People are often more relaxed being photographed in familiar surroundings. When shooting at an outdoors location it is better to bring too much than forget something.Outdoor locations, however ideal at the time of choosing, can be totally unsuitable on the day of the shoot. Not least because of the weather. Be prepared to be flexible.
What to wear
The best advice is to think what effect you are trying to achieve, and dress accordingly. In general: Solid colors are vastly preferable to stripes or distracting patterns. Medium tones are best. Black, White and Denim all look great.
Children are encouraged to go barefoot. Newborns look lovely without clothes.
Bright colors (as long as they are complimentary) work well on children but can be distracting on adults.
With groups there should be some uniformity, all casual, all formal, same color shirts etc.
Choose clothing in similar color or neutral tones so that no single member at the session stands out,because the clothing is too light or bright compared to the rest of the group.
For maternity shoots; Classic pure black or white are always excellent choices.
Many of the Mothers-to-be go for a simple white shirt. If you are uncomfortable being photographed in your underwear,then clothing which buttons up the front allows easy access to your bump, witch allowing you to feel more ‘clothed’.
Denim jeans can also look great on mothers-to-be as can white or black sleeveless tops.
If in doubt bring lots of outfits and we'll work on a suitable "look".
What to bring
Any clothing, props or drapery you feel you would like to use.
For children, favorite toys, various outfits, snacks.
For babies, everything for feeding and changing
As with all other sessions, it helps if you have an idea of what style of portrait you are looking for; casual, business-like, formal.
At home, in the studio or on location, we are happy to discuss your requirements and offer advice.
Family portraits can be simple mom, dad, child and pets (Pets only on location settings Not in studio) .
Small children and babies cannot be expected to be very co-operative in front of the camera. That’s why I try to keep the actual photography part of these sessions relatively short. Time spent by the photographer around the children before any shooting starts can help them to feel more relaxed as can being surrounded by favorite toys and playthings.
Also the familiarity of the home or well-known location is often a more sensible option than a studio.
Older children can be more patient; however, they may feel more self-conscious and again need to be made to feel at ease. At these sessions plenty of time is left for feeding, changing etc.
Although pregnancies last nine months, and sometimes it feels like it’s never going to end, it is really a very short time, and a maternity portrait can be the perfect reminder. This is the time when women are at their most feminine.
Probably the best time for maternity photos is from weeks 34 - 38
Clothed, semi-clothed maternity shots are all possible options for prospective mothers.
Some mothers are more comfortable having the shoot in their own homes. Others like the neutrality of the studio, again the choice is yours.
By all means bring your partner along. He doesn’t have to join in, but it’s always nice to include you both. If he can’t make it (or it’s a surprise for him), then we do suggest you bring someone with you – mom, sister or friend are always good choices.
And of course any other children are more than welcome to join in maternity sessions – though you may find them a distraction if you’re looking for some personal quiet images of yourself. It all depends what you are looking for from your pictures.