WHAT TO DO IF KIDS ARE NOT IN THE MOOD
Firstly, don't stress. It happens. Some children feel shy, let alone camera shy. Others get overexcited! No two sessions are the same. There is no right or wrong way for your children to feel. There are plenty of ways to break the ice, a game or a conversation, an activity that they love. Music can also be a wonderful distraction. With a bit of space and time we can create some beautiful portraits together, without upsetting anyone, as long as we stay flexible and respectful of everyones needs. Remember, not all portraits have to be of our children smiling. Sometimes the 'real' or in between moments are even better.
WHAT TO DO IF IT RAINS
If you are having an in home session then a spot of rain won't cause any dramas. For an outdoor session however it can be a bit more challenging. I am for the most part happy to still go ahead and brave the weather. It can be a fun way to spend a rainy day and very memorable. I always have some nice umbrellas I can bring along to the session, you just bring your gumboots! If the weather is very windy or stormy and would effect the quality of the photographs I will suggest either a change of venue for the session or reschedule it to my next available date.
WHAT ABOUT THE FAMILY PET?
Yes! I love pets and I am more than happy to include pets as part of your in home photography sessions. It also may be possible at location sessions, depending on the particular location. Just be sure to let me know the details when you book.
WHAT TO WEAR TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION
I really don’t feel comfortable telling you what to wear, kind of goes against my whole philosophy of capturing honest, natural portraits. That said, so many people ask me what they should wear that I thought maybe I could offer some helpful tips (with the help of some of my fave films.)
Avoid matching outfits. You know the whole jeans with white shirts look? It looks ridiculous. Just don’t do it.
(Unless your matching outfits are red adidas tracksuits or you are going to do a choreographed dance routine then by all means DO IT.)
Avoid logos, words or pictures on t-shirts. Stripes, polka dots and patterns are great but logos, words and pictures on t-shirts are distracting and just don’t work well in portraits, (except when they do).
Layer your clothes and mix complementing colours and textures. For example for boys have a t-shirt under a shirt, for girls have a cardigan over a dress. This not only looks good but allows for more variety in your session as you can take a layer off for some photographs.
It is especially important to think about contrasting textures (or different fabrics) if, like me, you LOVE black and white prints. Things like knits, lace, pleats, scarves can create interest and look great in black and white.
(Not too many layers though please people. That would be silly.)
Wear a few accessories that say something about you. These add to the personality and visual interest of the portraits.
It should be things that are comfortable to wear and, especially where babies are concerned, feel natural on. We don’t want them pulling them off throughout the session!
Shoes. Think about them. Many don’t. You can make some awesome statements with just your shoes. Just saying’…
Don’t go too formal but equally don’t go too casual either.
“I don’t know, that’s just like, your opinion, man.” The Dude, The Big Lebowski
Yes. Yes it is.
Do you have signature item that is just so you. Then why not wear that.
Like this guy rocking his hat, flannelette shirt & cigar while riding his ride on. Living the dream man. Living the dream.
Dress for the weather. No one wants to be shivering in a strappy dress on the beach in winter. That is uncomfortable AND looks strange too. Why not go with a beanie and scarf instead? If it is wet out why not rock your gumboots? I always have nice brollies with me too.
Hope this gives you some inspiration of what to (and what not to) wear for your photography session. If not then just go watch these stylish films instead: The Royal Tenenbaums, Napoleon Dynamite, Lord of the Rings, Moonrise Kingdom, Ghost World, The Big Lebowski, The Straight Story, Bridget Jones’s Diary.
At the end of the day though please know that what you wear should express who you are. Above all you should feel comfortable as well as confident & stylish. If too much effort goes into dressing for a photo session it will look and feel contrived, which will come through in your photographs.
Oh and remember: Rules are made for breaking, (but if you are going to go ahead and break rules you better do it in style.)