Contact me here and lets get connected!!
Special thanks to the Devers family, featured below, for sharing their little beautiful little fambam with you all!