Why you should enjoy your Family portrait session and not stress over the kids......
I love family's who think that no Brisbane Family photograph will be able to succeed in successfully capturing a family portrait of their family.
How many times have you opted not to do something because you just know the kids will misbehave and you just know that you don't have the energy to handle the outbursts?
sometimes no matter how prepared you are for family session, having snacks for the kids, drinks, a bride item ready to use once your little angles decide that they no longer want to smile, start to cry or even throw the good old tantrums which just end up deflating you.
When family's come to the studio parents most of the time walk in and say "I hope you can get some good photos of the kids " oh no the day hasn't started well, I can see stress on their faces, dads are more noticeable. they are not very successful in hiding stress
You will think I am crazy as all I will do is smile at you and say "we will get amazing images you don't have to worry about anything". when you arrive we have a quick chat on about your home, colors, style and your family image you want to achieve. All of this will be already answered on a questionnaire that is sent to you. this give your kids a few minutes to settle down and get a little excited about having some photos take.
Once we are ready I will always take the family images first as this is when the kids are most cooperative and happy to smile and be silly, plus they always love to see the photo on the back of my camera, this then gets them a little more excited to have another photo take. Some times one photo is not enough as one child will look one way and the other will drop the smile.
This is where my don't worry you will get your family images. due to my advanced editing skills I will if I need to combine one or t images together to get the perfect family Image
Can you tell who wasn't behaving in the below image? Mum was so worried that I wouldn't able to capture any images, I got a mixture on one or 2 people smiling in each photo, I showed mum this image and she was so shocked and happy that I created this amazing family image as she remembers how the day ended up turning out
Here is another one. We have 3 family members smiling in one image and and one with their eyes closed in another. Can you see who had their eyes closed? Mum loved this image but wasn't happy about one part of it, one of the kids had just closed there eyes as the shutter was released, I could see her hart sank a little. once I told her I can make this image amazing she was so happy to have this images saved and printed
There are some example of family's having a little help to have the perfect family Image. These are all your photos, just sometimes the best ones have another person looking away, blinking, starting to talk or decided to move a arm at the wrong time. Being able to edit your images for you is a love of mine.
Below are some examples of the kids who didn't want to be photographed together as the big sister or brother wouldn't sit next to their sibling. this is where I concentrate on a set up and taking the images individually to create an amazing sibling portrait, lets face it kids can be the most stubborn little humans around. plus taking their images individually they relax and start to want to have photos taken again, then an amazing thing happens the one who refuses to be together changes their mind and we get them both together interacting with each other.
Just in case nothing works we have a bribe jar of lollies (lollies only if parents agree) and small toys (we all ways check with your first) for the kids and at the end of the session they get to pick on or 2 yummy little lollies or a toy, this also works, we try every trick in the book to get those images, but knowing that it is ok if we don't
But rest assured if this doesn't happen you will have a beautiful sibling portrait
so if you are worried and this is a small reason to avoid a family portrait session, there is now no need to put it off. you will have your gorgeous family images and your happy smiling kids, as a happy and as smiley as they can be on a beautiful keep sake printed image, yes you will remember and probably tell your kids when they are older that you were lucky your found a professional family Photographer who was able to make magic out of their stubborn side.
I just love photographing kids, I haven't had any family's that have had to come back to re shoot their session, I see the look in the parents faces or just relief when they know they wont need to go thought that again, having you leaving and trusting me to show you your perfect family images makes my heart swell.