Time and time again families tell me how surprised they are that they and their children enjoyed their photo session SO MUCH more than they anticipated. It really is meant to be fun and relaxed – and often it’s easier to achieve this at home where everyone is comfortable and more themselves.
Children will often give me a tour of the garden and enjoy telling me their plans for the weekend or how high they can jump on the trampoline or that their big sister is afraid of spiders – or amusingly ‘what Mum has promised if I ‘listen to the photographer!!’ They’ll have fun and give me smiles, thoughtful expressions or big laughs while we chat and chuckle – and there’s no requirement for them to ‘perform’ or ‘smile FOR THE CAMERA!’ – that all seems to happen quite naturally!
Here’s what a family a photographed at home said about their photo session:
We most enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of being at home. Sarah put us all at ease especially the children who enjoyed the experience immensely!
We won a photo shoot with Sarah Aires Photography as a prize at the Schools Fair and were very pleased that we did!
Sarah put us completely at ease (especially the children) and took some wonderful
shots of us all in our home environment.
We were especially pleased with the photos she took of our girls – the only difficulty was in deciding which shots to choose!
You’ve been asked to put together a fantastic event. All the team are to attend, there’s inspirational addresses by some big cheeses, and you’ve invited more than a smattering of special guests. It’s vital that you don’t miss the opportunity for your event to do double duty for your marketing material – make sure you capture some great photos of it! And its not a good idea to leave any of that to chance – you’d be best advised to get a professional.
It was for just such an occasion that I felt truly honoured to be called in to photograph the Parliamentary launch of the fantastic ‘IF’ campaign.
Rt. Hon Ed Milliband MP, Leader of the Opposition
The campaign builds on the momentum of the previous ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign and draws together many of the major charities to call on the government to use their chairing of this years G8 meeting to rectify many injustices that the world’s poorest people face. Tearfund asked me to take photos at the launch at Speakers House in London, where many well-known VIP politicians heard cross-party support for the campaign from Nick Clegg, Ed Milliband, David Cameron (via a video), John Bercow, Natasha Kaplinsky and others explain the aims of the Campaign.
Rt. Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister
Now, a Tearfund intern could’ve just pulled out the office point and shoot camera and snapped some pics. But… when everyone’s there and the pressure is on, do you really want to risk it?
There’s more to this situation than meets the eye too. You typically need:
- A camera setup that can cope with low light (usually a professional camera and lens) (Typically about £3,000+)
- A decent flashgun (costs more than most point and shoot cameras alone!) (about £350!)
- Someone who knows how to use them, and where to stand to capture a nice image
Not only that, but for your publicity shots, you’ll need a professional photographer who can quickly (don’t want to waste VIPs time), but politely direct people to get a relaxed yet quality shot. If you are looking for an event photographer for your next ‘do’ then do let us know.
Natasha Kaplinsky, IF Campaign Representative and Save the Children Ambassador
Rt. Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development
And please sign up here and support the Campaign.
Its always lovely to receive a glowing testimonial. Here’s one I received from a recent customer who asked me to photograph her children at home. She had plans to redecorate her living room and was keen to have both pictures and frames that would compliment the new decor. She had planned for beautiful soft greys and silvers so we had in mind that some black and white images and silver frames would be best. It is always so good to see portraits in situ – and now she’s completed her living room the pictures are in pride of place. Here’s one of her sweet daughter Lily – apparently the pictures are talking point with most people who visit! ‘I would just like to say a ‘BIG’ Thank you for the beautiful pictures that were taken of Harrison and Lily, they are so natural and exactly what I had asked for. The way that you dealt with the children was lovely and they thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, which with previous experience of photos session can sometimes be both stressful for me and the children.
The service I received from you throughout the whole experience from advising me on settings, ideas for clothing for the children, the actual photo shoot and then to viewing and ordering the photos was above and beyond my expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anybody.
Thankyou again for the wonderful photos’
We took a range of pictures in the house and garden and included the children reading favourite books and wearing their favourite clothes. It was much more fun than they expected!
There’s been a very nice flurry of bookings over the last few weeks for nuptials next Spring and there’s also a good few weddings coming up soon as we move into Autumn. Autumn and Spring seem to be my busiest times which works very well for me.
I absolutely love both these seasons.. But then I absolutely love Summer and Winter too! I am so glad we live in the UK and can witness these changes in the colours and the light and enjoy different activities in each new chapter of the year. (It’ll be blackberry picking right now in the Aires household but that’s another blog post perhaps!)
But this weather, this glorious early September sunshine we’ve enjoyed – doesn’t it take some beating!? And how special for this great couple Regan and Tristan to have their wedding practice session in the sun and on the ‘beach’ at Frensham, Surrey.
Although these two look so incredibly relaxed in front of the camera there was the usual slight nervousness at the start… Tristan especially didn’t seem terribly keen to begin with (like almost all Grooms-to-be) but we had their trusted Collie companion Skye join in the pictures and then any hint of awkwardness seemed to melt away. I like watching this happen and its why I’m so fond of the great outdoors for taking pictures like these… being out and about and in nice settings like this seems to bring out the best in us all (and allows family pets to be included)!
Here’s some of the bubbly, lovely bride to be, Regan whose hair and makeup looked truly fab for the pictures….
I had an unusual thought that I should request these guys wear purple as I knew there was heather in the dunes and thought it might be something to have everything blending in. Then I stopped myself thinking that, ‘not everyone has purple, or suits purple or would be up for me suggesting such a bold main colour’ – so I didn’t mention it but, lo and behold they must have read my mind! Tristan turned up in his bright Joules top and Regan complimented in her casual blue and pink check. I am so chuffed this happened – I think they look fab!
I’m really looking forward to their wedding now in just over a months time at the friendly Devere Gorse Hill hotel round the corner from here in Hook Heath, Woking.
Thanks Regan and Tristan for a fab afternoon. Can’t wait to get snapping again on your big day! xx