Rebecca Challis Photography » Children's photographer in New Malden

What to expect

My main aim of your photography session is to ensure that everyone has a good time and we end up with some fabulous portraits of your family that you will treasure.  Prior to your session, we will have a chat so I know who is coming to the shoot, their names and ages and a little bit about them. I like to be able to connect with the kids and chat with them so it’s good to know if they prefer Charlie & Lola, playing Minecraft, ballet, football or just being outdoors making dens and climbing trees! We can discuss whether you would prefer me to come to your home or meet out on location in one of our beautiful parks or another special place you know.

Your shoot at home – I am always keen to tell the story of your family in their natural environment and showing where you live and spend time makes the photographs very personal to your family. So many people these days spend a great deal of time and money making their homes look beautiful and I love to be able share this in your images too . I LOVE interiors and so like to spend a little bit of time having a tour of your home and getting to know your style. I usually use a few different spots in the house that might have the best light. Often bedrooms and your main living space, we can use the garden too if you would like. I will send you in advance some information on how to prepare the house for the shoot, but it will be as natural as possible! I prefer to use natural light if possible as it creates such beautiful photographs however if it’s a gloomy day or your house is a little darker I can bring some lights to give the extra pop we may need. Example at home session

Your shoot on location – I’m out in the locals parks in all weathers and if you love the outdoors we can find the perfect place for your family session outside! I often shoot in Nonsuch Park, Richmond Park, Cannizaro Park or Wimbledon Common.We can also find other outdoor locations in the Wimbledon, New Malden, Motspur Park and Kingston areas that are also perfect for a photo shoot. I encourage lots of running around and climbing on trees, playing in the long grass which all create lovely natural photographs. I usually mix in some sitting quiet moments on a rug or big log to get those family portraits you will love too and some individual portraits of the children. Example here of a location shoot

It’s also a good idea to have an idea about what you would like out of the shoot. Are you looking for a fantastic framed photograph featuring the whole family to hang in your living room? Would you like a range of shots of the kids showing off their individual personalities to hang as a framed group or montage in the hallway? Perhaps you just prefer digital images and have digital frames or slideshows that you show off in your home. Many of my clients love to have one of my beautiful bespoke leather or linen albums made after their session so they can create a real story from their shoot. We can make sure I get the shots you need and lots of other options too. You can see lots of beautiful samples of my products here.

Once you have confirmed your booking I’ll send you a “what to expect” pack, including what happens on the day, directions if necessary and some guidance about what to wear on the day, no strict rules but just some pointers in case you need them. We will also book in your viewing session in advance so you have an idea of a timeline of when to expect the photographs….it’s usually about 2 weeks after the shoot. Then please prepare to enjoy yourselves – being a rather camera shy person myself I’m very sensitive to people who might not love having their photograph taken and I try and make it as relaxed as possible. I love playing with the children and I’m not shy about singing a couple of nursery rhymes with the toddlers or rolling around in the mud with small boys so please don’t worry about your kids “behaving” themselves. I’ve got lots of tricks to try to get the beautiful photographs that you want to see on your walls every day.

If you would like a taster session then please have a look out for my mini sessions which pop up every few months. These are a great way to see if you would like to book up for a full session or perhaps just to capture a time in your family’s life that you just don’t want to forget.

If you have any questions then please pick up the phone and give me a call………07774 403952 or email [email protected]