Client prep guide
outdoor sunset session
Photographer & Filmmaker | Adelaide
My style and approach to each session is natural, authentic and simple. I won't be posing you, it won't be awkward and your children won't have to be on their best behaviour. All I want for you is to enjoy your time together. Hug each other, tickle each other and play with each other - just be you. I want to capture all those moments that make YOU as a family special. All those moments your children will look back on and remember how much they were loved.
Chantel is lovely to work with, made us feel relaxed and at ease throughout the session. The photos are magical & speak for themselves - a special moment in time of our little family; captured forever ♥️
Getting to know you
First off, if you’ve never had a photo session before - It’s going to be waaaay easier and more fun than you probably expect!
The first step is for me to get to know you and your family. A week before your session, I'll send you a questionnaire which will help me get to know a bit about you and your family's story. The answers to your questionnaire will help me to prepare for your session.
My job as an artist is to create work that is meaningful to you, and my best chance of doing that is if you open up to me about the things that matter the most to you.
By getting to know you better, I'll be able to create work that feels like stepping into a memory of your family's story as you are right now. This is the part of my process that sets my work apart from others.
Getting to know you
During your session all I need is you to be you. I don't pose you and you won't need to make sure your kids are looking at the camera. They can play and we can take a moment to chat together if they are a little more on the shy side. My aim for your session is to be relaxed and fun!
In this guide, I'm going to provide you with a bit of an overview of what happens before, during and after your session, and some tips to help you prepare.
How to prepare
Let the kids get wet, messy or explore a little...
I actually LOVE it when kids just do their own thing during your session. It shows that they are comfortable and relaxed. I'm also very used to tantrums, sibling arguments and chaos. I have 3 of my own kids, so don't ever feel like I'm judging anything (trust me, I have been there), and don't worry about how the photos will turn out if your kids aren't behaving as you wish. Kids are totally unpredicatble, and that's ok.
Know that I am always looking for the beautiful moments and I often always find it within the hard stuff. I always aim to capture it there. Chances are, they will have moments, because they are tiny humans with big feelings, and we all know what happens to kids in the evenings! I will be capturing it all, but I'm also respectful and know when to stop shooting.
Most importantly, just go with the flow and try not to stress if things don't go the way you planned.
how to prepare
Make sure your partner also knows what to expect...
From experience, our partners usually have different visions and expectations when they hear the words "photography session"
Have your partner look at my website or social media so they have an idea of what a session will look like or show them this guide
I find that showing your partner my work helps them to see that they won't need to stand and smile in awkward poses for the camera, but instead be themselves, and sets the tone for the types of genuine parent/child connections that we want to capture.
What to wear
As far as clothing, keep it simple. Throw in a little colour if you'd like, but avoid the really busy patterns.
If you need a little extra help with this, I've put together a what to wear guide here.
A few extra tips
Bring a spare change of clothes. Kids, they get wet and messy and even though many won't usually feel the cold, they will get uncomfortable. So bring a warm jumper "just in case" and a spare change of clothes.
Bring a few snacks, I usually find if kids start to get a little grumpy, snacks will generally help. Some wipes or a cloth will also be handy to wipe up any spills or mop up crumbs and dirty hands/faces! I your child has a favourite toy as well, feel free to bring it along as well. It's a new experience for them, often in a new place. A favourite toy that's familiar to them will often help them to feel more comfortable. I usually find though that being outdoors most kids will be perfectly happy to create their own magic with what's around them.
On the day of the session
A typical session will start off by spending a few minutes together just hanging out. This gives your kids a chance to get used to me and let off a little bit of energy in the process. And then once we've gotten acquainted, I'll grab my camera and start capturing your family together. I generally like to try to get the family shots first, then a couple of different mixes of everyone together. Then I like to move into the more natural photos, of you all playing and being you.
The only thing I ask, is that you do not look at the camera unless I ask you to, and do not ask your children to look at or smile for the camera as well. That's it! Your session will go for about an hour and generally we'll start your session in the afternoon/early evening, so that we catch the very best golden light at the end of your session.
After your session
After your session, I'll begin working on your photos. I usually like to post a sneak peek or 2 in the couple of days following your session on my social media (if you are comfortable with that)
Generally my turnaround time for your complete photos is about 3 - 4 weeks although sometimes during school holidays it might take a little longer.
The high res images will be delivered online for you to view, then once you've chosen a package that suits you best, they will be available to download and print at your leisure.
If you’d like help with printing, I’m more than happy to chat with you about that and can order prints/albums through my preferred pro lab. Your gallery also contains an online store where you can print straight from your gallery and your prints will be delivered straight to your door.
Rescheduling for weather or illness
We all know how unpredictable the weather can be, even in summer. If the weather looks to be very wet, windy or very hot, I'll be in touch throughout the week before and the day of your session to decide together what to do.
As I live in a high fire danger area, I will also check throughout the week before and day of your session and reschedule in the event of a catastrophic fire danger rating day.
As for Illness, please let me know as soon as possible if anyone in your family is sick, or showing signs of COVID19, and I will do the same.
I am alsways prepared to reschedule just in case, and I can always prepare to fit your session in as close as possible in any case.
Thanks so much again for booking a session with me! I'm so excited to work with you and your family. Please know that I'm here and happy to answer any questions you may have between now and your session, so don't hesitate to get in touch.
You can reach me at email@example.com or 0417889657.
My office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00am - 2:30pm.
I am also available on the day or your sessions if need be