Natural portraits in London
In the latest instalment in a series on natural portraits in London, I’ll show you how to enjoy a relaxed approach to photo shoots with tips and tricks from the pros. If you buy into the relaxed, easy-going school of photography, you’ll enjoy the simple pleasure of modern photo shoots such as portraits in the park or relaxing by the river, neither of which requires more than choosing an outfit, meeting your photographer in a beautiful location and waiting to see what happens. It really is that easy.
Step One – ask lots of questions
An experienced photographer will have prepared a welcome pack and session guide to answer each and every question (ask to see what’s in my welcome magazine). Knowing what to expect from start to finish will make you feel confident about your experience. Do you know how to book, what will happen on the day, how you view your order and when the photographs will be delivered?
Step Two – tell your story
Every home has a family picture hanging some where. Call your photographer and explain why you are thinking of hiring a photographer. Let them talk you through the process and explain how they can help. A good photographer will have a questionnaire to help them tailor the experience to your family. It’s the smoothest way to calm your nerves before the session without getting flustered.
Step Three – include all decision makers
Creating elegant, natural portraits in London requires close collaboration. Not always easy with a household of busy teenagers and reluctant husbands. I’m a teacher, I get it. Planning ahead is a key part of my business and ensures sessions with a tranquil ambience and a classic look. To feel in control and ready to enjoy the session try to:
- visit the location ahead of time so children can run, play and discover new hidey-holes
- put a note in the calendar to avoid clashes with sports fixtures or play dates
- build in rewards, “let’s have a beautiful photograph to give nanny as a surprise”.
Step Four – pack the week before
Avoid the weekly rush of hunting for the right outfit, only to find it screwed up under the boy’s bunk bed. Email a snapshot of your outfits to the photographer and ask for their advice (I send out an illustrated style guide to my clients a week before their session) . High-end photographers like to create a polished feel to their session by matching outfits to locations. I can guarantee they’ll be ready to jump right in and offer their help. Check out their ‘what to wear’ guide or pinterest board for inspiration.
Step Five – use Transport for London
Google maps, transport for London or even Yelp are great resources to help plan your journey. Expect to arrive 15 minutes early and meet your photographer near a transport link, coffee shop or WC facilities. Your photographer will have already scouted the area and will be ready to dive in with their itinerary. You’ll enjoy a wider variety of photographs if you dedicate your time to the session rather than feeling rushed and arriving a little late.
Step Six – enjoy time with your family
People lead busy lives and London is a hectic city. If this is your first time having your picture taken by a professional photographer, you’re in for a big surprise. Family portrait sessions are great fun and it gives you the chance to spend time with your family. Make the most of it. There could be nothing easier; just let the beautiful settings and serendipity play the game.
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My aim is simple – to ensure a truly wonderful experience. I custom each photo session, from the beginning of the shoot right until your items are delivered. My goal is to personally look after you every step of the way. That way I know you’ll get a service that is second to none.
For more advice on natural portrait sessions or to book a natural portrait by a London photographer, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.