Memories frozen in time, recorded forever.....
Why do I need to hire an experienced family photographer, my phone takes amazing images. As an experienced family portrait photographer I do hear this a lot. It makes my heart sing and sink both at the same time. So, I’m going to give you a few reasons why you should hire an experienced family photographer. Here's 6 reasons to get some taken......
I will get the best out of your children experienced family photographer I’m not sure if you’ve heard it talked about, but photographers struggle to get lovely shots of their own children. I have been out with the kids and heard Mums shouting “smile nice, no not like that, I just want one photo! Our babies are hard wired to do the complete opposite we ask, it’s taken a while for me to accept this. As an experienced family photographer, I have experienced it all. My years of trials & tribulations have resulted in me being able to get the best out of your little humans. Being an outdoor family photographer helps a lot. Environment plays a big part on whether your little human is going to be comfy. Being out and about, having mum & dad present in the moment has always been a recipe for success. I can get the best out of your children because I’m different, I’m new to their little world. That tends to encourage great behaviour. Since I’ve started shooting outdoors I’ve yet to experience a little human having a meltdown. We are having too much fun.
I see moments that you miss Connections are my jam. I’m constantly looking for them. Between mum & dad, or daddy & daughter, you get the idea. We are so used to each other we often miss the looks of love that are being sent our way. They are always there, but we are too busy zipping the coat. Distractions abundant. But when I'm there, I'm looking for them. Searching faces and when i see it that’s when i click. Most photographers should always be able to pull off a pretty family portrait. However experienced family photographers are going to take it to another level and capture the unspoken moments. The bond between sisters is priceless. I guarantee mum can list the 10 arguments they had already had that morning. But look the love is there, its deep and it breath-taking. These moments we miss, is it because they are like the air we breathe? We are so used to having them around we sometimes miss them. I see them, I love them so much, they fill my soul with joy.
You can be in the photographs! This has to be one of the most important reasons. Seriously our phones are amazing, but it means we are on the wrong side of the camera!! When our little humans look back at their childhood don’t be missing from it. Jump in front of the camera and be part of your family. Or hire an experienced family photographer like ME!
Your babies need to see the looks of love that were there throughout their childhood. Photographs are evidence that you didn’t just shout at them to eat their veg & do their homework. Look at this precious little moment between mum & daughter. It is packed to the brim with love & joy. Capturing these moments are my speciality. Connections, can’t beat them.
Technical & Digital Editing Experience
Phones & Digital SLR’s are amazing. The tools available to everyone to get a lovely sharp shot now is wonderful. Everything is digital nowadays. Now I’m the first to put my hand up and say if you are after a dinosaur chasing you then I’m not your photographer. Photoshop is amazing can remove a pimple, make someone completely unnatural or look beter than real life but I have the experience and knowledge as an experienced photographer at getting it right in the camera. Lightroom would be the digital software I use, and it lets me play with the light. The all-important light. This is where i finish up my images. However, have you seen the filters available and the new iPhone 1000 (or whatever the newest one is) it can create depth of field! Amazing! However, you could have the best equipment and still take a really poor shot. I know this because my family tried to take a picture of myself & my mum a few weeks ago. Blurry, terrible angles, eyes closed, depth of field off they were a disaster on the technical side. However, on the emotional side they mean a lot to me.
As my Mum says you only get what you pay for... Experience is a wonderful attribute. Have you ever bought a bunch of flowers from Tesco’s and tried to arrange them at home? I know right. Or have you ever attempted to make a piece of clothing? I attempted to make a skirt in my 20’s seriously it was bad, really bad. However that didn’t stop me wearing it! So, if we value the experience of other industries then we should by default value the experience of a family photographer. We know what works; we know how to get you to relax in front of a camera. Which for me is super hard. As soon as a camera is pointed at me i dislike it intensely! Beautiful sharp images, lighted correctly, capturing the emotion / moment. This comes from experience. Fun, joyful & playful all come from being lost in the moment. This comes from letting an experienced family photographer spend time with you and your family. You only get what you pay for.
Now please do not mix this up with fake. Fake makes me run for the hills. What I mean very simply from this is. You will have spent a little time styling your kids & yourself because you want your pictures to look nice. You as a family have agreed to spend the afternoon together just being present with each other. Phones are nowhere to be seen. Mums and Dads talk to their little humans and when they do, seriously they glow with joy. Kids love being the centre of attention. Mum & Dad relax when their little humans are relaxed and having fun. So before you know it you are all naturally being the best version of yourselves. That is so worth capturing. Every single time. Life is stressful and its going by so quickly, so if we can take 2 hours to relax and just be ourselves. The results are phenomenal, trust me, I see it every time I head out with a family. Those little moments when you squish together. It’s the best reason out of all of them to hire an experienced family photographer. Photographs release endorphins into our bodies, they make us feel happy, nostalgic, sad. They provide a window to that moment that flew by when we weren’t noticing.
