Hands up if you hate having your photo taken? Does it make you feel awkward, uncomfortable and wary of that fake cheesy grin?
You’re not alone – in fact if we asked that question in a room of 10 people, at least seven would have their hands in the air now.
But photographs are the perfect way to capture a moment in time, a stage in your family life or a special occasion, so how can you make the most of them?
The first and most straight-forward step is to make sure you feel comfortable. We can help out there by putting you at ease, making sure we know exactly what you want – and what you don’t want.
We always recommend that people bring at least two changes of clothing to a studio photoshoot, with a mix of casual and smart clothes. And while it may be tempting to drag out that dress you wore to Aunt Freda’s wedding six years ago, you would probably feel more comfortable in something more recent that you know fits well so you won’t be worrying about revealing more than you intended to.
Similarly, fashion magazines may be extolling the virtues of this season’s must-have pattern, but it’s best to stick to plainer fabrics for photographs. If there will be a group of you, try co-ordinating looks by choosing pieces in the same colour spectrum, or perhaps neutral with one brightly coloured piece.
The photoshoot will be fun, we promise, and it will be even better if you bring something that represents you or your personality. Whether it’s a football kit or a musical instrument, your shoe collection or a Beatles LP, it will help make the resulting images even more special.
Feel free to accessorise too, with sunglasses, hats, feather boas or fans – anything that will help tell your story.
And if you are bringing children, bring some toys too – they will relax more quickly if they have familiar things around them, and it will also bring back memories as they grow and look back at the photos. You can even add a soundtrack by playing some favourite music from your phone.
We want everyone to enjoy themselves, so do bring a friend or relative if it will help you relax. We can accommodate up to 20 people in the studio, but do let us know who will be coming.
And if you have any questions, do get in touch – we’re here to help make it a magical experience that results in images you’ll treasure for years to come.