What to expect
You have an exciting photoshoot this weekend, now what?
Perhaps you've booked a photoshoot. Or you are thinking about it, but would like to know more...
A family photoshoot typically lasts an hour. However if there are lots of you, sometimes one and a half hours allows more time for a variety of pictures. Also good if you want a wide selection of pictures & take things at a slower pace.
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WHAT TIME WILL IT BE?
I will make the most of any lighting condition. But the best time to do a photoshoot is during 1-2 hours before golden hour, end of day or morning. Just before golden hour, the light is gorgeous & golden without being too intense. In Ireland, photoshoots can happen quite early in the day during the autumn and winter when the days are short. If its midday on a birthday or graduation or other event, I'll look for shady aspects such as by a tree or building. Inside locations are fine with window light. Sunlight is great but cloudy days can produce beautiful, vibrant pictures too. I check the weather conditions the week before scheduling an outdoor photoshoot. If it's lashing, or unpredictable, we can reschedule.
WHAT ABOUT THE LOCATION?
I will make the most of any location. A place you love & feel comfortable in as a family. Park, beach, or your own home, I arrive up to 15 minutes before the start time to make checks. I see how I can make best use of the environment for backdrops to pictures. Perhaps there is a cherry blossom tree in bloom. Or berries on a holly. I might notice an arrangement of paths, or a nice camera angle between trees. If it's your own home, I will want to check natural light, especially window light. Keep curtains and blinds wide open to let in lots of light!
WILL IT BE POSE, POSE, POSE?
No! Don't fret... I love natural, unscripted documentary style. But I will squeeze in some traditional portraits too. I LOVE classic child portraiture for Holy Communion & special occasions. Nothing too stiff, I like to keep things fun and stress free. Portraits can be as simple as sitting in a chair for a moment. Or your family close together in a frame. I love to pay attention to hand gestures. I shoot quite quickly to keep a flow. There are a few games and tricks I can use to "loosen" things up, make you forget you're being photographed. I also take advantage of unexpected moments. The baby might have fallen asleep in your arms. Your child wants to climb a tree. Your daughter wants a close up of her debs dress...
GAH! WHAT TO WEAR?
Being comfortable is most important. However, these are just some tips. Not perfectly matching, just complimentary. Complimentary colours spread across a family. For example, green, blue and brown can work beautifully. These natural colors will work especially well in an outdoor natural location.
More creative color combinations can also work. Just introduce a pop of the same colour across everyone. So the eye is drawn equally to everyone in the frame - not just grandpa Joe in his fave orange jumper!
Wardrobe changes can be as swift as swapping a coat, hat or shawl in an outdoor location. Or including a blanket to sit on for some seated pictures.
A newborn photoshoot? Keep is at natural as you'd like. Nothing wrong with PJ's. No need for makeup, either. Bare faced and natural is perfect. Practically no clothes if that's your jam
Two weeks after birth is a perfect time to schedule your brand new newborn. Newborns are still all curled up then
Newborns can look tiny and adorable on an adult bed. With you as well!
Blankets are great for baby to lie on. Reflections in mirrors are awesome. I will check out all the window light, and other available light sources, if its a newborn at home. Dress up or dress down, or stay in your PJ's.
WHAT ABOUT PROPS?
Blankets, particularly for an outdoor photoshoot, are comfortable for sitting portraits. Throws and blankets can be handy for an indoor photoshoot, too, draped across a sofa as a backdrop. If your child has a favorite toy, teddy bear or blanket, that can be included. However, the most important thing is always 100% YOU being YOU. Don't sweat it if you don't have time to prepare. The best moments are the unscripted, haphazard ones. The ones you CAN'T prepare for!
AND AFTER THE PHOTOSHOOT?
Exciting! I give the pictures a day to breathe, still on my camera. When I come back to them, I see them with fresh eyes. I download all the raw files off camera. I select the best 50- 60 pictures for your gallery. Black & white & color. About 1-2 weeks after the photoshoot, I send you the password protected gallery with a personalized cover. All pictures are fully edited. Those you choose will be retouched for blemishes on skin and clothes.
Packages include digitals as well as digitals & printed products. Beautiful gallery quality printing. Popular black & white & colour mat printing, as well as sheen. Bespoke matted albums, fine art books & mounted print boxes. Boxes, including clam shell boxes to hold your precious mounted prints. Choice of covers for books & albums, fabric & leather. Choice of colors. Cover personalisation styles. Handmade & shipped to Dublin.
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