Once you've booked a session we'll have an initial call, around 15 - 20 minutes so as we both can get a good understanding of what it is you would like from the session.
This is something that you should think about but it's easy to forget.
Here are some things for you to consider:
The location is completely up to you, but depends a lot on the types of photographs you'd like captured. I can make some suggestions if you need some ideas. We'll cover this in the initial call ahead of the session but for now, here are some ideas.
A few advantages of a session indoors are:
The two types of indoor shoots you can choose from are:
Traditional portrait studio
This style is like those which you would get if you went to a photographic studio (but without the cost). I come to your house with everything needed to produce studio images.
This can range from children Christmas jumpers to professional headshots and everything in between. The only limitation is the size of backdrop fits around 2 adults to 2-4 children. For big groups we can work around this but it won't be in a studio style (single background).
Below are a few examples.
Low key studio example (dark)
Example of studio lighting, black background. All achieved with mobile equipment that I bring to you.
Typically there are two types of lighting set-up, low key and hi key. Low key is normally with a dark background and minimal lighting. Similar to the example above. Another type is hi-key, this time normally using a white background and lots of light in the photograph, similar to the one below. Each type has a different "feel" about it. We can experiment with both types, or you may already know the style you prefer.
Hi key studio example (bright)
Documentary / Reportage
This style of photography is aimed at documenting subjects going about their day-to-day lives (or whatever is happening at the time) without posing. This is becoming a popular choice for wedding photography. An option could be a mix of studio poses and then documentary style.
This can be at your home, or this style could extend to outdoor portrait photography too where instead of posing, we capture you and your family "as you are" within an environment that you're happy in and that means something to you. An example of this style is below.
If you choose to shoot outdoors this opens up a whole world of possibilities in terms of location, light, and poses (or documentary style as mentioned previously).
A few advantages of working indoors are:
Here are some examples of shooting family portraits outdoors.