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1. What to wear for your mini session
- avoid neon or bright colours that will cast a colour onto skin, this includes the inside of coats too.
- Avoid large logos, character tees, jumpers or coats. They just don’t look good in photos!
- Check clothes fit well and are free from holes, stains and aren’t thread bare!
- Accessorise with hats and scarves if you wish.
- Wear appropriate shoes for the weather and location.
2. Get an early night
3. Eat beforehand
4. Arrive early
5. Come prepared & have a gameplan
A few tips for during your mini session
Stay close to each other & always touch
Hold hands, snuggle, bear hug, carry toddlers & young ones, kiss with lips or noses, bend down to their level & make eye contact, put your hands on waists or shoulders. Make as much contact as possible and stay close together to really show the love and connection you have.
You don't always have to look at the camera!
Interact with each other: talk, look at each other, play, walk, look into the distance or point out things to children. These candid moments are the most natural and are often family favourites. You don’t always have to smile either! A set of photos that look the most natural are those with a range of normal facial expressions. I will ask you to all look towards to me at suitable moments and we will get natural portraits of you looking at the camera but we also want to capture natural, candid moments too for a varied gallery.
Let your kids play wild
It’s ok, they’re kids, they’re meant to run and explore! We’ll be aiming to get the family together portraits and kids on their own portraits at the beginning, after that let them be themselves, give them the freedom to play so I can capture them more naturally and candidly. Relax yourself too, play with your kids, snuggle, tickle or if they’re a bit older, talk, tell jokes, make fun, dance if you wish! Try not to tell them to say cheese or look at me, let me direct when I need to.
Relax! Dads, it will be over before you know it and you may actually find it painless! Mums, don’t worry, you are beautiful and your kids will thank you for being in the photos! Remember too that kids often respond better to the camera when parents aren’t looking. It’s ok to keep a slight distance or talk to your other half a moment while I chat to your child(ren), that’s often when I get the best portraits of them.
After your mini session
After your session, I carefully choose all the best moments captured and carefully hand edit each image in my unique style (which you can see on my socials and website!). If I have your consent to share, I may post one or two images on Facebook or Instagram as a sneak peek. Please follow me on Instagram and Facebook and let me know your IG handle if you would like to be tagged in these posts. (Clients are always asked for consent to share before sessions commence. Some clients prefer to keep their photos private.)
All final edited images (10-20) will be provided in a password protected gallery 1-2 weeks after your session. Your mini session comes with 5 high resolution images to download.
Additional digital files are available for purchase individually, in sets or you can purchase the entire gallery. Professional print packages are also available for purchase through the gallery.
I hope this blog post has been helpful and you feel prepared and confident about booking a mini session. I’m so looking forward to meeting you! As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions to ask!