Family Photoshoot Review by Sarah Cann
The biggest challenge for me about having this shoot was my self confidence. Since having my boys (4 years, 3 years and 2 years old) I have lacked any confidence to be in front of the camera. As much as it always played on my mind that there weren't many photos of me with my children or even any of us as a family of 5, I still couldn't bear the thought of being in front of the camera, and worse, the thought of a full body photo terrified me.
I'm not the same woman I was on my wedding day and that I struggled with, so I avoided any photographic evidence for others to make judgement on me. I would only really accept a photo if it was a selfie from my chosen angle and lighting!
Those personal challenges made me feel very uncomfortable and anxious.
My main worry before the shoot was selfishly about my feeling towards being in the picture. A small part of me also worried that my boys are so young and how they would take to having their photo taken. Past experience of a birthday photoshoot in a studio had us nearly leaving in tears.
I decided to go ahead with the shoot anyway because my eldest is starting school in September and it's most definitely harder on me and my husband than it is for my son.
He's still our baby and from speaking to many parents going through the same or having already been through it, these pre school years go by too quickly and the next few years will go by even quicker.
I found myself recently looking back through photos of my boys and how quickly they've grown up to now and I almost felt sad that maybe I haven't captured these moments enough. So I asked myself, would I look back in 5 or 10 years time and regret not having seized a moment because of my insecurities, yes I would regret that.
I love photos and how they capture a memory and have a way of taking you right back to a moment and remembering a place, a smell or a feeling. So I decided I wanted to capture the now, my 3 little boys being so small, so dependant on us, their innocence, playfulness, happiness and the way they look at us.
I couldn't overcome these worries with any other photographer, they had to understand how I felt and not make me feel silly for my insecurity of being in front of the camera and Rosie understood me entirely.
Somehow after sitting down with a cup of tea with Rosie, all my fears and concerns went away. I knew that she would capture everything I had hoped to capture and instantly put me at ease.
The day was fun, relaxed and happened naturally. And more importantly the boys enjoyed it too.
Rosie you have the patience of a saint and you smiled the whole way through!
The real benefit was being in our home for the shoot, where we are our most relaxed and where most of our every day memories are made and that's exactly what I wanted to capture.
I feel elated that we did the shoot now! The photos are incredible and my little boys look so handsome. I am so proud.
If you’re thinking about having a family session with Rosie, what I’d say is bite the bullet!
Don't let the moment pass you by. Any worries or fears you might have will soon seem meaningless and insignificant and who knows, you might end up having fun! The images that Rosie has taken fill me with joy and make me smile from ear to ear. I would do it again tomorrow!