Why your photographer sounds nuts…but really isn’t.
You have finally found a photographer you like. You’ve been watching them for a while. You’ve liked stuff on their Facebook feed and you think they sound like your kind of person. They seem to produce loads of images of kids looking happy and it doesn’t look like they’ve been tortured into unnatural poses. Yup, this is the one for you.
So you brave the contact form or probably private message them over Facebook and send a little message asking when would be an OK time to book in for a session.
And to your utter bewilderment they suggest 8 o’clock in the morning or 7 o’clock at night! Whaaat??!
This person has children right?
They get that 7pm is bedtime? Has this person never struggled to get to school/a baby class/nursery for 9am? Let alone 8am? She clearly has a screw or two loose.
But here’s the thing.
It’s all about light. The word ‘photography’ actually means ‘drawing with light’ or let's be slightly more poetic...‘painting with light’.
It’s one of those weird things that photographers talk about all the time that makes them sound a bit geeky. Which they are!
But light, and good light is what makes your skin look brighter and smoother…come on now, what mum doesn’t want that?! It flatters and enhances. It makes your images stand out and adds a certain hint of magic to a session.
But the very best, most gorgeous light comes at not so convenient times. First thing in the morning, or last thing at night. Photographers call it the ‘Golden Hour’. We have apps that tell us when it will be throughout the year. We check them almost as often as our weather apps…told you, geeky!
So when your photographer mentions you meeting for a session at 8am or 7pm it really isn’t just to wind you up. It is in the pursuit of giving you the very best images that they can produce. The images that will have that extra bit of enchantment sprinkled over them.
And really, after spending so long choosing a photographer, looking at websites and Facebook pages, asking friends for recommendations and finally getting in touch with someone to book, you have already invested so much.
You want the best images, not even that, you want blooming stunning images. Portraits that you will hang…forever! That you will show off again and again and that people will comment on every time you repost them on Facebook Memories.
Photography is an investment. It is something that you either love and really see the value of or you don’t. And if you are in the former category then make sure you do everything you can at your side to make it worth the investment.
So, your kids are up at 6 anyway right? Well, get those clothes laid out the night before, ram the toast in, pack a load of snacks and get going early to catch those morning rays. Or extend the afternoon nap and get them kitted up after tea for a little evening adventure.
Yes, it might knock them to pot for a night and believe me, I get how annoying that is. But oh boy, it so beats doing pictures at 1pm with really harsh light that makes you ugly squint whilst casting all kinds of nasty shadows in places you really don’t want to draw attention to.
So yes, we do sound a little nutty. And it’s not that we are unsympathetic to the drama that will unfurl in your house trying to get out of the door at a silly time with immaculate children, God knows I haven’t made it to playgroup for 9am more than 5 times this year.
We do get it, but we want you to ultimately receive the most beautiful images we can provide. We want you to be overjoyed because we are people pleasers and we love nothing more than the rush we get when you tell us that you love them.
Remember, it’s all about you looking amazing, so trust in the geek. They know what they’re talking about.