Ever tried to have a family portrait taken in a studio?
For most (Adults and children alike) this can be a very restrictive, uncomfortable and un-natural experience.
With lifestyle portraits the idea is to capture your family in a more natural way. These can still be posed but in relaxed, informal way and on a location of your choice. We can take the shoot to a local park, woodland area, beach, or in the privacy of your own garden (suggestions welcome). Children especially find it much easier to relax and be themselves outside of a studio's clinical enviroment and the result of that is beautiful unforced pictures of your child/ren.
Props are very much encouraged so if want to bring hoola hoops, footballs, skipping ropes, then great, do it! If you want to have changes of outfits that's fine too (although bear in mind, if the shoot is in a public place, there may not be a place to change). I do have a range of props too so if you see something in the gallery just ask, if it's mine, I'll bring it.
Of course, if you wish to have that sudio look I can bring my mobile studio to your home (this is the prefered option for most people with very young babies). It still has a much more relaxed feel as your child/ren are in their own enviroment which they are comfortable in. The advantages here are that you do not have to rely on good weather for the shoot to take place and if young children need to stop for feeds etc it is not a problem because unlike in a studio it doesn't cause a queue of waiting customers.
With both options you can expect the shoot to last up to an hour. New babies sometimes take a little longer. If you go for the home studio option my set up time is approx 20-30 minutes, take this into account when arranging a time slot if you are fitting it around naps etc.
When deciding what to wear for shoots I feel that brighter colours work best, try to avoid white, I know that is is modern and neutral but because of the lights it can tend to bleach out. If you want neutral, pale beiges and light blues always look fresh. For young babies try to avoid dungerees/ pinafores. I know they are cute but the straps do tend to sit away from babies body, looking a bit odd in the photo. Also try to steer clear of collars and lots of bulk around the neck as these can cover the babies faces. It is nice to photograph babies in just a nappy for a few shots too. I have various props if you like the Anne Geddes style charecter shots. If you are having more than one person in the photo's, try to co-ordinate your outfits, sticking to a colour theme of 2 or 3 colours and keeping patterns to a minimum. If you have a person in red, one in blue, one in green and one in pink, for example it looks too busy, same if you have one in spots, one check and one stripes. For any further advice - please don't hesitate to ask.
With a lot of studio based offers, you will often come across a lot of strange and uncompromising rules on what you can have, usually with a hard sell approach where you feel forced into buying photo's you either don't like or need. With 'Lifestyle Portraits' there is a one off fee*, no hidden extra's or conditions of sale.
For just £95 you will recieve the best of the images taken, all edited in high resolution on disc with no watermarks. Some will be in colour, some in black & white, some in sepia.This disc is copyright free so you can print your photo's up anywhere, as many times as like in any format you like, such as canvases and photo products. You can put them on facebook, myspace etc to share with all your friends and family. The amount of images you recieve will vary, depending on how many people you have had photographed. It will be approximately 50, but definately no less than 30 (still a bargain at only £3.16 per image). The fairy shoots have 30 - 40 images as they require a lot more work post shoot.
Please take a look at the gallery for examples of what to expect. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to ask
*Multi's are available at an exta cost - these are combination pictures using several different images. The price on these vary according to the amount of work required and whether you require them on disc or as actual prints. Contact for more details. Examples of multi's and a wider variety of images can be found on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lenny-Smith-Lifestyle-Portraits/121076744586700?v=info
Canvases and acrylic wall panels are also available. Again, contact for prices.