Family is precious and ever-changing – your children are only as they are for a brief moment in time before moving on and leaving you with just memories and a strange yearning for what once was. It is my job to help remind you of what you are doing, why you are doing it and who you are doing it for:
This is what I do and that’s why I do it!
My style for lifestyle photography is more proactive than for weddings especially when photographing children. I like to get them involved in an activity that they enjoy doing and be guided by that. Sometimes this may involve a walk in the park with the dog, a trip to the zoo or exploring the garden. At other times it may just be sitting on the floor playing with some favourite toys or just sitting thinking. I may suggest different ideas of activities, but it is important that the shoot is led by the child. If children are happy and entertained, then magic moments happen and great images ensue.
My family photo shoots can consist of up to six people (if you require more, contact me to discuss). The usual is for parents and their children but it can include grandparents, aunties and uncles and cousins. Teens are sometimes awkward in these situations, but I am willing to photograph them separately in their own mini-shoot if they desire.
I can also give teens a totally separate portrait shoot. My teens photo sessions are designed with 13-18 year olds in mind. At this age they tend to be less enthused about traditional family photo shoots so I like to give them a more upbeat, fashion orientated shoot. Teens love to get dressed up in their favourite new outfit and I like to build on this, often using urban or rural backdrops. As with children, I let the teens guide the shoot. I try to find out what they enjoy doing and their personalities, so I may capture images that are true to them. Images that they would be proud to show off on Facebook and to their friends.