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Film Session - Info

While there are no "rules" for your session, I found that some clients like to prepare for their session and so I have put together some tips to help. Remember it's not about documenting what you do, it's about capturing the essence of who you and your family are!

What should I expect?

The session will be super relaxed, I am simply there to document you and your family to be able to keep these memories forever! Enjoy the day. Slow down. Our lives are so busy. Trust me, I know: my kids go to school - it's drop off, it's pick up, I'm working. From the time we pick them up it's so rushed. Then on the weekend we have birthday parties, sports, social activities, etc. Just take this time and enjoy being with each other. This is why you work so hard.

 

After our session, the images I captured will go through an editing process, where I will choose the best ones that I know you will love! The photos will then be uploaded to your personal gallery approximately 2 weeks after your session, so please make sure you keep an eye on your emails. I will also keep working on your film and will send you this in around 6 weeks after your session.

What kind of things do you want us to do?

I encourage families to have a think about what their typical Sunday looks like - what would you do if I weren't there? What is your idea of how to spend your perfect family day? Basically, what do you want captured?

If you're stuck for ideas, some activities that previous clients have enjoyed are:

  • peek-a-boo

  • hide and seek

  • cuddles on the couch

  • reading a book together

  • working on a puzzle together

  • preparing a meal together

  • dancing

  • bubbles

  • exploring

Again, these are just some ideas but it's best if you do things that your family love doing together, the film will be more meaningful in the future. Just remember to put the screens away for our session!

What if the kids don't want to cooperate?

Because kids are kids, I don't force them to do anything at all as it's not going to be a good outcome for anyone! In fact, I encourage the kids to choose some activities that they love to do (away from screens) with you as that will make for some beautifully authentic moments!

Please don't bribe your kids with anything because I don't need them to be on their best behaviour. Kids are kids and I can make this look amazing. Feel free to intervene and discipline if you feel it's necessary but don't feel like you need to do anything for me.

How do I prepare the house for you?

I understand the need to have the house looking perfect, like a display home, but the problem with that is that it's not very personal or lived in... If you can manage it, a general tidy up is honestly perfectly fine (tissues, rubbish and things like that).

Lighting: artificial lights are not my friend when I am shooting video. Instead, I encourage you to open up all curtains and blinds for that gorgeous natural light!

Sound: this is a big part of your film. Sometimes normal household sounds can be distracting and drown out your family's voices. If you can, please turn off things such as your TV, dishwasher, washing machine and air conditioner/heater.

What do I wear?

This is a question I am asked A LOT. The most important thing is that you are comfortable!

The colours should compliment each other if possible but not match exactly. If you try for neutral tones with a touch of colour that works quite well.

Things to avoid:

  • Thin stripes - as this can create a moire effect in video

  • Logos and big characters on clothing - these can be distracting

  • Tracksuits

  • Fluorescent clothing

Bare feet are awesome if we are filming inside your home as they really add to the comfortable feel of the video.

Remember, this is just a guide. The most important thing is that you are comfortable! If you are unsure, just ask me and I am happy to help you out!