When someone calls us at Impact Images to book a portrait photography shoot, we answer lots of questions and give loads of advice and cover topics and questions like:
- The best time of the day
- Different locations
- What to wear
- What to bring to the shoot
- What happens after the photo session?
- How much do photos cost?
- The best age for outdoor photography
- How a studio session works
- What happens if it rains?
- Plus lots more
Everything in the clients mind is all about the shoot. Anything and everything for the best end result – photos for the wall.
What is often overlooked and unexpected from our clients point of view is how much fun the actual shoot is… especially when dad is there too!
For my outdoor shoots, the time spent during the session often becomes a precious time for the whole family to be together and simply enjoy each others company with zero distractions. These moments today seem to be rarer and rarer. Especially when parents are commuting or working long hours or both.
It’s not uncommon for me to pack up after taking all the photos my families could want and leave them playing together or just hanging out. Family time is so precious.
I love looking back down the beach to see a dad chasing his kids over the sand while mum sits with baby in her arms, smiling and laughing. Especially when I helped to get that started – and captured it.
It’s the same but different in the studio. It’s here where I get to witness beautiful bonding. A naked baby snuggling into mum and dad. Amazingly soft and unblemished skin and total pride, joy and love. It’s special – that’s for sure.
It’s difficult to let families know when making an appointment for the shoot that they really are in for something special.
Reading back over my post, I’m not sure who are the luckiest – the kids and families I photograph or me, the photographer.
Although I write this blog post from our Central Coast Portrait Studio, I know it’s exactly the same for Natalie in Newcastle. Nat has some amazing locations for Newcastle portrait photography, so many that I get jealous of her choices!
To finish and cover a regular question in regard to outdoor portrait photography or studio portraits and the best ages – it’s pretty simple. Once your children are able to sit up (usually around six months) then outdoors become a great option – especially when there are older siblings who get bored easily in a studio environment.
Studio portrait sessions can be from 5 days old till whenever you like.
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