FAMILY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

As a Family Portrait Photographer, my main aim is to capture portraits and moments of your family in real-life events and in a creative and documentary way. Family Photography is the art of capturing your everyday and the moments in them that you can easily forget happened. Even though family photography is about telling a story and documenting people in their natural environment, lighting and posing still plays a huge factor. Family Photography can be “posed” in an informal way such that I may give some prompts and then document the natural responses and candid moments that follow.

With Kids of my own, I know how to connect with you and your kids. Whether it’s a run around the park with the kids, or you’d like me to join you all for breakfast in the comfort of your home, or you’ve a new arrival and want some shots of them before them start running about; family photography doesn’t always have to be white studios with large backdrops. I don’t do staged, awkward or uncomfortable setups, just you, your family, in the surroundings you love; I can be there with my camera and kids charming power.

WHY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY IS IMPORTANT

Family Photography connects us to each other and to those who come before. By letting your kids see your photos from the past and the present, they become connected to their own story. They know the family members and ancestors who came before them and helped shape the world and the person they see today.

“THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU”

“Just want to say thank you so much, I can’t believe how quickly you turned these around and how beautiful each and everyone is, honestly! I don’t even have enough words to say how amazed we are and how grateful we are. We’re so excited and I almost want to publish them all over the place and shout about you. If anyone is asking for a photographer, we’ll definitely be recommending you. I never thought we could looks so amazing as a family and you made us look fantastic, so thank you!”

WINCEY & VIVA


FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT PRICING

2 Hours Session
Minimum of 50 images, fully edited with Signature Style
High Resolution Files
Private and Secure Online Gallery
Session at a location of you choice with no travel fees

// £300 //

INTERESTED IN BOOKING A SESSION FOR YOUR FAMILY?

Lets Connect!

Please email me with info@dejijohnson.co.uk with the date and location you’d like to have your session and I will confirm my availability.

10 TIPS FOR PREPARING FOR A FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT

Preparing for a family photoshoot should be a fun and exciting experience. While some of these tips are kids related, you can use a lot of these to prep for an engagement session or other shoot as well. Below are tips to get you ready and looking your best for your shoot.

Do you want a relaxed shoot at home or outdoors with natural? Thinking about what you want, and then getting realistic about how practical it would be to actually do is the first step. Do you have kids? How many and what are their ages? You probably don’t want to go hiking into the mountains and hills with three kids under three, for example.

Personally, I like selecting places that are meaningful to you as a couple or family. If your favourite place is visually appealing, all the better! When in doubt, pick a park or other open, outdoor area (weather permitting). If it isn’t a place you or your photographer visit frequently, try scouting the location ahead of time if you can.

This will get you the time you need to get in those extra workouts, have an haircut, get a manicure and whatever makes you feel great. I’m a big fan of the little treats that boost confidence in adults as well as kids.

This might be as elaborate as having a picnic or as simple as a scarf for mum. Just start thinking about what you want to use and gather it up in case you have trouble finding something and need to come up with a Plan B.

They aren’t professionals, or even grown ups. So pick the time of day that they are in the best mood. In general, it is the morning. I’ve always shot around 10 am until lunchtime and it works perfectly young kids. For others, it might be after nap time. Whatever it is that works best for your kids, try to work with them. Because if they are going to have a meltdown or be uncooperative, it will be the day you have a family photoshoot scheduled. But remember, meltdowns can often make for some unexpectedly great photos, so just go with it.

No one is happy when they’re hungry. Have snacks and water on hand just in case (and for bribes!).

If it is cold, wear sweaters and coats – they make for great photos, especially for holiday cards. But if you’re like me, living in Hertfordshire where it ranges from 14 degrees some days to 25 degrees on others, you’re best having a plan for one and a plan for the other (just in case). Overheated (or freezing) family members don’t make for happy photos.

There is a fine line between coordinating and too matchy-matchy. Selecting complimentary patterns, or colours (think pastels or varying shades of the same colour) are a great way to go. You do not have to match. In fact, it looks better when you don’t. Take the family above for example, each person is wearing a complete different colour to each other. Bring a change of clothes if you want more than one look, or in case you get muddy, have a potty accident, etc. And always bring a couple of accessories like hats or scarves. And a pop of colour is a must!

I cannot tell you how important it is to have your family documented by a professional who knows what they are doing and can deliver beautiful photos that you’ll always treasure. A good photographer will build a wonderful relationship with you and each time you have a photoshoot it gets easier than the last because you’ve done it before. And whether you feel pretty that day or the kids are not cooperating, you can always trust him or her to deliver stunning photos.

As for choosing the right family photographer, you’ll often have a gut feeling when you see their work. They almost always have great photos of their families to show too, because they love what they do.

The best photos are the candid ones of you being a family, rather than the posed ones. Get some of those too, but try to just relax, play, and be yourselves. Try not to focus on what you want the result to be and just enjoy the experience. You’ll get the best (and most honest and real) photos that way.

Parents, dress in more neutral basics except for a colour pop (like the yellow dress above for mum) and let the kids be more colourful. The basic wardrobe styling formula I recommend for family photos is: coordinating neutrals on dad (with maybe a pop of colour on the t-shirt peeking out under a sweater or jacket) + colourful pattern on kid + mom in coordinating pop of colour (works great if it is pants/skirt, scarf, or shoes) = family photo perfection. And denim or chambray is always a winner! I hope the gallery above gives an idea of how you can style your wardrobe without being overly matchy-matchy.

INTERESTED IN BOOKING A SESSION FOR YOUR FAMILY?

Lets Connect!

Please email me with info@dejijohnson.co.uk with the date and location you’d like to have your session and I will confirm my availability.