Wait, family photos??
I hear you gasp! "What is she doing?? Carol doesn't photograph families!" This is true, it's VERY rare for me to photograph families, because there are so many other photographers doing great work there, and I would rather specialise and focus on women through their life journey.
HOWEVER, this is a special family. This is one of my daughters and her new blended family (yay, bonus grandkids!!) Captured on a recent trip to Perth to visit them and do a series of boudoir photo sessions and weddings, here are some of the things that I learnt while creating images that we all fell in love with.
I don't know why but often, if you are in a relationship, the other half is nothing like as keen on a session as you are!
Firstly, don't worry, they still love you, it is just that photographs don't figure so strongly in some people's minds
Having said that, remind of your love and you want some pictures to keep around so you can always see them, even if they are far away. Tell them that they make you feel warm and cuddly. How could anyone resist???
Also, thank goodness I have a large family myself, because getting 5 children ranging from new born to teenager is definitely harder than herding cats!
If you are bringing children, it will help you be relaxed and get them excited if you get the children ready together. If you are bribing the children, make sure that you both know where the bribes are, and maybe sneak a bribe in for them! (not to other photographers, carry bribes for children!)
Children should also be happy and relaxed about it all - so no stressing the kids before the shoot. Arrange the shoot near something that they want to do afterwards (see bribing paragraph above!)
Being co-ordinated in clothing is great, so spend some time together deciding on outfits. It's a load of fun to choose for each other if you are both up for it.
Don't say "you're not wearing that are you?". Instead go for "how about your blue shirt - you look really nice in that". TRUST me on how much this will reduce stress!
For some reason men can be terrible smilers too, or even worse, they have ONE 'blue steel' look that they pull out for every photo - BORING! It's a bit of work, but we have lots of tricks up our sleeves that work on getting genuine smiles and happiness.
So, what do you think?? Should I add family photos to my offerings?? More importantly, WHEN was the last time you have family photos???