I want to capture that feeling of love you have for your children, and create photography so you can gaze at their beautiful faces forever.
Custom sessions are done on location, because outdoor shoots bring two huge advantages. Firstly, they are a familiar and fun environment for kids, and secondly we can incorporate the natural beauty around us in your photography. Custom sessions generally last 60-90 minutes but I will as long as possible to get your full wishlist of shots.
Expect fun, laughter and perhaps a monkey impression or two. To get genuine smiles we generate lots of fun, so I ask you to bring your funniest family jokes, catchphrases, and tickles for the little ones. My custom sessions are essentially just me joining you on a family walk. You won't have to stand still too long and you definitely won’t be asked to say cheese. I spend a lot of time not taking photos, to keep a relaxed vibe, and this is just as important for adults as kids. Whilst we walk around I am planning the shots on your wishlist whilst also constantly assessing composition and finding the the most flattering light to make you look your best. And we do move around a lot, it's very informal but I will give lots of guidance. Don't worry, clients are often surprised how much enjoy their shoot!
Custom newborn sessions are a bit different. To keep baby warm we are usually indoors, and I offer two types of session which you can find out more about here.
Once you have booked in, I'll arrange a telephone or email consultation to customise and plan your session. This is key to the shoot as we plan your wishlist of shots, which location will suit you best and discuss your children and their personalities. I will send over my What to wear guide with suggested colour palette customised to the season & the location of the shoot.
Now is a good time to think about what you want to get out of your shoot. Should you be planning some frames for your living room, let me know and we can use this information during the shoot. Or if your main priority is a large variety of images for an album we can structure your shoot a bit differently. It's not vital to decide this before the shoot, but always helpful to know if you do have items in mind.
AFTER YOUR SHOOT
After some magic with professional retouching and processing of your images, we will schedule your Order Session to take place about 2 weeks after your shoot.
Your Order Session takes place at your home at a time to suit you and I usually suggest a weekday evening after the kids have gone to bed.
Order Sessions are a lot of fun as you see your images for the first time and can view samples and discuss the best options for displaying your favourites. For family sessions you will see at least 40 fully edited images for you to choose from. Don’t worry - there is no hard sell. There is no obligation to purchase, but I know you are going to love your images.