Roughly around 1.5 hours. Sometimes a little longer, and sometimes a little shorter. It really depends on the age and how many children I am photographing. It might seem like a long time, but my photoshoots are about having fun. They are about spending quality time with each other, with real laughter.
It goes without saying that the best light in the house is always Mum and Dad’s bedroom, so this is a place that I will often start shooting. I can do an entire photoshoot on Mum and Dad’s bed if this works for you. I always recommend freshly ironed white doona covers for these sessions, for a more timeless feel. If you don’t have white, lighter block colours are great to, along with simple patterns, or even patchwork quilts. Please try to avoid dark or bright colours that will reflect colour casts back up onto your faces. Also bold patterns or logos can be very distracting.
There are so many other things we can do just in your home, and here are some ideas that I love. What about baking a cake, or cooking your favourite snacks. Swinging on the hammock strung between the trees in your back yard. Feeding the chickens. Playing in the cubby house. Jumping into the pool, building a lego castle, or playing with the train set. Snuggling on the couch. Having a bubble bath. Skipping. Having a tea party on the back deck. The list goes on.
In home photography sessions are not about making it into the next edition of “Home Beautiful” – you really don’t have to have a perfect designer home. They are all about you, and what represents your world. Cleaning up, making beds and decluttering before I arrive helps me out a lot, but don’t stress too much. It is my job to spot distractions as we go.
I have lots of great ideas up my sleeve. Canberra has plenty of beautiful locations that include the lakes, rivers, forests, open paddocks. I am also happy to jump into your car and head up into the Brindabella’s, or Tidbinbilla, or out onto your property. If I am travelling to you, I will charge out of pocket expenses only.
When shooting outside, the best time to shoot is within the first two hours after sunrise, or the last two hours before sunset. I try my hardest to balance the needs of my smallest client’s nap times/bed times and witching hour, with golden hour or the time when the light is the most flattering.
I have much more flexibility with time when shooting indoors. I generally shoot anytime between 9am and 3pm. The only time when I can’t shoot indoors is when it is dark and stormy outside.
Oh yes indeed. I even love to include the 2 legged feathery members of the family. Chickens I mean.
Yes. I charge my out of pocket expenses only. I travel both within Australia, and Internationally.