FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY FAQ
WHAT IS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY / MY APPROACH
Family photography is for any family who wants to remember this time in their life with professional photos. Whether you have toddlers or adult children, your family memories are important to document.
Family portraits with me have a natural and candid feel. It is my job to create a space that is comfortable so you can relax and enjoy spending time with your family as I take photos. I will give you gentle direction to get you started and then let your dynamics naturally take over to create beautiful lifestyle portraits.
My approach to family photography is to help you figure out what is important to you and to photograph that. As each year goes by, parts of our life fade into the next without us noticing. What might feel mundane today will be missed one day.
WHY LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY IS PERFECT FOR KIDS:
The natural and candid style of portraits you see on my website is called lifestyle photography. It’s perfect for children and anyone who is feels awkward in front of the camera.
Kids bring so much energy and story telling to your family portraits. Generally during portraits we play little games and move around. This keeps them engaged and also creates beautiful real moments to photograph.
I FEEL AWKWARD IN FRONT OF CAMERAS:
That is very normal.
The average person doesn’t spend lots of time in front of a camera so it feels awkward at first. Most all of families you see here said the same thing.
With lifestyle family photography, we will move around and share stories to create natural looking photos. My goal is to create a comfortable environment so that you can relax and enjoy spending time with each other. That’s when great family photos are created.
Even the most camera shy individuals have been able to settle into family photos, you will do great I promise.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
My number one advice is to be yourself. Wear jeans, wear a fancy dress, wear whatever makes you feel beautiful and shows off who you are.
If your family has traditional regalia or items that you want to incorporate into your portraits, I encourage it. If you want to put your swim suits on and hang out by the beach, let’s do it.
First, I encourage families to imagine how they would spend a day off together if they had no chores or errands to do and incorporate that into your portraits. We can go on a hike, go for ice cream, snuggle on the front porch …. From there, it is a bit easier to decide what to wear.
If you want style inspiration, browse through my style guide here. This is meant to get you started with ideas, not to copy or recreate. Pinterest is a great tool for brainstorming, but then I encourage you to put it away and be yourself.
WHERE DO WE TAKE OUR FAMILY PHOTOS?
Unless you have a specific location that you want to request for your family photos, I will find one for you. With family photography, you have the option to take them indoors or outdoors.
Indoor family photography has a very cozy feeling and incorporates your home as part of your story. You don’t have to clean your entire home for this type of family photos. My advice is to declutter one or two of your favourite comfy areas that you already naturally spend time together in. Think of what activities you naturally do at your home that you want to photograph.
Outdoor family photography can happen anywhere. I’m located in the British-Columbia Rocky Mountains so we are lucky to have endless beautiful photography locations. If you have a place that is already meaningful to you, let’s do your family photos there. Otherwise, if you are unfamiliar with the area I have lots on hand.
WHAT IS THE COST?
A session fee is required to book your family portraits. From there, the digital and printed photos are sold separately. I have it set up this way so that each family can customize their own portrait package and get exactly what they are looking for.
Some families prefer a small session and just a few images, while others want me to help them create something more extensive. Everything is sold a la carte and a design consultation is included with your booking so I can help you figure out what will be the perfect option for your family. Please get in touch for full pricing details.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
I live and operate my business in my hometown, Golden British-Columbia, Canada. With three mountain ranges and two glacial rivers intersecting, it’s very beautiful here. If you are able to travel here for your family portraits I highly recommend it!
However, it is very remote here so I often work with families in the surrounding areas including Invermere BC, and Banff / Canmore / Calgary AB. If you are looking for family portraits outside of these locations, I love to travel or can put you in touch with one of my colleagues, please get in touch.