You will probably find me wandering around our chosen location with camera in one hand and a takeaway coffee in the other, usually with no shoes on and a lens cap in my mouth.
Let the kids run around for a few minutes and get nice and relaxed and comfortable, while we sit and get to know each other a little better. Don’t dress in your Sunday best if that is not who you are. I love photographing kids running around in mismatched fairy wings and gumboots on the wrong feet. Why not, if that is who they want to be that day! Let them be a superhero, let them wear their cardigan backwards, paint their nails for the occasion and help them find that uniqueness you love so much. I would rather see a turned head and a cheeky smile as they run away, than have them worry about getting dirty clothes!
I like to meet my clients before our session so I can get a feel about who you are and what you love. I can meet you at your local coffee shop, come to your house, you can come to mine or even meet you at your local playground, if thats what we need to do to keep the kids occupied so we can have a relaxed chat about what you want from your session. Most things I do involve my kids, so I understand how they are an intrinsic part of our lives.