Have you ever thought, I should really update our family photos? If so, you’re not alone! Booking family photos have a bad reputation of feeling stuffy and stressful, and for those reasons booking a session gets put off.
But there is a solution I promise you! I’ve been a Abbotsford Photographer for just over 5 years, and I’ve met so many families who book sessions, and have the same thoughts in their initial email. They’re nervous about what to wear, how to get their kids to smile, and also look fabulous themselves!
So, i’m going to walk you through my process, and HOPEFULLY, this will give you that little push to book your session. Because I LOVE shooting these sessions, and they truly produce magical images that will bring you ALL the feels.
Step 1 | Before booking your session
Before you send off 10 emails to a bunch of photographers, do some research over on their social media. Get to know them as a person, because this will make a HUGE difference in your experience. Spending an hour with someone who makes you uncomfortable, or cringe is not ideal. They should be hyping you up, laughing along with you, and have great energy.
Their personality is also going to play a big part in how your session will go. If they’re happy and excited and playful, your kids will be too!
** One thing you should also figure out before doing your research is your budget. There are a variety of session costs, and this is dependent on what you’re looking for. Average cost of a lifestyle session is around $400-$600. Studio portraits start just above that. If you’re budget doesn’t allow, keep your eyes out for photographers who offer seasonal mini sessions!
Step 2 | Booking & Planning
Once you’ve decided on a photographer, you can finalize your plans for a date, location and time. When you hire a professional experienced photographer, they will help you do all of this. As an Abbotsford Photographer myself, I have a list of locations that I offer, and i’ll know what time of day is best for lighting.
** I highly recommend shooting as late into the evening as you are comfortable with. When the sun is low it gives a beautiful glow to your images. I recommend my clients nap kids a little later, and bring on the treats! If sunset is too late, I have a few locations that give you a similar feel, but earlier in the day!
If you have a location that is special to your family, or you’d rather shoot in your home, do it! Having an environment that you feel comfortable in, or that has a special meaning, gives a whole different aspect to your images.
Step 3 | Planning your outfits
Step 6 | Delivery of your images
After your session, I usually take a few weeks too curate a gallery of images for you to enjoy. This includes a slideshow, and a collection of around 60 + images. This is emailed directly to your inbox, and available instantly to download and share! You can also order prints and products right from your gallery, shipped directly to your door. No more download, upload, etc. SUPER EASY!
BONUS STEP | What makes booking with different?
There are truly some amazing Abbotsford Photographers, and i’m so honoured to be working along side them! My approach to my sessions is to give you an experience, with having photos taken as a bonus. It’s time you get to invest with each other, learn something new, try a new activity, and have so much fun! I have a very bubbly personality, and a ridiculous amount of energy!
Some things I love including in my sessions is sometimes beverages for mom and dad (if they partake) And I love to bring my polaroid camera along, and take a handful of those for you to take home right away! Just a few added things to really pull your session together!
I also, love taking the last 10 minutes of your session to snap some images of just you and your partner. As parents, we really don’t do this enough either!
I hope this helped nudge you closer to booking your family session with me! It can be so much fun, you just have to trust in the process!
If you missed the link above for the style guide, here it as again STYLE GUIDE
View some of my previous clients on my Instagram