Family Photographer Near Me?

Did you search Family Photographer Near Me? I was recently doing a little research and not surprisingly google was still the place people go to when searching for a photographer. What I did find surprising was a lot of people search for “Family Photographer near me?”.

This set me thinking… do we live in a world where we expect to find things on our door step or a world in which we don’t mind traveling some distance. The answer to this question seems as endless as time itself, many people will buy something on ebay and travel the length of the country to collect, but when it comes to a service they seem to want it a little closer to home. So I thought I would compile a list of all the things you should probably prioritise when selecting a good Family Photographer.

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Kids PhotoShoot

In the following order this is what you should look for in Your Family Photo-shoot.

1- Do I like the photo’s on the website? Seems fundamental doesn’t it, well I certainly think so. In actual fact if you read nothing else on this list then I would feel happy.

2-Is this going to be a fun experience with a personal approach? I meet a lot of people who tell me they hate having their picture taken, and after one of our family photoshoots tell me they actually enjoyed it. I have no objections to a victorian and military approach, but if you have youngsters then they may prefer someone who’s willing to blow the odd raspberry to get a giggle.

Family Photo Shoot
Family Photo Shoot Near Me?

3-What do I need to budget for products? Yes, the taboo subject of money. Good photography costs money, bad photography is cheap. As a word of advice save up a few penny’s before going to the studio. It will be worth it, these images are going to be hanging on the wall for decades. If you buy a family portrait for £300 and it hangs on the wall for 50 years you will have spent £6 a year on that photo. Thats about 2p a day.

4- How close is the studio to me? The last thing on my list, simply because a good photograph is worth travelling for. OK maybe not to far, but a half an hour drive is very little really.

You can always contact us, to learn more.

Family Photographer Near Me?

Autism Friendly Photo Shoot

Getting a good photograph of all the kids all looking at the camera is a challenge in itself, as parents and photographers we know this too well. For a child with autism, this can be a very overwhelming and upsetting experience, especially if they are in a new environment and with people they do not know.

When appointing a photographer, it is important to make them aware before the shoot that a member of the family is on the autism spectrum. Let the photographer know what their sensitivities are – does the session need to remain calm and quiet, are they sensitive to flashing lights etc… The photographer needs to gain their trust, so let them know subjects they like to talk about.

We recently welcomed the Cartwright family to the studio. Mum made us aware at the time of booking that her son has ASD. She mentioned that he loves fishing, which Phil is a keen fisherman himself. When they arrived at the studio, he was a little shy and not very keen to get in the studio. To give him time to get used to the studio environment, Phil chatted with his sister and got her excited about the shoot. Once he could see that his sister was comfortable and happy, he soon became involved. Throughout the session, Phil kept it quiet and calm. When asking him to get in different positions, if he wasn’t happy or keen, Phil altered the pose to how he was comfortable. The end result was a great set of images, that Mum was over the moon with. Here’s the review she left on our facebook page:

“I brought my 2 children here my eldest has ASD and Phil made sure the studio was quiet and calm he talked through everything with my son and managed to capture some lovely photos of both children.
Previous to the photo shoot I sent an email with my sons hobbies etc. So he knew exactly what to talk about with my son. Would highly recommend the studio and the photos were lovely. Thankyou”

If you are considering a family photo shoot session, click here to contact us.

Brothers Photo Shoot Session

We recently welcomed the Seabright brothers to the studio for a photo shoot experience. Mum had won a Family Photo Shoot gift voucher at their school’s Christmas fete, that we had donated to.

The brother’s, aged 7 and 5, stepped out in front of the camera looking very dapper indeed in bow ties. Phil had great fun with the boys, even getting shots of them hugging (not strangling) each other. Whilst they changed in to a more casual outfit, we changed the backdrop to get some great shots on the blue.

When mum, dad and the boys returned to view the photos, they were all over the moon. After a lot of debating, they managed to select their absolute favourites to take pride of place on their wall at home.

Below are a few of the images from the shoot. If you would like to talk to us about your next family photo shoot session, contact Phil and Vicky on 01827 215 707 or click here.

What to wear for a photoshoot

What to wear for a photoshoot?

