I offer two different options for Family Photography. One is called lifestyle session which is held at client's home or someplace outdoors, with natural light and candid shots. The second option is a studio session at my studio in Richmond BC, with posed and formal shots in a neutral/plain backdrop. Both are different styles of photography, and below you will find more information about each of them to decide which one fits best your personal needs.
Lifestyle Family Sessions are held at your home or someplace outdoors when weather allows, so the whole family feels more comfortable to enjoy the photography session. It usually takes place in the nursery, living room and/or master bedroom and it lasts up to 60 minutes.
Don't worry if your house is messy, all we need for this at home lifestyle family session to be perfect is lots of love and lots of light, so make sure you open up the curtains because I'm pretty sure you already have the other one ready! The focus here is not just your baby, but everyone in the picture having a good time. I give direction and guidance to a point, such as positioning you in the best light, asking you to look at each other, look at your baby etc but mostly I am just creating a space and opportunities for connections to happen naturally.
Plan an activity. Perhaps we can make breakfast, or play your favourite board game during your session. How about playtime in a bubble bath? Get creative, I would love to hear your ideas for your photo shoot! The best photographs are often the ones where everyone is engaged or interacting with each other. Understand that not every picture needs to have everyone looking at the camera and smiling at the same time. If you are engaged as a family and loving on each other, your eyes will be on your family members and your smile will be natural. These are the photographs that you will cherish most because they depict your family connection and your love.
This session is not only for families with newborns and babies, I love working with older kids too!
If you are looking for fine art portraits of your family, a studio session might be the perfect option for you. This session includes posed shots of your family in a neutral/plain backdrop. This session lasts up to 45 minutes and includes parents and siblings shots.
This session is available for families with children from 3 months old.
I always tell parents, coordinate but don’t match. Choose a colour scheme – mix and match colours so that everyone flows and coordinates. Please visit my Pinterest Board for ideas and suggestions of what to wear on your lifestyle session: Wardrobe Ideas for Family Photos.
Before the session, we will chat about your goals for the session. This step is done via video call and through an online questionnaire. We will find a day and time that work for both of us to schedule your family lifestyle photography session. I will send you a “Preparation Guide” with more information about the session, how to prepare, what to wear, etc. Your booking is completed only after completing an online agreement and paying for the session fee, at least 48 hours prior to the session.
During the session have fun with your family! Don’t be afraid to pick up your children and toss them in the air. Give your wife a sweet kiss on the cheek. Tell your husband how much you love him and appreciate him for being there for your family. Have fun. Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Embrace. Kiss. Snuggle. Play. Doing these things will allow me to capture the emotion and true beauty of your family. Show me who you really are, so that I have the opportunity to capture your love through my lens!
After the session, we will meet again at my studio in 1-2 weeks for your View&Order appointment where you will select your favourite images from your session and I will assist you in designing artwork specific to your unique style. The editing process will take about 3 weeks after your selection.