Eeeeeek....what do I wear?!!
This will be running through all the ladies minds right now!
No offence gentlemen, but you’re just more laid back about these things than us women! (for the most part!)
There are 3 main things to consider when choosing what you and the family wear to one of my autumnal sessions:
1) Be comfortable and be yourself.
If the kids are happy in jeans, let them wear jeans. If your daughter is crazy about skirts, don’t force her to wear something different because you’ll just end up with a grumpy child who will glare at my camera!! It’s really important that the kids feel happy too. If it makes your life easier & you want to remember their little foibles…let them wear that spiderman outfit (just make sure you match!!)
I have 3 daughters….I know how children are….make sure they feel awesome too. If that means using the old ‘I’m giving you choices but really I’m bending your mind to my way of thinking‘ trick, then go for it! Pick out 2 outfits that will work, and let them mix and match. As long as they’re reasonably coordinated, we’re good! Failing that…use bribery!
Bear in mind that it might be quite cold/drizzly, so your jacket and accessories are important too! Scarf’s work really well, especially knitted ones, and who doesn’t love a chunky knit hat!
2) Co-ordinate with the family.
Chunky kits and layers look amazing in the autumnal scenery! If you only have mis-matched coloured jackets, choose warm (coordinated!) clothing underneath that means you can ditch the jackets for 10 minutes.
The more coordinated you are, the more amazing your photos will look!
3) Don't clash with nature.
Their combination of layers, chunky knits, denim, & that little pop of colour, made for the most wall worthy photos! In fact…this very image graces the wall of this clients new kitchen, as a massive canvas!
What to avoid.
Definitely avoid bright pinks as they will clash with Autumn itself. Dusky pinks would be better.
Try to stay away from bold, eye-catching patterns. Instead, keep it simple.
Please (pretty please!) avoid clothing with large lettering or logos, as again, these will just distract from the photo!
Finally, I know black is a very popular colour, but for the scenery in Autumn… it can be a little dull!
The most important thing is that you are comfortable and that you have fun! These sessions are quick & cheerful, but the results may well go on your walls, so thinking about what you’ll all wear is worth the effort!
I hope this has helped, if you have any questions or would like some advice, please just holler, I’m always happy to help!
A little inspiration for you!
As our pets get older, we become aware of their mortality, and realise that they won’t live forever – that’s usually when owners want their beloved four legged friends captured.
Take AnnMarie & Henry, for example.
Henry had a condition that meant he struggled to walk when he got older, he eventually got his very own wheels! Henry was the most loved dog on this earth, and his owner was wise enough to invest in professional photos throughout his life. Thankfully as he got older, I was said photographer, and I just loved capturing the bond between woman & dog!
Henry (or Henners as we was affectionately known!) passed quite suddenly last year, a few short months after his last photo session. He may be gone, but AnnMarie’s walls and shelf’s contain constant, beautiful reminders of her boy!
You can read about Jennifer and Robbie’s Session in this blog post!
The bond between a dog and their human is so unique, that only they understand it.
A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
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Piya explained that they had been married a year, but their ‘legal’ wedding took place in Hong Kong, and then another in Bangladesh! This was their ‘Scottish Celebration’ & there was absolutely no pressure, all she wanted was to get ‘just one shot of Scott & I that we love’. She then told me that they were having a Chinese Lion Dance….she had me at Chinese Lion Dance!!
With Piya’s brief being as it was, she hadn’t been fussed about the ‘Getting Ready’ shots….but at 10am that morning I texted her and said I was on my way to The Blytheswood Square Hotel in Glasgow to capture them getting ready – I needed to ‘get’ the whole day for her, and capture those little details that I love so much!
Once the wonderfully relaxed Scott was eventually ready, and Piya had all their beautiful Indian Wedding outfit in place, she stopped dead & noticed her husband in his full Scottish Dress. ‘Oh wow, you look so handsome’ – my heart just about melted into a puddle at that point!
This day was so chilled out it was almost horizontal! Piya drove herself and Scott to the venue in her full get up – how she managed to drive I don’t know – but I made sure to stay a wee bit behind on the drive, just incase!!
The beautiful House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park was the choice of venue, as Piya is a huge fan of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Her family had been told to get there on time (apparently Indians can be quite relaxed!) as Piya wanted photos with all the family variations – and they dutifully arrived on time! Her dad was so handsome in his Traditional Scottish Troos, while mum was wearing the Indian Sari, the contrast was a photographers dream!
Time for those shots of Piya and Scott! Now let me explain a few….Piya & Scott are apparently well known for their selfies, hence the all important photos of them taking selfies! They also got a little Bollywood on me at times, making for some very untraditional, but just so ‘them’ shots!
The ceremony, with traditional hand-tying, was so personal, performed by Piya’s ‘Womb Buddy’, Mish! They had readings from their best friends, and at the end, invited any of their to ‘have their’ say. It’s safe to say that this couple are so loved by their family and friends, and I can see why. The love they share is so beautiful. Two people who both grew up in Scotland, who maybe thought they’d never find ‘The One’ – found their soul mate on the other side of the world, in Hong Kong. Be still my beating heart!
I stayed for the first dance and then a few more…guttingly leaving just before the entire wedding party got on the dance floor for a Proclaimers song!!
It was an amazing day, and such a pleasure to be a part of their special day. And….we got way more than one shot they loved!
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In their words “Jan and Norman are always trying to get some nice group shots of their grandkids and they often don’t achieve great results. The kids are either not in the same place, or not prepared to play ball.”
The week leading up to the shoot was glorious. ON the day…not so much! The rain was pounding the ground and getting 8 children corralled (and more importantly happy!) in Scottish rain was just not happening! The entire shoot ended up being indoors, but after some rearranging of furniture, bribing of children and some [JSP] charm….each child was photographed within an inch of their life, and I even got some grown ups!!
Jan & Norman’s home is so full of love, and so full of memories for both the children and grand-children, that I wanted to get some more natural, story-telling shots that the family can enjoy for years to come. All those little details that seem insignificant just now, become so important as time goes on, and a simple photograph can induce so many memories and feelings, that it becomes absolutely priceless.
Thank you for having me in your wonderful, warm & welcoming home!
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Man is a dogs best friend…or in this case, woman is!
Jennifer got Robbie when she was 10 years old. He’s been her constant companion & best furry friends for 11 years now. He’s getting on (not that you’d know it!) and Jennifer wanted to capture him professionally while he’s still spritely.
Yes, you can take photos on your phone, but dogs are not easy to capture, even when they’re standing still! Jennifer knew this, and wanted to have some beautiful images of her boy on the wall, that she could treasure forever.
I’m a dog person (I have a dog, Jasper!) and they all have the most amazing personalities. They’re also great fun to photograph, and they have THEE most beautiful, soulful eyes!
Jennifer, Robbie and I, took a walk down by the River Clyde, a walk Robbie has taken daily for years! We let Robbie play, we had him sit and pose, and we even had him in a Christmas jumper!
Jennifer was thrilled with the results, and I walked away knowing that dogography was something I really wanted to do more of!