A question that you didn’t think about until you had booked the photographer, booked to have your hair done and arranged all your family.  What to wear for a photoshoot?  This is an area that is worth thinking about and maybe making some new purchases.  The clothing that you wear in a photograph will make a big difference.  In our article below we have outlined a few things to think about before delving into the depths of your wardrobe. Or telling your whole family to go out and buy a brown turtle neck.

Theme of the shoot

We are not necessarily talking about fancy dress when we think what to wear for a photoshoot, but we are talking about a theme for the clothing.  Things to consider when deciding to use

what to wear for a photoshoot

a theme.  Firstly is everyone in the photographs going to suit that theme.  Secondly are the people involved going to be willing to purchase some new clothes to fit in with your grand plan.  A theme should be based around suitability for your group.  A toddler on their own is fine to wear a fairy costume, but grandma probably won’t be too happy to wear one.  For larger family groups a  summer theme, all wearing shorts and t-shirts with sunglasses, or maybe a more wintery feel with heavy coats and woolly hats.

Co-ordinated clothing

If a theme isn’t your thing then what is very important is to make sure everyone co-ordinates (and co-operates) with their clothing.  Some simple rules here can make your photo’s even better.  The same colour but in different shades is always pleasing, blues, browns, blacks, whites all work really well.  One thing to avoid is a heavy pattern, checked or tartan prints will just detract from the people in the photo.  This is also where the co-operation comes in.

‘…stuff that, I’m not going to where a blue shirt I’m going to where my Man Utd shirt thats my favourite’.  Guess what, that person has just taken over the photograph and virtually made them the only visible thing in it.  Don’t forget you can always take a change of clothes and swap over to see which you prefer.  If football is your thing and everyone wheres a football shirt, that’s coordinated and also themed.

Whats the mood of the photo?

Also try to have a good think about the mood of the photo.  Fun and formal suits is something that rarely goes together nor a posed formal photo wearing shorts and vest tops.  If the mood is fun, then think casual, if the mood is formal then think sWhat to wear for a photoshootmart.

Fashion thats my thing

Great! Fashion, it’s been the staple of most peoples existence for thousands of years.  One thing to bear in mind when going with the latest fashion, is it will put a date on your photograph.  That may be exactly what you are looking for.  In my opinion a dated photo is a good thing.  Not for you don’t panic! We are not all fashion followers. Even if you are and don’t want to date your photo there is an easy solution.  Smart/casual trousers and polo shirts/shirts are quite literally timeless.

These are all just thoughts and observations that we have collected over the years.  We are just humble photographers, and I’m sure you have your own ideas.  We do how ever get asked frequently and hope this article will help everyone who reads it.

Down syndrome photo shoot, a parents guide

Down Syndrome isn’t what makes it tricky, it’s the photographer…(and maybe the parents)

Please raise your hand if you have ever thought, ‘family photo shoot that just isn’t going to work for us’.  OK I don’t think your alone. Pretty much any family with a child under the age of 14 has those thoughts.  To feel a little apprehensive about attending a shoot at your local family photographers is a perfectly natural reaction to the concept.  Well there is good news, with your understanding of your child’s needs and a photographer who is willing to be educated, it’s easy to achieve those beautiful family portraits that will be the envy of all your friends.  Here we are going to walk you through our own experiences which should be helpful when you head into the studio.

The easy bit

Most children with Down syndrome have excellent social skills, and keen to explore their new surroundings. Visual supports like looking at other peoples photos, help them understand what to expect. The photographer should use these key elements to build a rapor and gain their trust.

The not so easy bits

If your child uses non-verbal, expressive language to communicate, try to develop that to assist with providing instruction / guidance during the photo shoot. Maybe you use Makaton signs? Practice the sign for sitting, smiling etc…

Sometimes, the ability of children with Down syndrome to process verbal information is not as good as their ability to hold and process visual information. The processing and recall of spoken information is greatly improved when supported by relevant pictures. It is a great idea for the photographer to have other peoples photos ready to hand to show them how they want them sit and pose.  Patience and a calm environment is a must, it’s not unusual for children to get overloaded by the excitement of it all.

