We need freedom to move around. Your keys and phones can go in my camera bag. Other than that, please bring no more than a small backpack. You really only need one nappy per child, a small pack of wipes, and a couple of snacks. If it's a beach session, expect the kids to get wet, so you should also bring a small towel or blanket to wrap them in as we walk back to the car.
Let your kids have freedom to play. Be present. Connect. Play the games you know they love to play, sing their favourite songs. Cuddle them, whisper in their ear, tell them what you love about them.
I will direct you throughout the session, and suggest plenty of games (all my favourites are on the blog!). But the less direction you need to take from me, the more natural your session will be. Don't be afraid to take the initiative. Focus on the experience, not on my camera - the ideal session is one you walk away from and talk about for weeks later.
We often start the session with a few classic smiling-at-the-camera family shots while everyone warms up. Once we have a couple of those in the bag, we'll go on the adventure you booked me for and get all those natural shots!
Focus on getting your kids to have fun and laugh their heads off. Don't spend your whole session telling them to look at the camera or 'say cheese' - it's no use getting a gorgeous natural grin from the kids if the parents are mid-sentence!
stacey rolfe photography
I'm a Sydney family photographer, newborn photographer, maternity photographer and pregnancy photographer. I work in the Eastern Suburbs, Sydney CBD, North Shore and Inner West.