How does it work?
Prior to every appointment I will call or email you to discuss what you would like from the session. I can answer any questions you or I may have. I have found from experience that a quick 10 minute chat or email allows me to be well informed. I can then hit the ground running and you get the most from your photography session. I will also send a link before the session, to allow you pay a booking deposit.
I will arrive at your session on time. (I am always on time but if I am running more than 10 mins late I will let you know).
Ready Steady Click
It is great if everyone is ready when I arrive, especially where children are involved. I find some of the best, most natural photos are captured in the first 15 minutes of me being in the house. The novelty wears off pretty quickly if you are a small child. So to get the most from your session, please try to be ready when I arrive (well as best you can, I am a parent too and I know that sometimes the best laid plans can come undone). I would also ask you to let everyone know that I am coming, so that it is not a surprise for them. See top tips
When do I get my Pics
After the session, I will contact you with your gallery by email (within 1-3 weeks). If you are on a print package, you will need to choose your images from this gallery. You can then email your selection to me and I will organise the printing, (this takes approx a week to 10 days) .
If you are on a digital package, your images will be available to download when I send you your gallery. You can then save, share and print as you want.
I know offer a combination package with both print and digital images. You will have your images to download and you also get professional prints. The best of both worlds.
Frequently asked questions
Is my house suitable?
As regards, the house, I can work around any house, so don’t worry about that. If you want you could remove some of the cluttery stuff. However, to me, a house is a home so don’t feel it has to be clutter free. I am not there to record the house, I am there to record you and your family in your home. As I try to use natural light as much as possible I would ask that all curtains and blinds are as open as much as possible. I also find that there is even more light upstairs, so if you could have some of the bedrooms ready that would be great.
Before the session it is worth thinking about any images you especially want, for example mum and daughter. Photo Sessions can be busy and the time passes quickly, if I have a list of images beforehand it makes it easier to achieve them on the day. Then all you need to do is to concentrate on looking great in your photos
What about the kids?
I am used to working with children of all ages, I have three children myself and 26 nieces and nephews. Some of the most boisterous, fun filled sessions result in the most natural photographs, so let them enjoy it and relax
Top Tips for your photo session
- Try to have everyone fed and watered before the event and be mindful of babies’ nap and feeding times when booking.
- What to wear, whatever you are comfortable in. Logos tend to date, so it is best to avoid them. It can be nice to coordinate a little bit, for example pick 3 or 4 key colours that everyone wears 2 or 3 of, that way it is coordinated without being too matchy. check out my blog on what to wear for more information. https://www.avrilokennedyphotography.ie/what-to-wear/
- Enjoy it!
What age is the best age to book your photo session?
Now! It is always great to capture the new addition to your family at any stage. Below is an overview of what works at each stage. You can also check out my top tips on newborn photography in my blog https://www.avrilokennedyphotography.ie/top-tips-for-newborn-baby-sessions/
Newborn up to 8 weeks
I love these sessions and would have loved pictures of my girls at this stage, however I wasn’t that organised. I always work around the baby, so don’t feel any pressure, these session can take a bit of time. I would recommend to have the baby fed and changed just before the session, if you can (I know this does not always go to plan). If you would like your baby photographed in their bare skin, (these can be lovely photos especially in black and white). I would recommend having them undressed at the start of the session, insuring they are warm and comfortable. If you would like some photos of the baby dressed too, please have whatever they are going to wear ready. I will bring a bean bag to position the baby and some blankets/rugs, however, I don’t bring any props. I try to keep the photos as natural as possible, this also allows to have family pictures in the series that are in keeping with the baby photos. Check out my blog on Newborn Sessions for more information. https://www.avrilokennedyphotography.ie/top-tips-for-newborn-baby-sessions/
Babies at this stage are beginning to become more alert. They will have lost their new-born look and are beginning to look more like themselves. Although they may be more alert they may not be that interactive yet, so smiles are not guaranteed but often achieved.
14 weeks – 9 months
This is a lovely age to photograph, the babies are very interactive. It is lovely to capture older siblings playing with them and the reactions they get, as well as the fantastic smiles they give their parents. At this age, they can get tired quickly, but I work fast and the session is generally done within an hour
10 months – 18months
As babies become more aware of everyone around them, they can make strange. Having a session at home, helps a lot as their surroundings are familiar, however they can still make strange. I generally take the session a bit slower so that they are comfortable with me. It is a lovely time to capture them at play and that developmental stage that they are at. A set of keys can hold their interest for ages! A mix of candid shots is guaranteed along with your family portraits
This is a great stage, they are full of character and energy. Yes toddlers may not always behave but the session will be long enough to get some great photos. It is best to let them know that I am coming so that it doesn’t come as a surprise to them and upset them.
There is not much preparation necessary for this group, however, as with the toddlers make sure they know that I am coming, on occasion the ‘surprise’ of the photographer can make it difficult at the start of the session. In general older children love it, they are great at interacting, taking (some) direction and having fun with the session.
Tweenagers and beyond
This age can be difficult as children become more self-conscious. I try to make the session fun and weather permitting I try to bring some of the session outdoors. I think children of this age tend to relax more outdoors, the sense of space puts everyone at ease.
(yes you get some tips too)
The main tip I can give is to relax, try not to be too self-conscious but to enjoy the session. I tend to concentrate on the children, making them laugh etc., All you need to be is ready for the photograph. When I am taking photographs of your children on their own, please try not to distract them, the best photographs result when the children are interacting with the photographer, so try to leave me to engage with them and get them to relax.
(I would also ask that if you have offered a reward for good behaviour that it is not mentioned during the photography session, the children can become very distracted by the reward once it is mentioned)
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