“You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are”
Before the Shoot
Once your photoshoot is booked in, I’ll take the time to get to know you and your family a little better, both through a questionnaire I especially designed, and through a telephone or a Skype consultation that we’ll have about a week before your session date.
We’ll chat about things you like doing as a family, the crazy quirky things you kids do (or don’t!), games you enjoy playing together, and what your average family day looks like.
If you are booking a short 2-hour photography session, we’ll discuss possible locations and activities, as well as what to wear for your photos. For a Day in the Life photoshoot, I’ll ask you for a brief outline of your typical day, but other than that there will be no need to prepare especially, you just get on with the parenting and the living, and I’ll do my magic.
“She instantly made my children feel comfortable, to the extent that my son refers to her as his friend. This has made all the difference in the world, as she’s always captured them at their best.” — April & Mike, New York
The photoshoot with me is a fun and enjoyable experience, and I will put you and the kids at ease before I start snapping away. We will also chat throughout the session so it will not feel like I’m constantly taking photos.
I tend to drift between actively entertaining the kids, making a complete fool of myself to get the genuine laughs, and blending into the background to capture more quiet, intimate moments. If required, I will give a little direction, particularly when we are getting the all-important family portrait, but otherwise I will let you just be and enjoy this time together as a family.
I could write a lot of words, but it’s best you just watch me in action on a typical Day in the Life photoshoot. A shorter shoot would look similar, but we would spend less time together.
“Antonina skilfully drifted between actively entertaining the kids to blending into the background and catching what felt like private moments. She succeeded in capturing the personalities of my children perfectly.” — Christie & Stuart, St Margarets
After the Shoot
Following your photoshoot I’ll go home, lock myself in my editing cave, and get to work processing and perfecting your images. I’ll choose the best ones, colour correct them, make artistic decisions as to which images work better in colour, and which ones – in black and white, etc.
Your photographs will be ready within 4 weeks (for 2-hour shoots) and within 6 weeks (for Day in the Life shoots). Once they are ready, you will receive a link and a password to your online gallery where you can view the photographs and place your orders. I will be always on hand to advice which of the gorgeous display options would work best with your photographs – whether it’s a print box, or a Fine Art Album, or a set of framed pieces – there are options to suit everyone!
“Thank you so much I loved the prints and the albums. The quality of the paper and printing is excellent! We can’t wait to show them to our family.” — Muna & Ahmed, Saudi Arabia