Jo de Magneval
Unique family photography
Let me talk today about 'in home' family photography and why I love it!
Childhood memories and their importance.
Let's go back to your childhood and think of your own memories. The old photo albums that you look through now may be full of the big summer holiday but I bet there are so many everyday moments in there as well. Looking at these will take you right back to that moment and all those activities that you used to love and obsess over (but possibly forgotten about now!).
Like the old comfy sofa I used to watch Blue Peter on or the kitchen I didn't stop making choux pastry in one summer or eating spaghetti with chopsticks for a brownie badge!
Think of your childhood room that changed and evolved as you did, the slowly emptying of toys and filling with teenage posters and photos of friends.
It's this idea of capturing the magic ordinary moments in the our homes that our children now grow up in that makes in home photography so special. After all, what could be better than transporting your children back to the place where all those memories were made?
The Secret to Success
Planning with fun being the only objective!
Think of your children's favourite activities, where do you find them on a rainy day? What do they love to do more than anything else? What are their favourite hobbies? How do they chill out? Do they play an instrument?
Is den building their thing or hide and seek with siblings? Pillow fights or jumping on the bed? Painting, baking, puzzles or lego creating?
We can capture all of these, moving easily from one activity to the next. If they love baking, then let's get messy and bake! If they love story reading let's curl up together and read some books.
Documenting these moments in family photography enables you to return to them again and again in later life, really helps cement and remind you all what they loved growing up!
Plus, once everyone is having fun, the photos will take care of themselves!
All the space in all your house
We can use as many of the spaces you live as possible (light depending!) so let's explore the house together. It keeps it interesting and stops the kids getting bored!
From bedrooms to kitchens, each space tell a different story and many a magical moment can be had in them. Remember that these moments may be simple but they are no less special because they capture a space in which you share so much time together... these family photographs will start conversations again and again - I promise!
Family Group Portraits
We all want that beautiful group picture, when you are all looking directly at the camera and everyone is smiling, however, once we have got that 'eye to camera' shot, I find that more often than not, the best photos happen afterwards, when you are connecting to each other, laughing and joking, holding hands or breathing them in so deep because you love them so much.
Just being you. Together.
Many people are not comfortable in front of a camera and that is why I try not to force posing, because when you are stiff and so far from being relaxed the photos that are taken don't really feel like you at all!
So there you have it, some thoughts of mine why I love this style of photography! Each family photography session is so different because every family is!
That is what is so wonderful about this style of photography, you get to be you!
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