I have heard a lot of reasons why people avoid having family portrait sessions. I also hear a lot of people who say they regret not having family portraits taken when their children were young. Do any of these reasons sound familiar to you?
I haven’t got the time
I get it. Being a busy mum myself, I know how crazy life can be and how the weeks just fly past. This is why we are in danger of not getting photographs taken and before we know it, out cute little ones are now not so cute or little.
I regularly offer mini sessions, and these are perfect for busy mums who don’t have a lot of time. In just 30 minutes, your session will be fun but very much focused on capturing those gorgeous photographs and your gallery of at least 15 photographs will be ready for you to view within a week. These sessions might be quick quick quick but the result will be long lasting photographs to treasure.
Time is precious and so is your family so don’t put off something that you know is only going to bring happiness and delight for years to come.
I hate having my photograph taken.
80% of mums prefer to be behind the camera than in front of it. Are you an iPhone warrior who is happy to snap away but won’t get in the photograph yourself? Look, I know what it is like when you feel uncomfortable getting in front of the camera. It feels awkward when you are told to sit this way, put your hand that way, look in this direction, say cheese.
Don’t worry, I do not make you do any of these. All I ask is for you to come and relax in my studio and spend some time with you children. You might play with some wooden toys, cuddle up together or sing songs. My sessions are always about capturing what is natural to you. You won’t even notice that I am taking photographs most of the time. A family portrait session is exactly that, capturing the love of a family. Your children love you for YOU.
Don’t get me wrong, if you ever want an excuse to have your hair done or your nails, blame me, that’s quite alright but it isn’t a model shoot. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and relaxed.
All of your photographs will be hand edited so if you would like some gentle and minor adjustments to your photographs, this is all part of the service. I want to make sure that you love these photographs.
I can’t afford it.
Family portraiture should be an investment. I am proud to say that I am not the cheapest portrait photographer and there are photographers for every budget. Sadly, some people think that because they own a camera, they are a photographer but just owing a piece of equipment doesn’t mean you know how to use it correctly and to get the most out of it. I own a piano but that doesn’t make me a pianist (although I really wish I was).
I am not saying you get what you pay for but if a photographer does not put a high value on their time , skills and products then this may be an indication that the service and products you receive may not be to the same standard and quality as you would like.
I pride myself in investing in myself through continual training and development and in my business to make sure that you receive a luxury experience. Nothing is too much trouble If it is important to you, you will find the money. A lot of my clients hire me before they even know how much my products and services are because they have seen my work, they have read my reviews and they know that I value the art of photograph and value my business and myself and they know that I will value them and their families too.
It is important to note that I do offer payment plans so if you really are struggling to pay for your products upfront then I am happy to arrange a payment plan to make sure you have the beautiful portraits displayed in your home.
Waiting for a special occasion
Portrait sessions make such a wonderful and thoughtful gift, maternity, new baby, first birthday or Christmas. These are all fantastic occasions to capture life’s milestones but why wait for that special occasion. You and your family are more than special enough to have a family portrait session. Why do we do it? Special candles that we never burn. Expensive underwear that we only wear on special occasions. The fancy tea cups that we get out when visitors come around.
Not to sound too morbid but no one knows what tomorrow may brings. Don’t put off something so important, so meaningful and take a chance that you’ll get around to doing it in a few months.
I would love to chat more about your family portraits