We are all guilty of it, well most of us! We have a ridiculous amount of photographs of our first born – we might even have gone all out and done the maternity shoot, the newborn shoot, recording each and every milestone of them in a little keepsake book…then comes nr 2 and life gets busy, ridiculously busy, and we just don’t seem to make time for those things that we got to do with our first…never mind nr 3 or 4.
It is never too late to update your family photos. Kids love to see themselves on photographs with their parents and other siblings, it gives them a sense of beloning and it aids in keeping all those memories and associations alive. They are no good on a USB or CD, they need to be tangible, something they can have access to 24/7. My kids love to look through my iPhone photo album – heaven forbid I should loose those memories because I didn’t have them backed up in some other format – Photobooks are perfect for those candid shots and social events you’d like them to remember, but nothing beats a beautiful collection of family photos on a feature wall! …not to mention a few of them on Nanas display table to brag with to her friends.
Meet the George Family. For the past three years I have photographed them, usually around little master Georges’ birthday. First the park, at The Fire Station Inn for a very special birthday, and this year they came to the studio.
BTW if you have little boys and want to treat them for a special celebration, check this out (http://www.adelaideheritage.com/unique.php#FS)
Thank you for returning every year to update your family photographs and always bringing your best smiles 🙂
At the end of 2011 I photographed kids and staff at a daycare centre and offered one family a complimentary studio session as part of the centres’ Christmas Party Lucky Draw.
This family from India was the lucky recipients and scheduled their studio session a couple months ago. Family shoots can often be stressful for parents. They want kids to be on their best behaviour, sit down, look at the camera and smile…no not that smile, the beautiful one! My advise to parents… let the photographer engage with them and take control of the situation. “mum, dad sit down and relax with a cup of coffee, we’re going to play a little game for a while”. I admit, sometimes my work flow seamlessly from one setup to the next and other times the wheels fall completely off (what is that about working with kids and animals they 🙂 This shoot was no exception to the latter, daddies girl would not have a bar of it! She finally came around and gave me a gallery of beautiful images which I sure her parents will treasure for years to come. They grow up so fast!
Mum was adamant that NO retouching were to be done to their images. A request that I am happy to honour albeit few and far between. Clients normally like a little “work” to be done and the basics are built into my standard portrait pricing. This includes white balance correction, minor skin retouching for blemishes and a bit of lightening and brightening.
This beautiful family has supported my business for the past three years and they have become very dear friends of my family. For his third birthday mum and dad treated him to a stay at North Adelaide Heritage Groups unique Fire Station Inn. The Fire Engine Suite is located on the ground level and has a real 1936 Diamond T Fire Engine to play on!!! What an awesome birthday sleep over for a very special little boy!!!