Turn your family outings into fabulous portraits
A step-by-step guide for busy families in London
A common question for people looking to book a photographer include ‘what happens during a portrait session’, ‘what does it involve’ or ‘what do I need to do’? The reality of each stage of the portrait experience in London is easier than you think.
Step One – Contact the photographer
The conversation. The first step is to talk about why you want a portrait captured. The role of the photographer is to listen and ask questions. The more a photographer learns about your family, hopes and visions the better equipped they are to offer advice on potential outfit choices, locations, accessories and your prints.
Step Two – Preparation and prep
Dream together. It’s important to have the best possible service – what do you feel is important to your portrait experience? Ask for:
- a location that is near your home, coffee shops and transport links
- seek guidance on what to pack and the style of clothes that will suit the location
- expect a break down of the day – length of session, processing time and delivery date
Step Three – On the day
Have fun. The process has begun, your photographer will ensure that you’ll receive the best experience and highest quality service available.
Step Four – Ordering
Stay in continuous contact with your photographer. Each professional will have their own procedure for processing and delivering the images. Where to look for this information:
- Look at your policy documents. You want a list of number of images delivered, types of processing, where the proofing gallery will be shared and the time frame expected.
- At the end of the session, ask for a reminder – when will the proofs be shared with you?
- Write a quick ‘thank you’ to the photographer, they might be eager to share a sneak peek with you that evening.
- Ordering is overwhelming and emotional Allow the dust to settle on the images before making your final choice. Professional photographers would love to offer their support and guidance, they’ll explain which ones are their strongest images.
Step Five – Sharing
Look around your home. Do you need a framed print your grandma’s bureau? A statement canvas to stun your friends. Or a fun-filled album to share with visitors when they pop round for coffee? Ask your photographer for their product guide, it should highlight size, cost and product details.
Quality portraits are created through patience, empathy and the search for beautiful portrait options. Each stage should lead you to natural portraits that honestly and authentically convey the life and laughter in your family.
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I hope you find these tips helpful and that your next natural portrait session in London is a hoot. I’d love to know which tip you think is the most helpful, your thoughts on the blog and all things photographic! I’ll be posting more ideas next week, see you again. Mandy
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.