I've created this guide to help you get the most out of your photography session.
A little about me.
I'm Tegan, I've been married for 17 years and I have two daughters, aged 11 & 13. I've been a professional photographer for over ten years, shooting weddings, families and newborns. I've been volunteering for hospice as their photographer for a couple of years, and it's been an honour to work with many lovely people and families over this time.
What to expect
You're session will last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. It depends on how many people are involved and how well you are feeling on the day.
I aim to make every session unique, and tailored to each family. I focus on the connection between loved ones, as well as nice portraits that capture this moment in time. I treat these sessions pretty much like my standard family sessions - I try to keep them light and fun, especially if I am working with children.
We'll meet at the location we've chosen - this can be your home, somewhere pretty or somewhere that is special to you. I'll give you some tips on body language and how to stand. I'll choose the spot that has the best light, then we'll go through and shoot whatever combinations of groups that you want. We might go for a bit of a walk to find some different backdrops. It's all pretty relaxed!
After the session
After the session, I'll go through the images and edit the best ones. Depending on my workload this may take up to two weeks.
Your session and the edited digital images are my gift to you.
They will be delivered in an online gallery that makes it easy to download and share them. You can then print your images with your chosen lab or you can order high quality prints, and fine art products directly through your gallery. I share the gallery with my contact at hospice, but other than that I keep your images private and do not share them on my social media.
What to wear.
Finding the perfect outfit can be a challenge and it's the question I get asked about most...'what do I wear?'
You want to look nice, and be cohesive with the group, but you still want to be you, and feel comfortable in your skin. This guide should help you, but if you still have questions, just let me know! I'm happy to help.
You can decide as a group if you want your session to be super casual or more formal.
Even if you have decided on casual, please avoid wearing clothes with big logos, baseball caps and keep jandals for at the beach!
Don't match everyone (white tops and jeans on everyone is so 1995!) Feel free to bring changes of clothes to change it up. Matching a tonal range is fine though (eg everyone in different Autumn colours)
- Dress for the weather, and be flexible
- Layers add dimension and depth. In the summer, layer your dress with a cute belt and pendant necklace. In autumn and winter? Cardigans, belts, statement necklaces, scarves, hats, blazers, etc.
- Stay away from wearing a lot of green when having photos taken in grassy/wooded areas.
- Steer clear of fluorescent colours. Fluorescent colours tend to colour cast on faces, necks and hair. They’re harsh sometimes.
- Choose versions of primary colours if you can. Yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), and blue (navy, royal). Black and white are fine, but try to add another colour too and again make sure everybody isn't matching!
Little kids involved?
- Make sure they are well feed beforehand (nothing too sugary )
- Dress them in clothes that look good - but ultimately that aren't unconformable for them to be in.
- Have wet wipes and tissues on hand
- Have a few bribes on hand, but don't offer them until we run into trouble. If kids know there is a treat before the session they start to get a bit impatient for them early on.
- If there are a couple of shy ones, show them a picture of me and tell them my name and that I'll be there taking some photos. Sometimes it can be helpful to let them know that I'm a mum too.
- Your mood matters. If you are stressed and focused on trying to make them perfect little angels, they will pick up on that mood and respond negatively. Be prepared to act a bit silly and energetic!