The Photoshoot Experience

The photoshoot experience

A photoshoot should be a fun and enjoyable experience - even for people who don't like having their photo taken. Here is some information on what happens during a photoshoot.

The best time for portrait photography

A photographer's favourite time for outdoor portraits is early in the morning or late in the afternoon or evening. Families usually choose mid-morning because that seems to be a sensible time, but bright light causes harsh face shadows. If you do choose a sunny period, embrace the look by wearing bright, summery clothing.

Indoor photography can be taken at any time, but I usually prefer the hours when window light is the brightest.

Rainy days and sick babies

I completely understand that some days don’t work. Rain can pour down, or your baby can wake up sick. Rescheduling for any reason is fine, if you provide at least two hours notice. I love photographing on cloudy, drizzling days and some of my best shoots have been with storms approaching – but the choice is yours.

What happens during a session?

At the start of the photoshoot we meet at our designated location and have a quick chat. Session durations are flexible, allowing everyone to relax. If you have young children, I can work faster or slower, depending on their needs and interests.

I start by taking test shots, to check the light and camera settings. I do this throughout a session, if the light, location, or style of photography changes.

I then start working towards our goals. The photos that are most important to you will be taken first, however we can mix up the order if we need to. As your photographer, the most important thing to me is everyone is happy and relaxed. Photographs look better when people feel comfortable and know it is okay to be themselves.

More information

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