How To Get the Most Out Of Your Couples Photo Session
So now you've booked a session and are ready to shoot ~
First up, don't stress!
My style of shooting is all about capturing relaxed candid moments.
My hope is that in ten years time you'll be able to look back at these pictures and see a moment in time - things just as they were.
Don't worry too much about the small details, I'll be keeping a keen eye for anything that's not quite fitting into the frame; all you have to do is take a deep breath and have fun!
My number one goal is that you look good in your pictures, and are happy with the resulting product! Let me do my job, and try and enjoy the process :)
I would love to hear your ideas and suggestions though!
I know that this photo shoot means a lot to you, and trust me, it means a lot to me too! I LOVE it when my clients send me snaps of the framed pics on their lounge wall, or the photo books they've created from our sessions.
By the time I present you with the final product I have spent hours chatting to you via email/phone calls, getting to know you and your family at the actual shoot, carefully selecting and editing each and every wonderful moment from the shoot, and crafting a story of the day. Trust me - I'm invested in this process!
Getting positive feedback from my photo shoots makes me giddy with joy, as each little picture is a mini artwork to me!
The most important thing for any photo shoot is the LIGHT.
Taking photographs is all about the light. The most magical pictures happen when the light is soft and delicious - during the hour of sunrise or sunset.
I tend to aim to shoot in the late afternoon/early evening - around 7pm in summer and 4pm in winter.
Direct sunlight creates hard shadows and squinty faces, which doesn't look good on anyone! Full shade is going to be best for all photographs!
Feel free to read this post about the magic of magic hour if you'd like to know a little bit more about the right time of day to shoot.
FUN AND CANDID
Be aware that what we're capturing is more than just posed moments - we're looking for tiny fun candid pics too - the sweet glances, the hand-holding. Not every photo has to be posed to camera.
My style of shooting is more documentary than about set-up poses - so tell me before hand what some of your favourite things to do as a family are - playing boardgames, eating ice-cream or going to the park for example - and we'll definitely try to get pics of those things! We're creating memories here :)
DON'T LOOK AT THE CAMERA (TOO MUCH!)
I know, this sounds CRAZY! But it makes the biggest difference! I'll tell you as soon as I'm ready for you all to look up at the camera and grab a cheesy posed pic. But for the most part, pretend I'm not even there. Look at each other, tickle, cuddle, play, and we'll end up with far better pics than if you're all staring at me! :)
A NOTE FOR THE GUYS
I get it, I really do. It's the weekend, the rugby's on, there's a cold beer in the fridge, and all you want to do is chill on the couch in your slouchy shorts.
So I'm going to make you a promise - I promise to make this whole thing as quick and painless as possible! I've heard of photographers doing four-hour photo sessions with couples - I'm not one of those photographers! My aim is to get you back on the couch within an hour or so.
If you can give us that much, I also promise to give you some photos that you'll treasure for the rest of your life!
WHAT TO WEAR
Wondering what to wear to your couples photo shoot session? I've written an entire blog post with tips and tricks for organising a great coordinated wardrobe. Read it here.
I always find that it is lovely to choose a couple of colour hues and work out outfits around that - blues or greens always work well.
IN AUTUMN/WINTER - it is very important to bring a little more colour into your wardrobe options in the colder months! The dull browns of the landscape, plus neutral clothing can make for some pretty bland pics! Read over this blog post to know exactly how to prepare for an autumn/winter photo shoot.
If you'd like to shoot at your family home there are a few things to consider - the best pictures are going to be taken in big clutter-free rooms, filled with natural light. If you don't have too many of those, let's head out into the garden - a great patio makes for awesome pics, and a shaded garden. Please take note of the time of the day in which your garden gets the most shade, as that's going to be the best time for us to shoot.
That said, some of my absolute favourite photo shoots have happened at Delta Park - my best spot for shooting outdoor family sessions! The light is beautiful, there's a great variety of spots to shoot (picnic, forest and playground vibes for example), and it's generally speaking pretty central in Johannesburg.
I love sharing my images online, but would never do so without your express permission.
Once I have edited your photos, and sent you a sneak peek, I will send an email asking if I may share them online - but don't feel pressured! It's completely up to you.
If you would however like to share the pics from your session (and I love it when you do!), please do credit me, as each one is a little piece of artwork to me. Here's the easy way:
Robyn Davie Photography
Still have a few more questions? Feel free to read over my FAQ page, or send me an email.
Please do let me know if you have any questions or concerns ahead of time - these things are always easier to handle in advance.
Please note: I am a fun, laid-back photographer, who will make your booking, photo shoot and post-production process as simple and easy as possible! I am not a studio photographer, and do not have a studio. My style is all about capturing life just as it is, so we'll shoot in your family home or a great outdoor location such as Delta Park. I do not provide wardrobe, and think the best props are tickles, cuddles and smiles! I do not under any circumstances release raw or unedited photographs.
Please note that by paying your 50% deposit you agree to the information outlined in this blog post and accept it as one would accept terms and conditions.
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