Saturday was one of those picture perfect kind of days; the sun was shining, Buxton looked beautiful and there were smiles all around.
It seemed fitting that we had booked a photo session with White Box Photography to capture this new stage in our family’s life adventure – the move to Buxton. A few of my more organised friends have proudly shown off their new baby family pics on Facebook (yes that’s you Emily Macdonald!) and I wanted to try it out.
We don’t have many newborn family pics of baby E as she was in hospital for quite a while after she was born and once out I had the constant wild woman look about me of someone getting about 3 hours sleep a night – not particularly photogenic. I really wanted to try a family photo shoot and the criteria for me was a) not too expensive (incase I didn’t like the pics of me, more of a behind the camera kind of gal), b) gave us digital copies with copyright so we could do as we pleased with them and c) in a local, informal situation so I didn’t get too stressed about the whole thing!
After trawling the web I came across a discussion on a Facebook parenting group where they recommended White Box Photography. I had a quick peek at their website and was excited to see that the next session in Buxton was just after we had moved up. With only a £15 booking fee (of a total cost £45 per session) it meant that if we had to cancel due to E being unwell it wouldn’t be too costly.
Ahead of the session I messaged Liam at White Box Photography asking for advice on how to prepare. He helpfully suggested:
- The sessions are informal and taken mostly sitting on a white background so wear clothes for comfort and modesty.
- White clothes often lose detail and can make the subject a bit bland so pastel or strong colours which suit the individual work well.
- Look other photos to see if there are any particular poses you’d like.
And I’d add to the list:
- Take at least two changes of clothes in case the baby is sick and be careful holding them as they may be sick on you!
- Pick outfits for the family that you think will compliment each other.
- Plan the day’s timings, I worked out when I’d need to boob E so that she’d be a full happy baby for the shoot, not hungry or tired.
The session was booked, we sorted out our clothes to wear (first time for me not wearing jeans since E was born!) and looked forward to the shoot.
When we arrived we were warmly greeted by Liam and Carolyn who instantly put us at ease. First for photos was Elizabeth; we changed her into a dress, then repositioned the dress where she was a bit sick and with much squeeking of her Sophie giraffe Liam captured some smiley pics.
Then it was a family turn, three of us sitting together – was lovely and quick!
We then changed E into her awesome stripy outfit and tried just ones of her. She started crying so I went in to cheer her up and Liam took some pics of me and a giggling little girl before it was finally daddy’s turn.
The shoot wizzed by and Liam took loads of photos. After the session finished I picked E up and she promptly threw up over both of us – timing 🙂
Carolyn let us look at all the pictures whilst she burnt them onto disc and we were done. Here’s one of the gorgeous pictures of me and my little pickle!
A brilliant photo session, it was just what we wanted and for such a reasonable price we’re going to book to go back again.
Now I’m an ‘expert’ at this, here’s what I recommend you should think about before booking a family photographer:
- Do you get copyright of the photos so you can print them how you like, e.g. a mug for gran, framed photo etc.?
- How long a session do you want? We were happy with 15 mins but you might want a longer session with more clothes / prop changes.
- Are they run at a time and location suitable for you?
- Does the photographer seem friendly – you need someone who will put you at ease to get good photos out of you and your family.
- Does the price fit your budget?
- Can you look at previous photos the photographer has taken? You need to be happy with their style.
Here’s a summary of baby friendliness of the whole experience:
- Nice and quick! Babies have short attention spans.
- Time for an outfit change.
- Baby friendly photographer and colleague who made E smile.
- Easy to get to location (space for pushchair).
- Well priced.
- Photos on CD and copyright free so we can easily share with family around the world.
- If your baby is under 3 months the first shoot is free!
- No baby changing facilities we could see at the location, but plenty of floor space.
- Short photo session – some people might prefer a longer shoot.
- Nowhere to sit and feed a baby, if required, but High Street, with cafes, was 5 minutes away.
Thanks for reading, here’s to our next adventure!