Perth Family Photography

Perth family photography sessions are one of my most important sessions I offer. They are more than just dressing up and capturing the love so you can put photos in frames and fill your home. It’s for your children…and their children. One day you won’t be around so getting together for an afternoon of family photos is worth a lifetime of happiness and memories.

Family sessions are candid, unposed, messy and unmade. My approach is simple. Capture the real stuff, be it scraped knees, giggles and/or bear hugs. My goal 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). 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.

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.

Perth Family Photography

Perth Motherhood Photography

I feel that a Perth motherhood photography session is a must for all mammas out there. Us mums are too often the unsung heroes of family documentation. We are always behind the camera and rarely in the frame. As a mother of four myself, I know firsthand the difficulty of getting in a photo with my children. It’s nearly impossible to capture the perfect selfie, or worse yet, fiddle around with my tripod and remote. When I am demanding enough my husband helps out but often times I end up with pictures of my butt, boobs, or photographed mid-sentence as I’m “art-directing.”

This is my why for creating Perth motherhood photography sessions! I lost my mother as a teen so the photos I have of us together are some of my favourite possessions. I want to be able to create something special for you too. These sessions are short in duration, yet rich in meaning. They are for mums with their babies and kids of any age. I’ve photographed women with their brand new babies less than two weeks old. Or more mature mums with their teenagers and even multiple generations. If you can snuggle them, then you can bring them. I guarantee a final gallery of photos that will undoubtedly melt your heart. Best of all, you finally have yourself included in a frame on the mantle.

Each Perth motherhood photography session lasts 30 minutes. I photograph you in the soft and flattering natural light of the rising or setting sun. I don’t require anyone to sit and say cheese, I want your natural moments. The ultimate goal is finding natural, love-filled moments and preserving memories that are anything but staged. Mammas, it’s time you treat yourself and get in front of the lens. You and your children will treasure these gifts for years to come, and dare I say you’ll have some serious fun in the process!

Perth motherhood photography

What to Expect from In Home Lifestyle Sessions

There are two approaches to your in home session. I will be taking portraits and images of your family interacting. Some families like to plan activities they would normally do when I am not there. These activities include family art time, baking or cooking a special dish, playing dress ups or playing in the yard, just to name a few. I am also happy to just sit back and document and follow your lead. This day is about making memories and then capturing them. You do not need to dress up for these sessions if you don’t want to, even pjs are fine!!

Let me state that your home needs not be perfectly tidy or show room ready for your Perth family photography session. Just hide the clutter or anything you don’t want visible in the images. In regards to timing, this entirely depends on your families’ routine. Being indoors we are protected from the harsh midday sun so you just need to take note of when your house is filled with the best light. I allocate one hour for your family sessions so that we can keep a relaxed feel throughout.

What to Expect from Outdoor Sessions

Outdoor session times are always in the hour prior to sunset (we can do sunrise too, but I find most people aren’t overly excited about the early wake up!) I realise that this time of day is not always ideal for young kids. But this is the only time of day when the light is soft enough to wrap around your features and not create squinting and/or unflattering, harsh shadows. You simply can’t achieve this at any time of the day other than sunrise or sunset. I’m assuming your family portraits are a bit of a special occasion so you want the best results possible when you are putting in this effort. It is worth breaking the routine a bit to really achieve some magic. Let the kids have a later nap, feed them well before you come and all will be good. I promise! Sunset times vary greatly throughout the year so keep this in mind when deciding on the time of year you want to book your Perth family photography session.

A Point to Remember about Working with Children

Kids are kids!! I have four of my own so with them, their friends and my clients I have seen all sorts of behaviour. Because of this I have very realistic expectations of children and family sessions in general. I don’t expect them to sit perfectly still and smile for two hours. If I get one shot of everyone looking at the same time it is amazing! I want them to play and be themselves. I want their real smiles, not the forced ones. The belly laughs. If your child is moody or hyper or silly, we work with it. I want all of your real moments. You don’t even have to look at my camera, I want you to focus on each other.

