Normal everyday home life is totally unique to you as a family and are brimming with precious moments!
SO WHAT IS DOCUMENTARY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY I HEAR YOU ASK?
You might think that everyday life at home isn't the type of thing you'd ask someone to come and photograph. Why would photos of eating lunch together as a family, making mess baking in the kitchen or putting wellies on for a family walk make for beautiful photographs? Well it's those little moments that are so beautiful and the most precious! Every day is filled with a countless number of shared moments between loved ones and it's those memories that we want to hold on to so dearly. Those memories of your kids nabbing all the cushions off the sofa to make a den, lego building, having dinner together or those close cuddles between parent and child. These are the moments that are so personal and special to you as a family and ones that I love to capture.
Documentary Family Photography is natural, unposed photography of your family doing life as you do it with very little direction from me. Basically you can just forget that I'm there and just be yourselves! I will capture those fleeting moments of life, those moments when you look back on in years to come will put a smile on your face and flood all those memories back.
As a mummy of two myself I've come to realise just how quick time flies by and these everyday precious moments of each stage of a child's life goes by in a flash and I so want to remember them by the photos I take of my children. I just love capturing the bond between parent and child, to capture the little ones personalities and nature. Being a documentary photographer means that my approach is to capture the real natural moments rather then focusing on posing.
This package isn't just for families, this can also be for couples who want to capture life together, to have a documentary style shoot of you chilling at home or cooking together (or while one cooks and the other watches with a glass of wine!) hanging out in the garden or going on your favourite walk. My sessions can either be held outdoors or in the home resulting in beautiful natural images which capture the essence
of your child and family.
TOP TIPS FOR A DOCUMENTARY FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT
1. HOW SHOULD I PREP FOR AN IN-HOUSE SHOOT?
The most important thing is that it looks like your home so please don't feel like it's got to be a show home! I would encourage a bit of tidying up just so that it doesn't look too cluttered for the photos. We want to concentrate on you as a family and not those dirty dishes in the sink but you don't have to go crazy!
2. WHAT ROOMS ARE BEST?
The rooms which have the most natural light with windows are best as it gets the best results. So if that's your bedroom, kitchen or lounge we'll spend the most of the time in those rooms. We can also take some shots outside if it's not too cold or wet! Don't worry if you feel like you don't have much light, I will always find some way to take some great shots!
3. WHAT TO WEAR?
You can be smart or casual, it's totally up to you! I'd always encourage clothes that arn't too busy in colour or patterns as it can take away
but the most important thing is that you all feel fab and comfortable in what you're wearing!
4. WHAT DO WE DO?
Totally up to you! The approach to the photoshoot is to capture you as you are so that can be anything from your morning routine of breakfast, colouring on the kitchen table and brushing your teeth or have an activity that you all love to get stuck into like baking, building lego or being outdoors playing or go for a walk. Anything that represents you as a family and that will flood back those precious memories when you look back in years to come!
5. WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR FOR AT HOME DOCUMENTARY SHOOTS?
There isn't any bad season really for family at home shoots. The colder months are great as it means you don't have to be freezing away outside but the summer is also great as we can still have your photoshoot at a decent hour without having to keep the kids up to capture
the golden hour (golden hour is shortly after sunrise or before sunset, where you get stunning soft light which makes your photos
6. WHAT TIME OF THE DAY SHOULD THE SESSION TAKE PLACE?
I can be flexiable with timings as I know just how tricky it can with with little ones and their naps. I tend to like to start at 10am or an afternoon session at 2pm or to capture that golden hour in the evening shoot at 4pm or 6pm depending on when the shoot is in the year but I can be flexible to accommodate your schedule.
If this sounds right up your alley and would like to book then do feel free
to get in touch and we can chat some more!