Trust me, I don’t ask you to pose. I hear you when you say you don’t want those tired and staged images of everyone looking at the camera saying cheese. I hear that you don’t want that same old photo that everyone has had done just because it’s apparently what a family photoshoot means.
I’m not about cliches or fake smiles or posing. At all.
In fact, I really turn into a fly-on-the-wall photographer, capturing the best moments without having to intervene. I find it’s the ordinary moments that become extraordinary. A gentle pat on your son’s head as he passes by. An irresistible kiss on your daughter’s shoulder as she shows you the really interesting leaf she just found. It’s the look you give dad when you see your children messing about and having a great time.
All these connections, and moments, are what I love to capture on camera. To stop time and remember how it was to be you. I really don’t think there’s any need to pose you, as you’ll already do everything that’s needed to look great on camera, without even realising it!
The ‘family portrait’
Some families prefer all of their images to look natural and candid, i.e. absolutely no looking at the camera at all and it’s just me photographing them going about their business with no direction or instructions from me. That’s fine and you end up with some amazing images.
Others would like me to take a few of the family unit together, a moment in time where you’re all purposefully together and saying, ‘hey, this is us’.
Most families like a combination of both: the unplanned, unstaged images as well as a few more purposeful and ‘together’ shots, probably where one or more of the family are looking at the camera but in a totally relaxed way.
There’s no right or wrong way of doing things, it’s purely up to you and I can of course help you work out what you like best before we go ahead, so I know what to plan for. The best family photographers will always help you decide what type of session you’re after.