A family shoot is a special event, and often only happens once or twice while your children are young. We truly understand the effort involved in getting the family cleaned up, dressed, with full tummies and in happy moods, to the photogenic location of your choice. It’s no mean feat! So we work hard to maximise our chance of success in every way. This means keeping the shoot fun and efficient, aiming for each session to be 60-90 minutes long. If the weather is looking inclement, we may reschedule to the next available date.
The time of day we choose to meet for your family photoshoot will be determined by two important factors – the best available light and the sleep patterns of your children. Personally, we recommend all kids under three and a half are photographed in the morning, we love to start early when light is soft and humans are fresh! Clothing is best kept to four soft, block colours ( blues, pinks, greys and greens for example, add white and denim as you like). No shoes required! View inspiration in our family photography gallery.
We are happy to recommend some beautiful outdoor locations for your photos should you need any ideas. Naturally, your home is often a good choice for your family photography, or we can step out into the beautiful parks and beaches around Sydney, Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula for some outdoor family photos. When children are older (over 12 months), and conditions are right, there is nothing like shooting outside where there is room to run, play and get a little creative.
Sunset photoshoots are recommended for families with children over four years of age. A perfect late afternoon with just enough blue sky and a setting sun can give us the most incredible light to work in. Beach family photographyis best just before dusk – we always book in for the Golden Hour before sunset. Can be amazing!
Most shoots involve a mix of happy family portraits to capture beautiful smiles, little details and special family moments. Candid play is an essential part of every photo shoot to ensure that lots of relaxed, fun photos are taken too. As a mother of three children, I have years of experience handling newborns and babies, an intrinsic collateral of games and jokes for your toddler and preschooler, not to mention a few tricks for capturing those natural, sparkly-eyed photos that will melt your heart.
"We had such a great family shoot with Cris. She made it super fun and therefore the smiles and laughter in the photos are so natural from everyone, even Dad! They are such special photos, we have many in frames but best of all is the slideshow. Kids love watching it over and over! Looking forward to having another Little Love shoot soon!"
"Cris is such a talented photographer who really went above and beyond to capture special images of our family. Cris clearly has great experience getting the best out of kids during a shoot, a wonderful way of working with light, and a real ability to capture the best instant of any moment. Highly recommend!"