So you’ve booked your photography session with Smiley Happy Photography, and now you’re eagerly awaiting your date. But what do you need to bring? What should you wear? Oh, and where do you go??
Have no fear, I have all of the answers for you!
Where Am I?
The studio is on the outskirts of Newton Abbot, Devon, on the Ashburton side.
The address is: 25 Primrose DRIVE, Newton Abbot. TQ12 1GF. Google and some satnavs like to send you to Primrose Way, but please ignore those. If the postcode directs to Clover Rise, don’t fret: this is right at the end of the street.
If you’re coming from Plymouth direction…
Travel up the A38, until you see the first sign for Newton Abbot. Take that turning off, and you’ll follow that road along for a while. You’ll go past ‘Hannah’s and just after you’ll come to a mini roundabout. Go over the roundabout, and on your left will be some big new build developments. Ours is the second Redrow development, which is called ‘Stanbury Meadows’. Go in there and you’ll follow the road round in an S shape. When you see a play park, there’s a road directly next to it, ad we’re down there! Feel free to park in the driveway outside.
If you’re coming from Exeter direction….
Coming down the A38, take the turning for Newton Abbot/ Trago Mills/ Bovey Tracey. At the roundabout, take the first exit. You’ll then get to Trago Mills Roundabout. Again take the first exit. Follow this road along for a while. There are several ways you can go from here, but the easiest is probably to carry this road right along until you come to yet another roundabout. Take the second exit (to the right), you’ll then come to, yes, another roundabout, take the second exit to the right. Follow that road all the way along until you’re almost out of newton Abbot. On your right you’ll arrive at some big new build developments. We are in the first Redrow development, named Stanury Meadows. Go in there and you’ll follow the road round in an S shape. When you see a play park, there’s a road directly next to it, ad we’re down there! Feel free to park in the driveway outside.
What should I bring?
Your children is a very good start. Other than that, not a lot!
For newborns I would definitely recommend extra milk/ your boobs, even if they wouldn’t necessarily be due a feed during your session. Sometimes it takes a little extra to get babies to drift into a lovely deep sleep. Also a dummy is a great idea if they take one, as again it can really help with making them to feel secure. I would also advise you to bring along some food for yourselves. The sessions can take some time, so it’s a great idea to bring along some lunch: which you are more than welcome to eat while I’m photographing your precious bundle.
For Cake Smash babies, you will have agreed with me beforehand if you are bringing anything specific, but generally I can provide everything for you. There are washing facilities here fir afterwards, though do be warned that parents can sometimes find themselves covered in icing too!
For babies and sitters, as well as their usual clothing, please bring along a white vest or baby grow. I love to do some simple images of little ones.
For other sessions, only bring anything if you want to include it in your session. I’m more than happy to include special items from home, although if it’s something crazy then maybe mention it beforehand so that I can try and plan how to incorporate it! It’s always a good idea to bring along a few snacks and a drink too.
Do I need to do anything before my session?
I do not expect you to know your baby’s routine: in fact they often like to totally disprove any theories their parents may have! I love to be able to start photographing them as soon as they arrive, particularly as a lot of them are asleep from the car journey! To enable me to do this, it’s really helpful if you can dress your baby in a plain white babygrow, and/or a white vest. this way they can come and i can get straight to work!
If your baby is particularly flakey or dry skinned, I would also advise you to pop a little lotion on an hour or so before their session, not when you get here! That way it will have dried in and your baby won’t be super shiny! Other than that, I don’t expect anything from you at all, you’ve got more than enough on your plate. Just turn up and relax.
Not particularly! Obviously the more content your child is, the more images we’ll be able to get from them. So trying to make sure they’re not too tired or hungry before they arrive is always a good idea!
What to wear?
There was a time when every photographer insisted that for the best family portrait, everyone should match.
Whilst I’m more than happy for you to match if you see fit, I certainly don’t insist upon it. In fact, I want your family to look like exactly that: your family. I recommend co-ordinating and corresponding colours, but please feel free to wear styles that suit you and you’ll feel comfortable in. If you’ve seen my work, you’ll know that plain, neutral clothing works really well in my studio. The emphasis in my sessions is on creating raw, organic and simple but effective images: and the clothing can really help with this. I’m certainly not afraid of colour, but I would advise keeping clothing plain and not too patterned or busy: after all, it’s your children we want to focus on!
I do find that some of the most effective images are when little ones are wearing just white, cream, or grey. it’s so clean and scrummy.
However, whatever it is you want to wear, it’s totally up to you!