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WHY CHOOSE US AS YOUR FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

For many people choosing a photographer is a difficult choice. Who do you go within this unregulated industry?

I have been selling photography services professionally since 1992, (fast approaching our 30th year) and I have loved every minute of our journey. 

Our motto of "your portrait is our passion", really is true. We are fun approachable and we care passionately about the imagery we produce and how we serve you. it’s that simple. We are portrait headshot and branding specialists. Our clients are the reason why we do this and we are pleased and proud that many of them come to us for a second and even third time. That's the biggest compliment we can ever receive.

You can be assured we will listen, advise and provide the highest quality service and products Available  We hate the notion of always looking after new clients with offers.

Once you become a client you will automatically go on to our referral & Loyalty programs giving you up to 50% of future photo sessions and the chance to earn more images from previous sessions, just by referring us to your family and friends.

You will find us open and honest with no hidden fees or charges. We offer everyone a 10% discount off all our print products If you purchase on the day of your reveal session.  We encourage you to book a session in the first instance and then only purchase the images you love it’s that simple. No hard sell just plain truthful help and advice where and if you need it. Don't like what we do just walk away, at least you will have had a family fun day out.  

Our Wall Art Design Service we will help you envision your photos on your walls, even before you order. By taking photographs of your room and bringing them into our professional design software we can view wall galleries at scale and see how they'll look instantly. I will also help you incorporate wall art you already have into your new designs. And I'll keep a record of the frame and photo sizes you purchase and when doing future sessions we will provide framing and images to compliment the existing imagery you already have building your story as you go. 

You are welcome to view our products at any time even prior to booking a session. We have a dedicated email address for clients so your email is treated as a priority or of course, you can call us at any time between 10 am & 8 pm on 07515 948355. 


Documentary or Studio Portraits which one appeals to you.

Family Documentary portraits (FDP) vs Studio Portraits (SP)  Which one is right for you?

Traditional Family portraits are something most families will do at some point in their lifetime. They are often done in a studio with clean backgrounds, usually when the children are small but more often than not when a new family member arrives or when family members who live away from home return for a brief period.

Documentary portraits are a little different in that most (but not all) take place with a tight family unit where the children are under the age of 14 but are old enough to walk and play. A newish and growing trend, documentary portraiture is basically a series of photographs of a family doing the things they would do on any given day, such as going for a family walk. Such images are often intimate glimpses and records of family life and as such are becoming ever more popular. 

Documentary sessions are easier for you as a family, as there is no getting dressed for the occasion. hair and make-up take a back seat You wear the clothes you would normally wear for the activity you are going to do. This in itself keeps family members more relaxed as they are more than likely to be comfortable in familiar clothing and surroundings rather than stepping into a photo studio with lots of equipment, that’s not to say traditional portraits don’t have a place they are very much part of what we do and I don’t see that ending any time soon

Documentary photography records snippets of your life revealing and recording not just the way you look but something about your family and the things you enjoy doing together. Imagery that depicts fun and laughter and even very special moments that happen in an instant and are gone just as quickly, 

They may be taken in your own home, having a meal, bedtime stories or visiting a place that you all love to go, this may be a beach a woodland or a favourite walk, with everyone in Photograph having fun and no one excluded.

Traditional portraiture has its place and it really depends on you and your tastes. Some love the experience of coming to the studio while others just want great fly on the wall type imagery but there is nothing to stop you having both.

What to Do at Your Family Documentary Photography Session

The whole point of doing FDP is images must look natural. It doesn’t matter what you do, but that you’re honestly involved in the activity and not trying to manufacture a situation and therefore an image. My advice is to loosely plan a few activities that you know your family enjoy but to keep an open mind and just go where the day leads you.

The best moments don’t come from following a script or posing guide but from just letting the family be the way they are. Those are the moments we love to capture that spontaneous fraction of a second once over will never be recreated.   

What is Documentary Family Photography?

Much of what defines DFP is what the lack of rules. It isn’t posed, staged or directed. It isn’t heavily retouched. It isn’t attempting to make the surroundings look “better” than they really are. it is Just great photography telling your story.

PRICING

Please head over to our pricing page for more details A session usually lasts 2-3 hours but we only book one session per day and we go with the flow. Our Session fees include travel to your home or location provided it is within 30 miles within our base. (extra mileage charges will apply beyond a 60-mile round trip)

Book two separate Sessions together and get the second one for half price and a third session FOC. This way you could have a mixture of both studio and documentary sessions with another session a year or so later to complements your story In your home.

Indoor Ideas

Your home is where your family is most comfortable. It’s where everyone can be themselves - and is a great place to start capturing genuine moments. just about anything you do regularly around the house makes for great images.

* Reading * Art & crafts * Physical play * Preparing meals in the kitchen * Snuggling on the couch, or in bed. * Children at play. Following the kids around and seeing what they get up to when their parents aren’t watching can make for some wonderful photos. * Play or quiet time with pets. if you have pets we love to include them as they are part of the family. Getting some images of your pets and family together is especially important considering they aren’t around as long as we wish they were.

Outdoor ideas

* A visit to a park, or farm, etc. * Picnics * Outdoor play in the garden park, Beach or Forest walk. * Horseback riding * Washing the car * Taking / Playing with pets * Skating At Events Family events are a great time to visually document your life.

Every event from having a baby to having a picnic is packed with meaningful moments you’ll want to hold onto. * Birthday parties * Family reunions * Picnics * Sporting events * New puppy or kitten (horse?) * Christmas (or another holiday) preparation, putting up the tree, etc.

As you can see there are endless opportunities for great documentary photos available at all times. This list is just a few examples.

Please Note

During this strange period as a responsible photographer we may be governed by restrictions please talk to us to find out the current status. The safety of everyone involved will always be at the forefront of what we do.

We accept that getting professional imagery can seem like a chore. but most people would love to have incredible memories hanging on their walls, but we don't really want to deal with getting them. We have created a simple 4-step process that makes things easy. Here's how it works. 

STEP 1 To book a photo-shoot or even just make an inquiry, Head over to our home page and click on the start your journey here link or call us on 07515 948355. We will discuss your options so you may make an informed choice. 

STEP 2 We'll have a fun, relaxed session at your home (or location of your choice) and capture some incredible, authentic images of your family. It will be the easiest family photo session you've ever had. And Fun too! 

STEP 3 Three weeks after your session We will have a prepared slideshow of your photos which we will bring either to your home to view on our computer screen Or you can see them on our larger screen at our studio You can then decide on the products you would like to purchase for you own home 

STEP 4 Four to six weeks later your order will be delivered to your home, All ready to hang or display treasure and share. 



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