Bluebell Photography Mini Shoot in Hampshire

Thanks to the Great British Weather, the bluebells here in Hampshire have been delayed in exploding out this year – rather they have crept out slowly and unassumingly. So you can imagine my delight when I arrived today with my first bluebell client of the year to be greeted by a carpet of blue!

I had the absolute privilege of photographing 3 year old identical twin girls Caitlin and Eloise. I was lucky to photograph them back in the beautiful Autumn light last year, and we had just as much fun today! And yes – I can even tell them apart now! (In case you want to know – Caitlin is in the pink and white striped dress with the ducks on the bottom, and Eloise is in the pink dress and white t-shirt)! They are absolutely fabulous to photograph – they love the camera and seem to instinctively know what to do in front of it.

Mini Shoot – what can I expect?

I thought it would be useful for me to write a quick summary of a mini shoot in case anybody is interested but doesn’t quite know what to expect from it.

As an ex-teacher and a mum to two little people, I like to think that I can relate and engage with children pretty well. I take it at their pace as much as possible although, as I am sure you can appreciate, this is slightly harder in a mini shoot what with the time restrictions (this is where it is good to provide me with as much information as possible in advance).

The shoots can take on several forms – total freedom and I capture everybody in the moment in a totally relaxed and natural manner. I can direct all of the shots if you are after more posed and structured photos. Or we can mix it up and do a mix of both. It is your photo shoot so you choose what works for you and your family!

Getting a focus

What I have found tends to work most successfully in such a short and focussed period of time is to do a few posed photos at the beginning (so we can get some bankers).

I then find it works quite well to give the children a job or task (age and gender appropriate). In this case it was collecting the bluebells in my basket. This gives the natural and beautiful photos where the children are distracted and focussed and so they aren’t concentrating on the camera!

Another option that works well if you have more than one child, is to get them to sit together and then sniff the blubells (which turned into a bluebell sword war this morning! ) This allows for some lovely interaction between siblings.

Fun time!

Once we have managed to capture a few quality images, if there is enough time, I let the children just play and let off steam. In the case of Eloise and Caitlin, they had been telling me how much they love climbing, so we went off on a little stroll through the bluebells until we found some logs to climb on. This is such an important part of the process as means the children feel relaxed, listened to and like they get something out of the shoot as well!

What about Mum and Dad?

You will notice from these photos that there is a lack of Mum and Dad. This was deliberate. Dad was at work and Mum was not keen on having her photo taken. She was there at all times, but it is important to me that I respect parents wishes. I hate having my photo taken, so would far rather have my children take the spotlight by themselves.

I do not want anybody to feel uncomfortable or awkward in a shoot, so will do whatever I can to put you all at ease and respect your wishes. If you want to be included then that’s great, if not, then that is also absolutely fine. It is just as important for you to provide support and encouragement (and wipes) from the sidelines!

I really hope this has been useful for you in case you had any queries or general wonderings about what happens and what to expect. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions.

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