If you follow me on social media, I have been spamming your feed with sneak peeks of these photos - if I wasn't so over the moon with these pictures, and the shoot experience as a whole, I might apologize. haha!
The truth is, aside from one extended family photo shoot we had with Rob's side of the family, we've never had our immediate family pictures taken. I've always wanted to and believe in the value of photography; but just never made the time to make the arrangements. That was until I discovered the work of Morgan Webb Photography. As you can see from the pictures above, her work is simply incredible. Morgan's attention to emotion, to candid moments, to capturing the essence of her subject(s) is such a gift of hers. I was honoured that she was able to document this time in our life, these images are a treasure I will cherish far beyond the mayhem of this stage in raising our children.
If you're handy to the East Coast of Canada, I encourage you to consider in the investment of having Morgan capture your family. You can find all her information here.
If booking with Morgan Webb Photography isn't an option for you, but you're considering a shoot with a photographer, I've included a simple list of suggestions to make your shoot as easy as possible (even with children, it can be done - I promise!). These tips were kindly provided to me by Morgan Webb in preparation for our shoot, and they made such a difference. I should note, since Morgan wouldn't have written this about herself, ensure that you're booking your session with a photographer whom you feel relaxed and comfortable with. I had a few interactions with Morgan prior to our pictures and I felt like I instantly knew her. I shared with her that I'm not really comfortable having my picture taken and was a bit nervous this would show in our photos. She offered me reassurance that my insecurities wouldn't be an issue and she built me up to actually look forward to the experience. During the shoot, she was patient, easy to talk to, she communicated well, and throughout nothing felt rushed or forced. When you find a photographer that is truly passionate about their work and clients, you know you're in good hands. Establishing a good rapport with your photographer is the first step towards the perfect shoot.
Five Simple (but effective) Family Photography Shoot Tips:
- Choose a time of day with good lighting, don't be afraid of overcast! It's always the best natural diffuser.
- Wear statement pieces and things that make you feel great! Don't match, but coordinate outfits. My go to is two neutrals and a pop of colour.
- Ensure young children are fed and make sure they are prepared with what to expect (if they can understand). Have fun with it . Natural photos are the best!
- Don't stress about the perfect shot.. .that 'exact' Pinterest photo is just going to drive you nuts and won't help you relax.
- If you are self conscious about a part of your body, try not to dwell on it. Remember, it is so important to capture memories with you and your family on film. Your kids won't look at it that way! They will look at that time you guys all had fun together.
**My sincerest thank you to Morgan Webb for this opportunity to work together. I also wish to extend my gratitude to my aunt and uncle, who graciously allowed us to have our photos taken on their beautiful property - such a wonderful compliment to our photos was having them taken at a place that is especially meaningful.