Just to conclude

We were very nervous about writing this blog and have tried not to generalise too much.  Everyone is different, and we ourselves try to adapt to the individuals needs.  Remember photographers tend to be sociable creatures. Their main objective in life is to produce the best photographs they can for their customers.  With this in mind please approach the subject head on, educate and inspire the photographer to create a photograph that contains the very essence of your child.  If you wish to discuss further please get in touch here.

Special Birthday Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot to Celebrate Family Special Birthday Year

We recently welcomed the Essex family to the studio for a family photo shoot session, to celebrate their special birthday year.

Both mum and dad turned 50 this year, and their daughter turns sweet 16. To mark this mile stone year, the family came for a photo shoot session for some beautiful family portraits. The session was really relaxed and great fun. When they returned to view their images, they selected a 4 image multi-frame that will take pride of place in their home.

Here are just a few of the images from their session. For more information on our photo shoot sessions and to book, call the studio on 01827 215 707, or click here to contact us.



Christmas Jumper Photo Shoot

Christmas Jumper Photo Shoot for Christmas Cards

To add that extra personal touch and fun this festive season, send your family and friends an awesome Christmas card with a photo of your clan in their Christmas jumper.

Christmas is a very popular time of year to update your family portraits, not only for yourself to cherish, but they also make very special Christmas gifts. This year, we are asking all of our families to bring along your Christmas jumpers for that fun, unforgettable photo for Christmas cards. You could make it a family tradition?

You will receive the full Philip Charles Photography experience, producing stunning photographs of your family. Incorporating a few shots with your festive outfits will make it all the more fun.

For more information on our Family Portrait sessions, please click here. To book your photo shoot session, call the studio on 01827 215 707 or click here to contact us.   

Update Your Family Portrait This Christmas

Family Portrait for Christmas Gifts

This Christmas, bring your family to the Philip Charles Photography studio to update your family portrait.

Not only do you get to place beautiful portraits of your family on your wall, the photos make excellent Christmas gifts for the rest of the family, especially the Grandparents.

During the one hour session, you will receive the full photo shoot experience, which is enjoyed by everyone, even the most camera shy, and the ‘I don’t like having my picture taken’ one’s amongst you. With a variety of coloured backdrops and Phil’s many years of experience, we will produce a stunning collection of images for you to choose from.  A separate changing is available, therefore you are welcome to bring a change of outfit. Maybe bring along a Christmas jumper?

Here’s just a few images from the Stephen’s photo shoot session.

To book your family photo shoot session, call Vicky in the studio on 01827 215 707 or click here. Booking fee only £20.

 



Family Photo Shoots in Atherstone

Professional Photography Studio for Family Photo Shoots in Atherstone

Philip Charles Photography relocated their professional photography studio last year, June 2018, offering family photo shoots in Atherstone.

Established for over 10 years trading in Tamworth, we made the decision to relocate a couple of miles down the A5 to the lovely market town of Atherstone. Over the last 12 months we have welcomed many, many families of all ages and generations.

One recent family we had the pleasure to shoot was the Moreton family. Mum, dad and their 10 year old son came to update their family portraits. The session was great fun, and produced images that we are all really pleased with. Below are just a few of the images from their shoot.

If you would like more information on our family portraits, click here. To book, contact Phil and Vicky on 01827 215 707.

  

 

One Family Two Photo Shoots

Photo Shoots for the Hughes Family

We recently welcomed the Hughes family to the studio for two separate photo shoots, a couple’s shoot and a shoot for the kids.

We did the couple’s shoot first, which most importantly was to get some amazing portraits of the happy couple, but also as a taster ahead of the kids shoot a couple of weeks later. One of the family members experiences anxiety and was very nervous about the photo shoot session. Coming for the couple’s shoot allowed them to experience our photo shoot session and explain in detail when they got home of what to expect and the process.

On the day of the kids shoots, they all arrived looking very smart indeed, ready to strike a pose. Mum came in for the first couple of shots to ensure everyone was happy, which they all were. Phil soon had them all laughing and relaxing in front of the camera. He even managed to get a few shots of the 16 year old smiling, even mum said she forgot he had teeth!

Both shoots were great fun, which resulted in fantastic images that everyone loves. Here’s just a few from the two shoots.

If you would like more information on our photo shoot session, click here. To book your session for only £20, contact Phil and Vicky at the studio on 01827 215 707 or click here.



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