March 19, 2018
My take on family portrait photography
“Never work with animals or children”, they say. Well I do both. And I love it! My job is truly a privileged one which I will never tire of! If you have followed any of my previous blogs you will have noticed that much of my time is spent capturing brides and grooms-to-be, making the biggest commitment ever on arguably the most special and important day of their lives. This is an awesome honour for me to capture and, despite nearly two decades of photography under my belt, I still feel blown away every time a couple ask me to photograph their big day. Between weddings however, I am often found photographing glowing bump-laden mums-to-be, squeaky-new newborns, mischievous toddlers, sometimes harmonious / sometimes chaotic sibling combinations and character-filled families taking all forms, shapes and sizes. Sometimes the ‘family’ portrait shoot simply involves a single beloved pet, yet each and every opportunity to capture bonds of love between those considered precious, cherished and adored by their loved ones, is unique. It demands thoughtful preparation, good timing, the right environment and professional handling - to mention just a few of the key elements that need to be right when considering booking a portrait shoot. In this blog I will aim to unpack these elements a little to give you a headstart if you are thinking about why, how and when to have portraits taken. You need to feel confident about making the plans to capture your developing family in photographs and not fear the task and then miss the moments. Such crucial stages will be fleeting, can never be re-lived, and equally should never be forgotten, which is why now is the perfect time to get planning.