Below is some useful information and common questions from clients who book with Amy Blackwood Photography. Of course, you are bound to have lots more questions depending on your family and requirements and I can be contacted at any time!
What happens during a session with Amy Blackwood Photography?
The session itself usually runs for approx 1.5-2 hours depending on family size. It sounds like a long time but it goes quickly! During the session, there will be as much fun as possible with a certain degree of direction in order to ensure correct lighting and good backdrops. I usually get you all into position and then give prompts to encourage interaction and laughing. My aim is for no-one to feel forced or uncomfortable. Energetic children have the opportunity to run around and explore, either while I’m snapping or in-between photos. I get the children as involved as possible, often asking for their help which they love. I usually try to get the sibling shots done fairly early on in the shoot and I’m also very good with shy children who need a little more time to warm up.
What time will the session start?
The best times for a photoshoot are either early morning or as late as possible in the afternoon. This is particularly important if it is a sunny day. Shooting in the middle of the day with the sun out means more time spent looking for open shade and more flattering light. So we try to avoid the middle of the day in case it is very sunny. Its also important to consider when the children are at their best and not tired or hungry! Rescheduling a shoot by half an hour on the day in order to work around unpredictable naps is more than fine. Early morning shoots tend to start around 9am (but can do earlier!) and late afternoon shoots usually start around 2pm in the Winter or 3/4pm in the Summer.
As a family photographer in Surrey, we are spoilt for choice of location! If you do not have a particular location in mind, I can send you a list of places I like to shoot at. I’m always open to new places though and will do a recce beforehand if its somewhere I’ve not shot before. Anything further afield than 40 mins from Haslemere, Surrey will incur a £10 travel fee. If you are located more than an 1.5 away, we can agree a travel fee depending on distance.
Within approx 3 weeks of your shoot (usually sooner!), you will receive a link from Amy Blackwood Photography to your private online gallery. You’ll also be given a separate guest password if you want to share with friends/family. Within the gallery you select the images you want (or the entire gallery!). They are then sent to you via a download link – super easy! There is never any obligation to purchase more than the number of photos included in your package.
Amy Blackwood Photography Prices can be viewed here: Prices
What to wear
This will be discussed with you on the phone prior to your shoot because wearing the right clothes is really important. There are no hard and fast rules and the main thing is that everyone is very comfortable. Choosing colours that compliment each other is highly recommended ie, all in light colours or all in bright colours. I have lots of advice about clothing for very young children and babies (especially what to avoid)… I will go through all of this before your session.
The current 2019 price structure for sessions with Amy Blackwood Photography is here: Prices
Don’t forget you can also see recent snippets of work from Amy Blackwood Photography on Instagram and Facebook. It’s a great way of keeping in touch if you end up booking weeks or months ahead of your session date!