Finding a family photographer

Ok so you’re not the queen and you don’t need a crazy amount of portraits to capture every aspect of your life. However, I’m sure very few people look back and wish they had less photos of their family. For me, to get photos of the four of us, all in front of the lense, is such a treat. So I jumped at the chance to work with Precious Pixels UK to add to our collection.

Before, I’ve written my top tips for getting the best out of your family photo shoot. Today, I’m helping you choose a photographer and think about what to look for when you pick one. It’s often tempting to just book someone who has a cheap package or lives just around the corner but if a photo session is a luxury you need to budget for, you’ll want to make sure you’re going to get what you want.

I reached out to Precious Pixels UK to collaborate on this post as Kellyanne had come very highly recommended. In fact, my mummy friend had rebooked a second session within a few weeks. She was that impressed. I wanted to see for myself what made Precious Pixels UK so good.

Before the session

Before you even book, you need to get a good idea of the style of the photographer and their experience. I was looking for some laid back images without too much posing from a photographer who had lots of experience photographing children. Kellyanne certainly fit the bill here. A quick scroll through her gallery assured me she’d be a good fit.

We messaged back and forth quite a few times in the week before our session. I also shared some styles I’d found on Pinterest. This isn’t necessary but it was nice to know that when we got there, we were both on the same page.

On arrival

With children, you’ve got to get them on side straight away. Kellyanne was a natural and quickly engaged my pair in chatter to help them relax. In fact, Jessica was probably a bit too relaxed and thought nothing of racing around. After a few sibling shots we took a quick break. My girls needed this every 5 minutes or so and this was totally fine. It’s important that the photographer can go at the pace of your children. You don’t want to feel rushed.

Mid shoot

We tried various shots, some with mummy, some with the whole family and lots of the girls just being together. Kellyanne suggested an outfit change too which I thought was a great idea. It’s almost felt like getting a second photoshoot.

With a little chocolate bribery and paw patrol toys for distraction, we were all happy that we’d got a good range of images. Don’t be afraid to ask you photographer if you’d like to try something specific. Remember, their job is to try and create what you want.

Afterwards

Kellyanne, was super quick at getting the images edited and sent over to me. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the photos. Personally, I find photoshoots somewhat addictive and love getting pictures that show my girls’ twindividual personalities and their little mannerism.

It doesn’t surprise me that many of Kellyanne’s customers book her popular cake smash shoot for their little one’s first birthday and then continue to come back.  Finding a photographer you like and trust is great. With children, the bonus is that they too become familiar with them. Families come back for special occasions or for a multi generation shoot.

Precious Pixels UK has grown so quickly that they are now relocating to a purpose built studio in Hinckley. Here, Kellyanne will continue to offer her natural sessions and will also be expanding her print packages to give you even more options.

If you are local and want to see what Precious Pixels UK has to offer, why not pop along to their new studio open day on April 28th from 10am. You’ll be able to meet Kellyanne, taste the cake smash cake (I’m sold on that alone) and receive 10% off any photoshoot session when you book on the day.

Find out the details of the open day HERE

This post was was written in collaboration with Precious Pixels UK and I was gifted a photoshoot in return for my review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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