Why You Should Get Together With Your Special Family

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I am going to talk to you about why you should get together with your special family…  Because, we don’t do it very often do we? Come on, be honest?  How often do you see all of your close family, all together at the same time?  Life is just so busy and we merrily get on with our lives and barely stop to think for a moment.  Life just gets in the way and often social media makes us super lazy about seeing our families in the flesh, to just catch up, maybe have coffee or lunch or a meal out.  It’s often easier to send a quick Facebook message or to throw up an update to your Facebook page and feel like you’re keeping in touch…   And often it’s true that families only get together for weddings, Christmas and maybe the odd special Birthday (often even at Christmas someone is missing due to families living further apart)  The last time I saw my extended family it was at a funeral.

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If you are having a family get together some time this year, maybe to celebrate a very special birthday, anniversary or just for a very rare get together, I challenge you to take as many photographs as possible.  Because, you know it’s not going to happen again for a long time.   If you are not particularly close to your family and you do manage a get together – it is even more important to record this special event with a few photographs.  It’s important, it’s a precious time.  Family photo shoots for a special special occasion are always the perfect way to have something after your celebration that will last absolutely forever.  You can do this yourself.  You may not be the best photographer in the world, but you can gather everyone together, young and old and take that all important photograph that is going to mean so much to you for many, many years to come.  Or if you can’t cope with the organisational skills, patience and tolerance required to take this photograph – book a professional.  Book someone who knows what they are doing, who can control a crowd and who isn’t fazed by a grumpy grandad or a lightning bolt 2 year old…    Because it’s not just taking the photograph that requires skill, but it’s patience, understanding and a very big sense of humour.

So think about this now…  are you getting together as a family for a special birthday, anniversary or just a very rare get together that you know for sure will not happen again in a long time?  Then it’s the perfect opportunity to have some professional photographs taken.  I have a really lovely, light and airy, comfortable photography studio located yards away from Hinckley town centre at the Atkins Building.  It’s a wonderful, relaxed space and I very much enjoy seeing extended families come together for photographs.  Because I know I am creating truly treasured memories that all the family will love forever.   Or, if you have booked a venue for your family occasion, it might be a hotel or a venue with some beautiful grounds or it could be a party in grandma’s garden,  I can visit you before or after the celebrations commence or be with you for the whole party and get some fantastic photographs.  We can do a bit of sheep herding and commence with photography of the whole rabble together… and once this mammoth task is completed I can then take photographs of grandparents with the children, grandparents with the grandchildren, plus lots of other photographs of individual families and of course, not forgetting the beautiful individual portraits of the children too.  Any combination of photographs you require I will take for you.  And you can enjoy your family celebration and spend time with those that you love and create memories.

I love to see generations of families coming together – we all have such busy lives and often we don’t get together with our families very often.  So remember this next time you are planning a big family party.    I am lucky if I get to see my Liverpool family all together, maybe once a year.  Distance and busy lives get in the way.

If you would like information on photo shoots click this link where you will find details of all of the fees for photography sessions.  You may wish to purchase a gift voucher for this purpose and you can see details of these by clicking this link .  I can also tailor a package to suit your needs and budget.  Don’t be shy – just ask.  ūüôā

Please don’t hesitate to call me on 01455 233224 to book me for your special family get together or to discuss your requirements. 

Family photography by Lesley Bee Photography.  Photographing families since 2006.

 

Family Photography

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So what do you look for in family photography? ¬†Are you worried that you your children may not settle in a studio environment for your family photography session? ¬† Please don’t be concerned. ¬†I’ve been photographing families for ten years now and it’s very rare we have to re-shoot a photography session.

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My studio sessions take place in my super light, airy and comfortable studio at the Atkins Building in Hinckley, close to the town centre. ¬†It’s important to me that families enjoy their family photography session and I understand that a photo¬†shoot¬†requires patience, bags of energy and a sense of humour, especially with young children. ¬†Often I will know when the children have had enough and I usually get my best photographs of young children within the first 15 minutes. ¬†After this point in time the wonder and excitement of what’s going on will definitely wear off. ¬†However if your child doesn’t settle immediately I have great patience and understanding and of course a few tricks to get them interested, co-operative and engaged.

It’s important to photograph the whole family together during the family photography session. ¬†It is¬†also a great little start to the family photography session to photograph the children with their parents. ¬†It helps the children to relax, feel comfortable and secure if we take photographs of the whole family together. ¬†Once the children have settled and feel comfortable being photographed I will then ask parents to sit back and relax whilst I take portraits of the children.

If you are thinking about a family photography photo shoot, please call me on 01455 233224 and we can discuss further.

You can view my studio photography portfolio by clicking this link

 

Why Book a Professional Photo Shoot?

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Why book a professional photo shoot?

I’m often asked “Why book a¬†professional photo shoot?” ¬†Often this is accompanied by quotes such as ¬†“I’ve got a really good camera”, “My smart phone takes really good photos”, “Professional photos are too expensive”…”My friend can take really good photos with his expensive camera”, “I can get a ¬†photo printed at Asda for 15p”. ¬†I’ve heard it all believe me… Many photographers constantly have to justify their costs to run a photography business. ¬†And believe me the costs are much higher than you would expect.

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Well, ¬†surprise, surprise! ¬†I have a really good camera on my iPhone and believe me I take photographs on my phone almost every day… ¬†Here’s¬†just¬†a few examples below…. ¬†Would I print these photographs? Probably not. ¬†Would I frame these photographs? ¬†Definitely not. ¬†Do I love these photographs? ¬†Of course. ¬†But they sit on my iPhone (backed up to the iCloud of course) and probably won’t ever be printed on to paper – ever!!! . ¬†So, they will stay on my iPhone and every now and again I might scan through and enjoy looking at my memories.. have a little giggle or sigh and appreciate that moment again when the photograph was taken.

