6 The photo session
Shooting day has arrived. We’ll collect you at the agreed meeting point, go over a few details on how the session will unfold, and get started.
The duration of the shoot will depend on the package selected, but typically can range from 1 hr to a 2 hr session.
Number of shots
The number of pictures taken will depend on the session duration, but will be sufficient to ensure plenty of redundancy for the selection stage. Typically, we’ll shoot between 100 and 200 photos in a one hour shoot, however, the pre-selection (proofing gallery) given to the client will contain a choice range between 1-in-3 to 1-in-4. For example, if your selected package was a collection of 10 images, we’ll give you between 30 to 40 to choose from.
Typically, we’ll capture a mix of a few posed shots and a few ‘natural’ ones, depending on how comfortable you feel around the camera, what the objective of the session is and the intended final product.
In any case, we’ll be providing you with directions throughout the shoot so we can get the most out of it. Most importantly, remember to have fun and enjoy the experience.
Children and pets
Children and pets can be difficult to manage during the session. At the same time, they can provide the most wonderful shots. The most important thing is not to stress them out and get them bored during the shot, so make sure you are prepared and come with a plan to get them engaged.
Building up the expectation as session day approaches works marvels with children, as they perceive it as a fun day out and participate actively. You could build together a countdown clock, for example, and use it the preceding week to remind them of the fun day coming ahead. It doesn’t hurt to promise your kids a little something if they are happy and content during the shoot. Any resource is valid!
If you’re worried that your kids may throw a tantrum and render the session a disaster, relax, we’ve all been there, it just happens. If things don’t go according to plan, we will usually know a few minutes in, so we can call it a day and try some other time.
Most importantly, just let them be kids. Play with bubbles, balloons, a kite. Run, jump, hold them upside down. Be free, natural, playful, silly. Those pictures that capture the love and laughter are the most amazing ones you’ll get, so just relax and go with the flow.
You can’t change the weather, so don’t let it ruin the session…embrace it ! If it’s windy, let your scarves and hair be blown by the wind. If it’s rainy, pull out some colourful umbrellas and stomp your feet in the puddles. Basically, be prepared for anything and just roll with the punches. Maybe, you’ll end up with something you didn’t have in mind, and if you’re open to the possibilities, you may love the result even more!
Having said that, although a passing shower may not be a big deal and not a reason to cancel a session, we do understand that a miserable day can ruin it for everybody. We’ll be accommodating; whether it’s too wet, too windy, or too cold, we’ll contact you to have a final word and confirm the session before we head off to location. It’ll be up to our discretion to call it a day or not, but you won’t be penalized with an extra charge should we cancel.