Newborn sessions can take 1 to 2 hours – it all depends on baby’s mood on the day. There will most likely be a little bit of crying involved as it’s a new situation for a baby but once they settle to sleep they are happier and I can work quickly to get the images you’ll love. If baby doesn’t sleep – don’t worry – not every baby will settle in a photosession situation but the younger they are the better the chances. What if baby is very unsettled? – That’s OK – just bring along a long sleeve plain black longsleeve T-shirt and we can use mum or dad as the backdrop.
Babies and toddlers often have a short attention span and generally will only stay interested for around 40 – 50 minutes so kids sessions rarely last longer than that. If your little one is not yet walking it generally happens indoors. There will be a number of different backdrops used and possibly a few low key props as well and I will move quickly to keep your little one interested and get some awesome shots. For outdoor sessions there will be a lot of tickling and playful running around to catch the smiles.
The length of a family photo session or a session involving older children is around 1 hour. It allows for up to 4 – 5 people to be involved and is usually held at an outdoor location because I think natural light is flattering for every age group. Try not to wear too much black and try to check all members of your group are wearing clothes that look OK together. These photo’s might be on your walls for a few years….its best just to have a quick check in the mirror and see if anyone looks out of place with what they are wearing.
This is an opportunity to get to know your photographer better, build trust between you and get some great pre wedding images. Its also great to get in a little practise in front of the camera if you’re generally a little camera shy. The only person you spend more time with on the day of your wedding is actually your betrothed so knowing this person a little better will make for a more comfortable and relaxed experience – minus awkward moments!
Naturally you want to look your best for a photo session so here’s some tips on choosing what to wear. Obviously if you’re looking me up for a wedding these guideline may not apply.
-Colour is good – just not too many together
-Try not to wear all the same colour unbroken by anything else – like all black
-Patterns are fine just don’t put too many patterns together otherwise your eyes won’t know where to look when you get the images back!
-For bubs simple clothing that looks smart but comfortable and is easy to get them in and out of quickly.
-With children let them help you choose what they shoulds wear as it will say something about their personality and age or stage – like the 4 year old girl who gets around in fairy outfits ALL the time is fine – just make sure its clean and fits fairly well. If you little one chooses a dress up or something you’re not sure about bring some alternatives and I might be able to coax them into something else if their first choice isn’t quite right.
-With groups/families just check there are not too many clashing colours and patterns in the group
-Try to avoid any clothing with large lettering or logos as they tend to date quickly
-Most importantly try to make a clothing choice you feel comfortable wearing. There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable while having your picture taken