Please do keep in mind travel times and give yourselves a little extra to reach our location.
Some parents like to get there earlier to let their kids run off a little steam, especially if you've travelled far. If you are driving, then do check parking options particularly if we're meeting in a busy London location such as Hampstead Heath.
Make sure you've all had a snack before and don't forget to bring water with you, your session will be anywhere up to 2 hours and you'll all need to keep hydrated.
We also might be in a remote area so a bathroom stop before you arrive is always a good idea.
When you arrive we'll have a chat and explore a little. It's a good time for me to get to know your children too. Together we'll spend the session just having fun while I work my magic capturing memories for you. There's nothing forced or to posed, although I will direct you a little.
When it comes to your family session remember there are no right or wrongs - there's simply you, your family and your unique story.
Outdoor session guide
I'm so happy you've booked to have a session with me. Below is a little guide I've put together which includes some tips that may help answer questions you have. If theres anything you're still unsure of, please do send me an email or let me know if you'd prefer a call to run over things.
We'll be meeting at the location picked during your booking. I'll be keeping an eye on the weather and will contact you a few days before your session to confirm. As long as there isn't rain, we're okay to go ahead. If rain is forecast then we will discuss rescheduling your session.
On the day
Some of my favourite outdoor shots are of families cosied up together on a blanket or throw. I have a few neutral coloured ones I can bring to our session with me if you don't have one you can grab from home.
If you are bringing your own then neutral coloured or soft patterned throws work really well.
Keep it cosy
SPRING / SUMMER
Light flowing materials create beautiful movement in shots and are flattering. Think long skirts, flowing dresses or tops.
Earthy or light colours work very well as do pretty patterns or florals.
AUTUMN / WINTER
Wools and knits create beautiful texture in photographs. It's also a great time to layer with different colours and items of clothing.
Richer colours are really lovely this time of year; mustards, forest greens and reds.
WHAT TO AVOID:
Dressing everyone matchy-matchy (like jean & white shirts - it's not the 90's!)
Strong/bold stripes or spots; we all know they accentuate all the wrong areas.
Tight or short clothing. We’ll be moving around a lot during our session, so keep comfortable and avoid anything restrictive.
What to wear
Don't underestimate the importance of clothing. You've invested in a session, so make sure you think this one through. After all, these photographs are going to outlive you and me, so do prepare before the day.
Below I’ve included some information on what works and what is best to avoid. It’s relevant to both you as parents and your little ones, and it doesn't matter if your style casual or quirky, these tips should apply to everyone.
I never want a family to dress in something they feel uncomfortable in. My main focus is on capturing real connection and emotion with you. Most importantly, you absolutely do NOT have to match. In fact, I would encourage you not to.
If you're having trouble deciding what to wear then thinking about the season is a great place to start. Colours are most important, for example you don't need to all be in blue. Instead think about complimentary colours and tones.
Autumn and Winter sessions are a perfect time to wear those richer tones like burnt orange, deep reds and forest greens. It's also a wonderful time to layer up with woollens, coats and accessories like hats and scarves.
Summer and Spring time typically means light flowing materials with perhaps florals or soft patterns.
As a general rule I do suggest avoiding any black clothing.