I realise all people, big or small have individual personalities. That’s what makes each and every one of us unique. I’m going to work with whatever mood is brought to me on the day. Sometimes that is a cranky toddler who won’t smile no matter what. I respect that they are people too and maybe feeling a bit anxious, so we capture them as they are. One day many moons from now, you will actually love that some of this attitude has been captured and can be looked back on years later.

My advise to all parents is to stay calm and relaxed regardless of how your children are acting. More often than not we as parents feel more sensitive to this than others. Please trust me that the camera’s shutter fires at just a fraction of a second and I will get beautiful images in amongst the chaos. Most important is to have fun, it’s just photos – let’s make it an adventure and an unforgettable experience!

Extra People

Yes of course big groups are welcome, but a few points need to be considered. Firstly any additional people (6+) or members outside of your immediate family incur an additional charge of $25 per person. As you can imagine, as the group gets larger it becomes more and more difficult to get everyone to cooperate at the same time.

Also be aware that additional people can alter the mood and flow of the session. Intimate storytelling becomes a lot harder when the group extends beyond the immediate family unit. I find that large group sessions can become a bit more of the stand in a row and smile combinations. Of course I want to capture a few formal group shots but I much prefer to capture the emotional connections between you all.

What to Wear to your Perth Family Photography Shoot

What to wear is key for a successful session. It really makes the difference between a nice and an amazing photo. 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 the final images will be displayed. Your style should be as unique as your family.

The two most important factors to consider when picking your colour palette are:

  • Where will you be displaying the pictures in your home?  If you have a room full of neutral colours and decor you probably won’t want to hang an image of the family dressed in neon pink. So please consider a wardrobe that matches the decor.
  • What are the dominant colours at your chosen location? If you are at the beach surrounded by soft pastel colours you don’t want the family dressed head to toe in black.

I suggest choosing 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. Picture an advertisement in a catalogue – everyone coordinates but no one stands out more than the rest. Think about layering, it adds dimension and depth. Hats, scarves and wraps can add a lovely artistic feel to your images. I personally love a long dress on some one in the family. The flowing fabric blowing in the breeze creates beautiful images.

Once you have decided on a colour palette, the most important thing when choosing your clothing is that you and your family feel comfortable and like what you are wearing! I know you want to look special but if you are not comfortable it will show in your portraits. Try and pick a style you are already used to but put together a wardrobe of new clothes that compliment each other. 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. I like to start with one outfit (perhaps mum’s) and then decide on everyone else’s clothes to match. Consider everyone’s individual style to customise outfits. You should dress for the occasion, formal clothes will probably look best in an urban setting compared to a forest. And don’t forget to dress for the weather. If you are too hot or cold there will be lots of grumpy faces.

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 licensed clothing, bold logos and writing as these can be distracting from your lovely faces.


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jessica lockhart Photography is a portrait photographer based in Perth, WA. jessica loves to capture all of your families magical moments. she specialises in the following areas; perth photographer, perth portrait photographer, professional photographer, perth professional photographer, maternity photography, maternity photos, perth maternity photographer, newborn photography, newborn photos, perth newborn photographer, fresh 48 photography, hospital newborn photos, baby photography, baby photos, perth baby photographer, cake smash photography, cake smash photos, perth cake smash photographer, milk bath photography, milk bath photos, perth milk bath photographer, child photography, child photos, perth child photographer, family photography, family photos, perth family photographer, motherhood photography, motherhood photos, perth motherhood photographer, fine art portrait photography, fine art portrait photos, perth fine art photographer, natural photography, candid photography, documentary photography, lifestyle photography, in home photography, outdoor photography, studio photography and branding photography. service areas includes locations all over Perth and beyond. These include carine, duncraig, scarborough, north beach, trigg, watermans bay, mettams pool, hillarys, mullaloo, city beach, brighton, gwelup, Karrinyup, Joondalup, Fremantle, North Perth, South Perth, swan valley, perth hills.