preparation & information
Whether they be Maternity, Family or otherwise are a way to document life as it is, in its raw state. Posed photography has its place but can sometimes mask real life and the emotion and connection can be easily lost.
Being pregnant is sometimes about swollen ankles, teary hormonal moments and severe tiredness. Being a parent is about the crazy, the unexpected and the LOVE. Bella Arte Photography will aim to capture your story whether it's about having family time together or celebrating a new baby in the house.
What to wear?
The most important thing is to be comfortable, complimentary & cohesive. Greys, whites, creams & pastels in general are all a good choice for a base color. Layering can work a treat, so think about using hats, scarves, braces, jackets, bowties, leggings, hair clips etc. as these are just a few suggestions of how to layer. I find textures photograph well too if you would like to consider adding texture to your outfit or home. You are welcome to have a change of clothing too at the session unless its a 30 Minute Session as it might be difficult to find the time to change. If you would like to chat further about your styling, please feel free to contact me for some ideas.
before your session
It will help if you can begin to prepare the kids before the session by telling them we’ll have a fun time with the photographer and maybe she’ll even let them take a couple of their own pictures! I’ll spend some time at their level before jumping straight into things to ensure they feel comfortable with me. Even with all our efforts sometimes kids will not have a bar of the photoshoot and at these times its great if you can have a few ideas up your sleeve for something you might do together or even treats to share after the session. Anything will help!
As you know the weather in Geelong is unpredictable which means if you have scheduled a LOCATION session, your session will be pencilled in on an agreed date and will go ahead provided it isn’t raining, even if it’s overcast. Should it be raining or even if its extremely windy, we may need to reschedule the session to the next available date.
If you or anyone in the family is feeling sick, please let me know at the earliest convenience so that we can find you a new session time. If there is a reason you cannot make it to your session, I would appreciate 48 hours notice where possible so that I can offer your spot to someone else.
DURING THE SESSION
Lifestyle sessions are gently guided but mostly I will be looking for interaction between you and your family members. This means you won't need to be looking at the camera much at all unless I particularly request it. Once we decide on a spot to start shooting, I will offer a suggestion here or there if anything needs addressing or moved. Just relax, enjoy the process and most of all, spend time with your family.
At a Home Lifestyle Session, I love to use a few rooms in the house to add variety to the session. Most commonly used rooms are the lounge, main bedroom and nursery/kids rooms. If there's a special feature in your home you would like to incorporate into the session, remember to let me know!
I honestly believe that some images are BEST in black and white only and some are preferable in color. Sometimes when I shoot the image, I shoot it with black and white in mind and will set it up that way. This means you will have a mix of color and black and white but you can be sure that either way, the choice is an artistic one. Having said that if you MUST have one in color or black and white and I haven't edited the image that way, please ask and we can chat about whether it will work or not.
Newborn & Family Sessions
If you love a clean house then that's great, however a lived in home with it's imperfections is perfectly fine too. Imperfections can add to the story of your life at the time. If there is anything overly distracting, we'll sort that out at the time.
Where there are siblings involved, I will spend some time making sure they are comfortable around me. I may encourage them to get involved in the shoot sometimes if they seem ready and other times I’ll let them be and get them back in when the time is right.
It also doesn't hurt to think about doing an activity during the session if you think it may help your toddler/s. Maybe set up a little tea party or have a sink bath/baby with your baby and little helpers too! Perhaps making a snack together or playing with the pets. It's not absolutely necessary but it's lovely if there is something for your little one to look forward to or a particular memory you would love to have told as a story in your images.
The choice of location and timing of the session are both important decisions which affect the outcome of your images so I'm happy to talk with you beforehand and go over some ideas. Early morning and early evening are amazing times depending on the weather and definitely lend themselves to more creative imaging which is great if you want something a little different for the walls than your usual family portrait.
I will make sure I spend some time with the little ones to help them adjust to the session. Occasionally this means I will stop shooting to give them time to chat or play or we may continue shooting others in the family until they are ready.
Newborn in hospital
I will visit you all in hospital as soon as you are comfortable to have me there. I find these are some of my clients all time favorite images. The raw emotion at this time, meeting your child and seeing your big babies meet their newest baby. We can capture the first feed, bath or even meeting the grandparents.