Hey guys, welcome back to another blog post! I hope you enjoyed my first one. I really enjoyed sharing with you some personal bits and basically how Lottie Bone Photography was born. So here I go again.
This post is going to be slightly different. I am going to share with you 5 reasons why you should book me for your Family Photoshoot- Plus a bonus one! I know how difficult it is finding the right photographer. The right person to let into your precious circle. Trust me, I've been there. So I'm going to make it very easy for you.
1) TRUST ME- I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY.
So what's the first thing you look for when booking a photographer? From an outsider's perspective I guess you want somebody whose style you like firstly, that is important. You want the images to speak to you, and I guess you want to know who the photographer is and whether you are going to like them/ trust them enough to take the photos that you will cherish forever.
You want somebody who is approachable, who makes you comfortable and most importantly somebody you can trust completely. From the moment you come into contact with me you'll soon work out that I am friendly, passionate and patient. I'm a drama teacher and a parent of two, patience is my forte!
My approach to business is: how I can make you feel special, comfortable and relaxed? I understand that not all babies want to sit and smile, not all babies want to lie there, sleep and look cute. I understand that children have bad days and sometimes don't want to play ball. Hence why if your child wasn't feeling it even after I'd attempted all my magic, I would simply re-schedule for another day, no sweat! Sometimes it's just not their day and they aren't to blame. And that's ok.
A lot of parents email me to book their family photoshoot and nearly all of them tell me that their partner, girlfriend, husband, boyfriend, wife, significant other isn't keen and probably won't get in many pictures. This is VERY common. And do you know what every single one has said after? "That wasn't what I expected". "That was actually fun". "I really enjoyed that!" I get it all the time. Just trust me. Get in the photos and make memories with your family. You will never walk away and say "I wish I didn't do that'.
2) WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET!
I have learnt through business and generally being on the receiving end of a service, that if the service provider for example, photographer, is putting on an act or they aren't being their authentic self I can tell straight away. And I think it makes everybody more anxious and tense. It does me anyway!
What is wrong these days with being ourselves? Yes to some extent on some `occasions you may need to rein it in slightly. But from the get go I am unopolgetically myself. From the moment you enquire and receive that first message from me, I am nothing but myself. I overuse exclamation marks- it's true! I am overly keen and generally excited that you have considered me for capturing your family. I want my clients to choose my business for me. My style is bright & airy, I focus on the moments that happen naturally and honestly. If I'm authentic I believe that this reflects in how the shoot feels and ultimately leads to being able to capture everybody being themselves.
3) I LOVE WHAT I DO.
It's a bit of an obvious one but it's true. And it needs to be said. It makes a world of difference when someone is invested in what they do. My job doubles up as my passion so I always strive to give you the best photos and journey plus also bringing out the best version of yourselves in front of the camera. I am one of these photographers that as soon as the photoshoot has done I go home and look at them all straight away. I get too excited. I also always make sure I send some sort of preview or share an image on my socials from that day.
4) I LIKE TO FOCUS ON THE FUN!
As I mentioned above I do get so many emails that always mention how somebody in their family, doesn't like getting their photo being taken. My top tip. Don't dread it, it's family time, its adventures, it's memories that we are creating together. Some families like posed photos. The majority just want it relaxed and captured as it happens. This is also my preference. It's where the true magic is captured. Not everybody likes their photos taken, it's true. I think it's mainly because people feel awkward or uncomfortable. Well I try my hardest to make sure everybody feels welcome, happy and comfortable.
It's easy, no pressure, relaxed and honestly- FUN! That is what lifestyle photography is about.
It's perfect for those who feel awkward in front of the camera and want to avoid fake smiles or uncomfortable moments. It's also perfect for capturing genuine moments that bring life to your photos. Plus usually when I'm pulling crazy faces I also make the adults laugh too.
5) I'M A MUM TOO!
Look, I know the anxiety of the unknown. You've booked your photoshoot, now you just need your children to 'perform'. Well straight away you should understand that being a mama of two I understand all of it. I have the patience that comes with that. I understand children. I've taught drama for 10+ years- trust me. I understand them! I have a few tricks up my sleeves. So don't panic and just trust me. There is never judement here. Just understanding and empathy.
BONUS ONE- LOOK NO FURTHER
Be silly. Be fun.
Be different. Be authentic.
Be YOU, because life is too short to be anything else.
I want to capture the best images for you and create something really special that you can always look back on, share and remember. Time flies, it really does. It's scary.
I also know what it feels like to not have many photos of the entire family and certainly for me, as I am the one always taking the photos. Make sure you get in the photos, it's something you won't regret once you do it.
I am sure you have been meaning to get a round to booking a photoshoot. But look no further… I’m your woman! I am passionate, caring and truly I'm a really nice person that wants the best for every single one of you.
I always like to stick a quote in somewhere so here's one that serves it's purpose.
“The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we’ve made along the way.”