I figured it was about time that I caught up and put pen to paper so as to speak so I’d like to chat with you about Family Photography.

With every booking I always like to prepare my clients for their shoot.  Usually what to wear is a hot topic, what to expect from me and what they need to do, to name but a few.  Questions evolve from these points which I think would be lovely to share with you too.  In case you are thinking of refreshing your family photos these subjects may help you to decide.  Feel free to ask your own questions in the comments below, would be lovely to hear your thoughts.

Will our shoot be outdoors or in a studio?

My personal preference to family photography is outdoors in the fresh air.  I always remember as a child being taken to the local photographers studio with my sister all dressed up in our Sunday best with our new hair cuts (my fringe was always too short!!) and then positioned very unnaturally in bright light and told to smile!  Some people like the studio style of photography as it has moved on a lot since the 70’s!!  It’s not wrong, it’s just very different and not the style I choose.

I always love to chat with you about you and your family and the sort of things you like to do together, where you might visit as a family.  You might walk the dog in your local woods or park or go to a lake with the children.  There are so many places in Wiltshire, Berkshire and Gloucestershire to visit which make the most beautiful backdrops.  Natural light is so magical and pretty.  You could be anywhere, but if the sun is shining even on a crisp cold day your pictures will be stunning.

Below are a few images where we all went to a local woodland for a walk with the family pooch.  We had fun, got some fresh air and now they have a lush frame hanging in their lounge keeping those special memories alive.

Family Photography in the Woods

Family Photography in the Woods

Family Photography in the Woods

Family Photography in the Woods

Family Photography in the Woods

What do I wear, can you help me choose!

The answer to that is yes I can help you choose what to wear, I love that bit.  The decision around what to wear is not one to be taken lightly!  Making sure that colours work well together and don’t clash is very important.  For instance, you might like to wear stripes but your husband also has stripes on or even worse checks!!  In the picture above, the lady has a striped jumper but because its a light colour it works well with her husbands light jumper and her sons darker jackets.  You see, it all works in harmony!  In the summer time you have a little more choice.  You can wear whites and light pastel colours, bleached jeans or even, if your daring, shorts!

Tops with lots of writing on or branding is not a good idea, that is unless you really want to wear it and then we can blend it with everyone else; I’m sure we can make an exception or two!

In the winter you have the option of wearing layers which you can take off or tie round your waist or just wrap up with scarves and hats.  You see so many many options and ways of accessorising which all help you to feel comfortable and relaxed.

Below are some images from a shoot I did for a Mum and Dad who wanted pictures of their daughters, this was taken in the Summer, hence the shorts, at Lydiard Park in Swindon.  We named the shoot ‘Sisters’.

Sisters in the park having photo taken - photography by sally-anne

Sisters in the park having photo taken - photography by sally-anne

Sisters in the park having photo taken - photography by sally-anne

Sisters in the park having photo taken - photography by sally-anne

Sisters in the park having photo taken - photography by sally-anne

Sisters in the park having photo taken - photography by sally-anne

What can I expect before and during our family photography shoot?

I know that when I book something special I like to know the full details, what’s happening and when, don’t you?  This is why I treat my photography the same way, no misunderstandings or nasty surprises (not a fan of them!!).  I like to speak to you a few days before your shoot to make sure you are comfortable with timings, the weather and location and to allay any worries you may have.  I’ll also confirm the time, place and meeting point in an email just in case.

On the day of the shoot we meet up and quite simply go for a walk all together.  I’ll explain that I may ask you to stand near a tree or in long grasses or just walk together but at every step you’ll know what to do.  If I don’t think the light is right or the way you’re standing isn’t flattering or whatever, I’ll let you know.  After all, you want to love your images and not look at them and wince!!

Oh and yes, you have full license to be silly!  Lots of sillyness is required, lots of laughter and smiles is a pre-requisite for your family photography.  Laughter is after all good for the heart so lets make it infectious 🙂

So you see your questions are easily answered, there are no scary moments and if you decide to book me to capture those special family memories, you’ll never be asked to ‘give us a smile’, I promise!  Its all about having fun, spending some quality time together and being able to look back at your photos for years to come and be transported back to that exact moment.

If you’ve had a shoot in the past and would like to share your experiences with us write in the comments below.

It’s been lovely chatting and I hope to see you all again soon.

Take care

Sally-Anne x