HOW TO GET GENUINE SMILES FROM YOUR KIDS

NATURAL KIDS PHOTOGRAPHY

 Kids are completely unpredictable. They can be so adorable and easy going and laughing uncontrollably one minute, and the next minute, turn that charm off completely. 

They will typically smile for you all day long until you put them in front of a camera, then they freeze up like a deer in headlights. 

We want to avoid the gritted teeth and bug-eyed forced smiles during our session. 

Here are some things you can do: 

  1. Send us a message with a few things that your child thinks are funny and send it to us prior to the session. We can add this into our bag of tricks.

  2. Give us a list of icebreakers for your child. Tell us the kinds of shows they watch, music they listen to, friends’ names, favourite story, etc. This will give us something to talk to them about, and will help them forget they’re in front of the camera.

  3. Try out a couple of jokes with them. During the session, we can ask them to tell us a joke and this will typically loosen them up as they tell it to us.

  4. If there is a song that your child loves, load it up to your phone and bring it along with you.

  5. Prepare a bribe (such as a toy, a trip to the zoo, etc.) and show it to them, or remind them of it, during the session.

4 ITEMS TO BRING TO HELP INCORPORATE YOUR PET(S) IN YOUR FAMILY PHOTOS

NATURAL FAMILY PORTRAIT

If you are planning on bringing a pet to your session, we are more than happy to have you do that. We love furry friends and are always pleased to add them into our sessions! Here are some things you should remember to bring to ensure everything goes smoothly:

  1. A leash. This will help you keep your pet near to you and where you want him or her for photos (They aren’t just for dogs, you know). Be sure to bring a thinner leash, as they are easier to hide or edit out if necessary.

  2. A friend. Having someone come with you specifically to take care of your pet is ideal. This will help so that your pet is not running around all over the place or alone in the car, should you wish to take some photos without Fido.

  3. Treats. Treats are great bribery for your animal. It will help keep your pet still and focused on the camera.

  4. A favourite toy. The noisier the better. This is also a great tool to help keep your pet’s attention on me. We can also use it for a fun game and get some fun interaction shots.

 

PORTRAITS THAT WILL BE THE ENVY OF YOUR FRIENDS

FAMILY PORTRAITS

My youngest child is fourteen years old now and during my journey as a parent I have always been intrigued how quickly my three children have changed in their mannerisms, passions and interests. 

At younger ages this may be playing with a particular toy or as they get older it could be learning an instrument. It could be an expression that melts your heart but one day it is gone.

It’s interesting how incredibly valuable photographs that depict personality become. They hold immense value to myself and my wife because besides our memory that is all we have to remember specific traits that  our children had while growing up. 

Our children love looking back at these moments together. They get so much enjoyment from them. There is a lot of laughter that is for sure. 

Seeing the value of this style of photography I want myself and my photographers to create genuine memories for you and your family to enjoy. 

It can be the simplest little thing as an expression when your child does a certain activity, it could be a glance you receive when you give your child a hug. 

The best part about photographing this way is that it is very natural and fun, we laugh a lot and in no time you will have way too many fantastic memories to choose from. 

CELEBRATING THE LITTLE MOMENTS IN YOUR FAMILIES JOURNEY

FAMILY PORTRAIT

Our photography is about giving you memories to look back on and enjoy. Children grow fast and they are always changing what they love to do. 

I noticed that my kids would be obsessed with a toy or a role play game and then all of a sudden that would be dropped.  

Sometimes that gorgeous mannerism that melted your heart would never be repeated as it was now “silly”. This is when I would find myself seeking photographs as a way to remember and relive moments that I loved. 

I also find my now teenage children looking through these memories and enjoying them together, there is often a lot of laughter and it’s incredible how much enjoyment they get from them. 

I can  help you to also have photographs to help you relive those cute stages. I will ask you a few easy questions prior to your session and make some notes. 

I will then advise you on what to bring to your session. It’s real simple and easy stuff.

This style of photography is fantastic because your child simply does what they love to do, whether that is playing with a toy or anything. They are not posing and I am capturing the wonderful time they are having. 

It’s really so important to celebrate these simple precious moments that can easily forgotten. 

My Approach to Photographing Couples

When organising a couple shoot we choose a location where we can go for a walk around and a chat. It is very relaxed, fun and natural. This instantly takes away a lot of apprehension either of the couple may be experiencing about being photographed.

One of the nicest comments I've had is when I've been told someone absolutely hates getting their photo taken but afterwards, when we are looking at the photos, they are talking about how it was actually really, really good fun. A fun time out with your best friend, having a laugh and documenting it.

Essentially my approach is about photographing your connection. I put you into amazing scenes, light and backdrops and let you hang out, be yourselves and have a bit of a laugh. Any direction is very simple and then we go from there.

Another part to my portrait shoots is sometimes called the "BELOVED" style where I place you into a brilliant scene and then invite you in to little games and interactions together. So it is not really posing, it is about photographing a fun experience.

I can photograph couples in many various locations and times including, around Perth, Margaret River, at sunset in the amazing light at the beach, in the forest amongst the trees, chasing each other up the street, in your favourite sanctuary, amongst the funky architecture in Fremantle, going for a stroll…… to name a few.

Oh, It’s a happy time for me too :)