Thank you for your interest in Eddy Calvin Photography! I know planning photos, whether it is for a family Christmas card, your wedding day, or anything in between, can be confusing and downright stressful. The following outlines what you can expect from your photo shoot, from the first contact, to the last print, which will hopefully ease some of those fears. As a reminder, you can always email email@example.com or call 07938-142-386 if you have any questions. I’m happy to help! Booking a Session: As soon as you are interested in booking a session, shoot me an email or give me a call. We will discuss all the specifics of what you are looking for with your photo session. Some things we will solidify are what type of photos you’d like (senior, family, etc), what location you are interested in, when is the best time for your photos, and which pricing package you would like. I’ll compile all this information in a convenient email and contract and send it your way. The email will also include information such as the details of the session, how to pay, help on what to wear, and a few other titbits of information. An invoice will follow, however, you are welcome to pay with cash or check (all payment is due one week before your session). Once the session fee or deposit is paid, your session is booked. I book 4-6 weeks in advance, and I am booking as far out as needed (especially for weddings). Autumn and spring weekend sessions go very quickly, and are often booked several months in advance, so it is never to early to get your session date reserved. Several packages are available that include digital files and prints. Edited photos are available within 3 weeks of your session and 6-8 weeks for a wedding. You can order prints, single digital files, prints, and many other items straight from your online gallery.
Your Photo Session:
Photo sessions are about an hour or so long but don't worry if it runs on a wee bit as they often do. We will meet at the selected location at the scheduled time, go over any special photo requests or needs you have, and then get shooting! We will do lots of different poses, backgrounds, and walk around our location to get new perspectives. I try to keep things relaxed, talk about you and your family, and try not to make it all about posing or stiff smiles. I like to capture the candid moments just as much as the smiling-at-the-camera moments. I’m happy to accommodate any fun posing ideas you have, or any props you’d like to incorporate. At the end of the session, I’ll answer any last questions and then we’re all finished! The following are a couple titbits of information that can make your photo experience more enjoyable: If you have young children, feel free to bring anything that will keep them happy (e.g. snacks, juice, favourite toy, etc.). Please remember the weather. If it is hot, you may want to bring a water bottle; cold, maybe a jacket between shots. Please feel free to bring any props that you find fun (I’ve had people bring sunglasses, hats, bicycles, signs, dogs, and even horses!). If you are planning a clothing change, remember that it may need to be done in the car as many locations are remote.
After Your Session:
As soon as your session is over, I transfer your photos onto my computer with double backup, and begin editing. It takes about three weeks to edit and prepare your gallery. At that point, I will send you an email with your gallery link and password as well as ordering information. If you pre-ordered the digital files and prints, those will ship within a week of your album posting. You are welcome to order prints from my professional lab through your gallery or use your digital files to get prints made at your favourite lab. You can also order a mini USB (up to 10 images) or single digital files. Your gallery will be available for six weeks after posting (six months for weddings). Specialty photo albums and photo books can be ordered directly from Jenna. Albums and books are individually designed to best reflect your photo shoot. Please contact me for more information on these items, and allow several extra weeks for specialty item processing. My goal is to give you natural, timeless photography that captures your unique personality. That means that through my editing process, my goal is to make your photos look as natural as possible while still making you look 110% your best. There are beautiful editing techniques out there, and they are changing all the time, however, I want you to look back on your photos in 50 years and be just as impressed with them as you are now. Just like fashion, editing styles become dated. But I feel that photos with natural colours, simple editing, and using light and colour to capture beautiful photos, instead of heavy post-processing, will give you a priceless gift that will last generations. Through all that, I want to capture your real personality and relationships through the images. You will of course get the traditional “everyone smiling at the camera photo,” but you will also get photos of you laughing, interacting with your loved ones, being silly, and just basically pictures of how you really are. We don’t all stand together and smile in the same direction, we smile at each other, and those images speak so beautifully about the relationships between people and families. I strive to make your experience with Eddy Calvin Photography as easy as possible, and if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, don’t hesitate to call/text (07938-142-386) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to help! And if this didn’t answer all your questions, please visit my Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.