So you’re thinking of booking a family session, but you’re not sure what it entails – I totally get it!
When I had my own family session, I was super nervous/unsure of what to do, wear, bring etc.
There’s no such thing as a stupid question in my opinion, but below are some of the most common.
What do we do if it rains?
This is the number one question I get asked and understandably as this is Northern Ireland so the weather is never going to be predictable. I always try to wait until the day before to judge the weather forecast. I’ve had so many shoots turn out amazing when the weather was forecast to be terrible.
I can and will shoot in light rain, but if it is heavy rain/strong winds I will offer you the option to reschedule within the next month. If you decide you want to chance it and go ahead, then it is at your own risk and you will be expected to pay the remaining balance.
I always say it’s way more fun if you embrace the weather – umbrellas and wellies can make for fab photos and a real adventure for little ones. Alternatively we can always shoot at your home or a suitable sheltered place. White Rocks Beach in Portrush is great with its caves to shelter in during any rain.
What happens if we need to change date/cancel?
Your session fee is non refundable on cancellation. Obviously with children, things can happen so I will offer to reschedule to my next available date within that month in exceptional circumstances. If you are unavailable for this date then unfortunately the session fee will be lost.
I absolutely hate enforcing this policy, but unfortunately I’m so busy that losing a slot costs me really valuable time with my beautiful family so I really have to be strict with it.
Do you do vouchers?
Unfortunately not, as my availability is just too limited and people often forget to book in before they expire.
Do you get my kids to pose?
Ideally I want the photos to be natural moments between you as a family. That being said, I will give direction on things to do and where to be to get the best light. I will also need your kids to be relatively close to me, so I really appreciate if you can stop them running off too fast, I’m not the fittest.
Where is the best location?
Honestly the best locations are places that mean something to you as a family: the beach you always walk on; the park you take the kids to; the place you used to go as a child. If it means something to you, your photos will mean even more.
My personal favourites on the Causeway Coast are White Rocks Beach, Ballintoy and Dunseverick Harbour. They all have lots of versatility and kids will never be bored.
What should we wear?
Whatever you will all be comfortable in and that you normally wear.
Avoid things like small stripes, busy prints, big logos or lots of bright white. Apart from that just go with what you love. You don’t all need to be matching, but similar tones is always nice – I will send you a pinterest board with some advice on colours for each season when you book.
How far in advance do we need to book?
Honestly, as far in advance as possible, especially in summer months as my availability is very limited at weekends. For 2019 I have no weekend availability in May, June or December.
How long do we have to wait for our photos?
I aim to have your photos to you within 6 weeks. This is limit, not a goal. It can and probably will be sooner, but it just depends on how busy I am.
How do we order extras?
Extra prints and digital downloads can be ordered directly via your gallery. It’s super straight forward, but if you need any help I’m always at the end of the phone/email.
If you would like the extra security of having your gallery extended or a USB pen, you can add this by contacting me directly.
I want to make some memories, how do I book you?
YAY! I’m honestly so delighted. To book me, just fill out the contact form with as much detail as possible and I’ll be in touch within 2 working days. Can’t wait to meet you and your family.