I think you can probably tell from my blog that I love photography, you probably only get to see about one tenth of the number of photographs that I take on a family day out or holiday and since I have moved over to a DSLR camera I’m even worse! But there is one huge problem with me taking all these photographs, I am never in any of them! I see beautiful photographs all over of Mums with their children and I do try and remind Hubby to take photographs but often he is half a mile ahead of us when we are out walking and he just doesn’t ‘see’ photographs the way that I do.
A little while ago I was introduced to Marina on Twitter who lives in Peterborough. Marina is a stay-at-home Mum to a very cute little lady, she loves cats, chocolate and PHOTOGRAPHY. At the start of this year Marina set up her own business ‘Marina’s Moments’ as a mobile photographer, Marina offers studio sessions where she will come to your home with her equipment (although you do need a fair amount of space for this), failing that she can meet you at a location of your choice (you may need to discuss distance though). Marina charges a small session fee for the shoot and then very reasonable prices for prints and photo gifts. You won’t need to take our a mortgage to get yourself some beautiful photos to treasure.
Last weekend we met Marina at Springfields in Spalding to have our family photos taken in the gardens. (Unfortunately Curly wasn’t able to attend at the last minute). When we arrived Marina was ready and waiting with a pair of helium balloons which won Little Bean over straight away (Beanie Boy took a little more persuasion) but they made a beautiful addition to the pictures. The whole shoot felt very natural, we just walked around the gardens and talked, played and had fun whilst Marina took the photographs. Being outdoors gave a really nice feel to the pictures and I think made it feel less daunting for the children as they can often be put off by Photo Studios.
I am soooo pleased with the results, within 3 days Marina had edited the images and loaded them onto her site where she provided me with a password so that I could look at them and select the images I wanted. You can order straight from the site and the images/gifts will be delivered to your home address. Prints start from as little as £4 for a 6×4, Canvasses from £22 for A4 size and photo gifts from £7.
Getting the best out of your photo session
Think about what you want before you go, of course your photographer will have lots of great ideas about what will make a great photograph but it’s also worth looking around in magazines or online. If you see a photograph that you really like and want to emanate it, then print it out and show them.
Think about what you will all wear. This might sound like a pretty obvious one because generally people like to get dressed up for photographs but make sure that the colours you are wearing will complement each other and not clash. We have done various colour themes over the years, when Little Bean was born we all wore different shades of pink and blue when Beanie Boy was born. Maybe even take along a change of clothing so that the pictures don’t look like they were taken on the same day.
Props! A bit like how Marina used the balloons as a prop, perhaps your children have favourite toys or a cute hat, maybe even a pet. Marina is more than happy to include pets in shoots. A prop can really add something to your photographs and can personalise them further. You might note I forgot to take props (hey I was lucky to remember all the children!!).
Having a family photo shoot? Don’t forget you were a couple first! Mums and Dads often forget about themselves but I think it’s important to keep updating the ‘couple’ shots of yourselves, if nothing else to realise how much the children have aged you!!
ENJOY IT! You’ll get the best photographs when you are all enjoying yourselves. Beanie Boy was NOT in a good mood when we arrived for the photographs, the warm weather has not been good for his moods. When we asked him to pose for photographs he put on a grumpy face and looked to his feet so Hubby and I started messing about pretending we were going to push each other in the water which really made the Beanie Boy laugh – the result was the pictures in the second collage at the top of the post and are some of my favourites.
Don’t be afraid to try images in different colours, I am a bit fan of black and white, I also love sepia. They give a very different feel to an image. Marina said that she would select the images she felt would best work in a different tone and I am very happy with what she has done.
Finally, treasure these moments!! Photographs to me are a special moment in time captured forever. A photograph can transport you back to a time, place and emotion. They make a great gift for others but they make a great gift for yourself too, you don’t need a special occasion – just do it!
DISCLAIMER: We were given the photo session, 2 prints and a disc of images for the purpose of this post. All words and opinions are my own and may not be copied without my permission. Marina has not instructed me what to write.