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THE LOVE OF CAPTURING THOSE SPECIAL MOMENTS IN LIFE THAT LAST FOREVER

I take a natural approach to creating heirloom imagery for individuals and families. I LOVE to photograph you to convey the essence of who you are and what you love. I work hard to make sure the entire process is stress- free for you from start to finish, with the end result being beautifully crafted portrait prints and products to be treasured for many years to come. I have been taking heirloom portraits since 2004 for a wide variety of clients. Many of the people I photograph become my friends for years to come. I completely and absolutely love what I do. If this is your family’s first time working with a professional photographer, it can be difficult to know what to expect. What should I provide ? Will there be enough time to get the perfect picture ? Will my child feel uncomfortable in front of the camera ? I completely understand these feelings of concern, you are not alone ! I am here to work for and with you to make your session as stress-free as possible. Remember, this is supposed to be fun !

 

What to Expect

Children are unpredictable – a characteristic that makes them so lovable – but also difficult to plan around. For this reason I always allow enough time so your session is never rushed. If baby needs a change or feed, or your toddler wants a snack or just 5 minutes to regroup that’s fine, and expected. This is your photo session and I’ll work at the pace of your family. Generally a shoot takes up to 2 hours, I ask that you clear the largest available open area you can (push settees back to walls and relocate coffee tables etc..) Have children’s favourite toys to hand, and have the odd sweetie bribe to hand ! (a promise of beer maybe for reluctant hubbies !)

I am here to make your session a success, and will work with you to find what’s best for your family.

Lifestyle on location Photography..

Capture the REAL moments

 

I hear it all the time: “I don’t want my photos to look posed.” With a lifestyle photography session your images will be anything but posed. Think candids that serve to “capture the moment” versus staging a scene, and stunning, true-to-life photography that tells your story just as it is, at that precise moment. This slice-of-life approach is great for any genre of photography including family sessions or other special occasions. it will bring your images to life over and over again.

 

Getting the kids involved : Shooting lifestyle photography with your children

Lifestyle photography is the perfect approach for capturing the beauty and authenticity of childhood. Make sure your little ones are well rested, make sure they’re comfortable and confident in both their clothes and their surroundings, and make sure you come armed with patience—then let the magic happen. A favorite snack, toy or book doesn’t hurt either! Believe it or not, the most successful shoots are often the ones that let the kids lead. It’s a magical, spirited time and there’s so much to take in. By sitting back and capturing those honest moments you’ll ensure a stunning shoot you’ll love for decades.

I love shooting maternity

newborn & baby...

 

A newborn session can take 3-4 hours, we won’t rush at all and simply follow baby’s lead! It is very important to remember that your baby will not perform on demand. In the time leading up to your session, I ask that you play and interact with your awake baby lots. We want baby to be nice and sleepy during the session.  A baby with a full tummy is a happy, sleepy baby. Please be prepared to feed baby a few times during your session. I recommend you wait to feed baby whilst i’m setting up, before the session starts (if this is possible). Please have some extra wipes, burp cloths, and maybe even a spare shirt as almost all parents get peed or pooped on during a session. It’s hard to avoid with a naked newborn around. The room needs be nice and toasty warm, as we want baby to be comfortable enough to sleep in the nude.When your baby reaches that deep sleep cycle, I will be able to position them into various poses to achieve maximum cuteness! but remember that we will follow the lead of the baby. Not all babies like certain poses, but I promise we’ll do the best we can!

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Amanda we just want to thank you so much for capturing every moment of our perfect day. Our photo’s and album are outstanding, we love them and our family and friends agree.

Samantha & Matthew Patton

5 Rules on What to Wear for your Photo Session

Coordinate - but don't be matchy/matchy

If you’re shooting with another person, make sure your outfits complement one another’s. Choose a consistent color palette (which does not mean the same color). If someone is wearing a bold pattern, dress the rest of the group in more solids, but be sure each carries one or more colours from the “star” outfit for consistency.

Accessorise

Scarves, hats, bows, bands…it all adds a fun twist to an otherwise “standard” look. Accessories are also a great place to coordinate looks. For example, if Mom is wearing a bright pattern with lavender, pink and gray, little brother can rock a pair a grey sneakers while Dad can choose a lavender shirt and big sis with a pink headband.

Dress kids for comfort & movement.

Kids naturally run, skip, dance and jump around during photo sessions—they’re kids! To avoid unnecessary aggravation, let them be comfortable in the clothes and opt for apparel that accentuates their natural energy. Skirts, scarves, and knit sweaters allow for natural movement, so when the kids start getting wild, their clothes will look even better.

Try for texture

Layers and textures and can really add depth to your photos. Look for clothes and accessories with rich, simple detailing—embroidery, tweed, ribbons, etc—or layer pieces to add dimension and texture. Texture is especially important if you want a lot of black and white shots, which naturally need more visual depth and detail than color images. Also, because you’ll want to keep the pace going during your session, layering is a great way to make quick, convenient outfit changes—pull off the sweater, slip on the vest and you’ve got a whole new look!

Be timeless

You’ll have these pictures for generations—don’t date yourself! Choose classic, timeless pieces, or even vintage apparel and accessories. Opt for the latest trends and you may feel otherwise about that amazing outfit in a few years (or even a few months) from now.

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