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So – Whey would book a professional photo shoot? ¬†Well, quite simply because a professional photographer has the creative vision, ¬†training, experience, correct camera and lighting equipment for the job and above all is ‘professional’… ¬†Therefore I am¬†perfectly at ease charging my clients¬†to create images that you will treasure forever, images that you will want to hang on your wall. ¬†Images that will stand the test of time and be passed on to your children and your children’s children.

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My absolute ultimate¬†aim when photographing every single client is to make my subject feel relaxed. ¬†The ability to make clients feel relaxed is the most important part of my job. ¬†It wouldn’t matter how great my lighting was, how expensive my camera and equipment is, how amazing my software skills are when editing my photographs, none of this makes a tiny bit of difference if the subject in front of my camera is not relaxed and enjoying the experience.

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When you book and pay me for a professional photo shoot you are paying for my creativity and expertise… you are paying for the use of my¬†¬†studio for a set number of hours to take the photographs. ¬†You are paying for the time involved to edit the final selection of images through professional editing software (which by the way costs a lot of money). ¬†You are paying for the time for me to present your¬†images back to you at your viewing and ordering session back at the studio. ¬†There are many expenses involved in taking photographs professionally. ¬†Just the same as any other business. ¬†However, nobody seems to question the cost of a small piece of pipe that the plumber fitted to the boiler to make it work again. … ¬†Interesting?

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Whether I am photographing a newborn baby, a large¬†extended¬†family, toddlers, doggies, corporate head shots, baby bumps, groups of friends – it doesn’t matter, I have to give 100% of myself to ensure that I can create the absolute best images for every client. ¬†With every photo shoot there are difficulties and hurdles to get over. ¬†Newborn baby photography sessions require patience, quiet and above all safety for the newborn baby. ¬†Toddlers require lots of energy, even more patience, ¬†a good sense of humour and an understanding that often the session may take longer than expected. ¬†With larger families I have to ensure every person in the room feels relaxed and at ease. ¬†Often larger family photography sessions can include grandparents, children and grandchildren (chuck in the family dog and it really does become challenging)…

Baby bump photography again requires patience and understanding as often the expectant mummy may be semi-naked and not completely comfortable throughout the photo shoot.  The atmosphere needs to be professional, quiet and relaxed for these sessions.

 

 

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Post production time is infinitely more time consuming than most clients realise.  The post production of your images often takes 3-4 times longer than the photo shoot itself.  Clients often expect in this digital age that their photographs should be ready very quickly.  Wrong! An average portrait session can take from 2-6 hours in post production.

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So next time somebody asks ¬†“so why book a professional photo shoot” I can send them off to read this blog post… ¬†If a potential client still thinks I’m too expensive, then quite frankly I’m happy for them to approach their ‘friend with a good camera’ to do the job.

 

 

Family Photography

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It’s approaching that time of year when we start to think about Christmas and of course ‘family’. ¬†Now that my wedding season has come to an end I can get my head together and focus on my studio photography booking in the run up to Christmas. ¬†Would you like to book a family photography session for you and your family?

You may wish to book your family photography session in the next few weeks and this is advisable as I am limited to certain dates and times for studio photography sessions due to commercial photography bookings off site and location family portrait sessions already booked.

I have a very special offer at the moment which runs throughout October. ¬†¬£99 for a weekday family photography photoshoot, which includes the time and talent to photograph you and your family in a ‘no fuss’, fun and relaxed environment. ¬†This session fee also includes 3 beautifully mounted 10×8 images which are absolutely perfect for Christmas presents for family. ¬†I have a selection of beautiful wall art to choose from at the studio and the option to purchase your digital images presented in a gift boxed USB.

If you wish to book your studio family photography photo shoot please call me on 01455 233224.  My office and studio is located at the Atkins Building, within walking distance of Hinckley Town Centre.  My approach to family photography sessions is informal, relaxed and fun.

Once you have been photographed you will be invited back to the studio around 1-2 weeks later to view your gallery of images and select your favourite photographs.

You may be considering a family photography photo shoot which involves extended family?  Or you may want to buy a photography session as a Gift.  I have beautiful hand made gift vouchers available and I am happy to post one out to you with no postage charges..

Please call me, Lesley Bee to discuss your ideas or to book your photo shoot.

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Your Family Photography Session – Special Offer with Lesley Bee

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I am so looking forward to Spring and Summer… lighter nights and longer days.. I already have a Spring in my step (excuse the pun). ¬†I’m also looking forward to Easter and eating chocolate – well who isn’t looking forward to Easter? ¬†An extra long bank holiday weekend. ¬†Hopefully some nice weather thrown in too? ¬†But don’t hold your breath, this is the UK after all…

I have booked numerous location shoots for family photography and I am so looking forward to the fresh air and running about like a lunatic capturing images of energetic children enjoying being outdoors and having fun. ¬†Location family photography sessions are just perfect for family get togethers such as Christenings, special birthday parties and those occasions when all the family are together – doesn’t happen very often, so it’s the perfect time to record the precious time you have spent together.

You may be considering a family photography¬†session and perhaps would like to do this over the Easter period whilst the children are off school and you have taken some time off work too? ¬†This ‘Spring Mini Sessions’ offer could just be perfect for you and your family. ¬† For a limited period only from Sunday 29th March through to Saturday 11th April you can take advantage of a mini photography session for only ¬£25 including a complimentary 10×8 print, and an amazing 15% off at your ordering session. ¬†Sessions are available from Sunday 29th March, through to Saturday 11th April.

Easter holidays are a great time to have your children photographed and this offer is available for weekday and weekend photography sessions.

So Рwhat are you waiting for?  Book today by calling me on 01455 233224.

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