My goal on every shoot is to capture the true expressions of you and your children as naturally and candidly as possible, with a few lightly posed portraits thrown in here and there. The sweet little smiles, the tears, the quirky expressions and even the somber faces! Expect to have fun and be yourself. I might ask you to do silly or fun things to help break the ice or to create connections with your family. I shoot mostly in natural light, using my studio more for newborn and maternity shoots.

In the lead up to your photography session, I will spend some time finding out what is special to your family, and we can collaborate as to the look and feel that you are after. Every family is unique, and I’d love to capture the essence of you and your little ones.

In regards to timing and location, this will depend on your families’ routine. To make use of the wonderful natural light, it is best to shoot in the late afternoon when the sun is falling, but not directly overhead. I allocate one hour for your family sessions, so that we can keep a relaxed feel throughout.

What to Wear

What to wear is key for a successful session. Clothing compliments who you are as a family, speaks to the environment in which the session is taking place, and coordinates with the home where final images will be displayed. Your style should be as unique as your family.

The most important thing when choosing your clothing is that you and your family feel comfortable and like what you are wearing! If you are not comfortable it will show in your portraits. Here’s a few tips to help you pick out an outfit that will be both flattering and show your personality.

Coordinating your outfits shows that you are a group, a family and you belong together. Try thinking about everyone’s style and start from there. You should dress for the occassion, formal clothes will probably look best in an urban setting compared to a forest. Don’t forget to dress for the weather. If you are too hot or cold there will be lots of grumpy faces.

Choose a palette of three to four colours and mix it up. You want a cohesive feel but without being matchy matchy, you can even use different (subtle) patterns. Think about layering, it adds dimension and depth. Hats, scarves and wraps can add a lovely artistic feel to your images. Picture an advertisement in a catalogue – everyone coordinates but no one stands out more that the rest.

Please purchase clothes to fit, and fit well. Keep in mind that for pictures, too large a polo shirt, saggy pants or a jacket or dress that is falling off the shoulders looks sloppy. Large clothing swamps your childs features, or in adults it hides your body shape and adds weight that doesn’t exist.

Please avoid bold logos and writing as these can be distracting from your lovely faces, but on the other hand please don’t wear all white.

Jessica Lockhart Perth Family Photography

Perth Children and Family Photography

You are the type of person that makes forever seem too short.