Family portrait photography has been around for nearly 180 years, so it's of no surprise that many families still want those simple, studio portraits. I actually offer something a little different. Something that is only starting to grow on local families in Northern Ireland. I document and record families, in their element, living family life to the full, treasuring their little ones' first or five birthday, capturing their children having fun at the beach, capturing anything that the parents want to remember in years to come. It's quite unique really, because each of these family sessions are bespoke and tailored around your wants and needs. Very little posing is involved, because I am there to document the quiet and the loud moments, the big and the small. Not just capturing as a photograph, but as a special Family Film.
Every session is captured as it should be - with the real moments. Little giggles that turn into screams when you tickle your littlest's feet. Wiping tears away after a little tantrum, and cuddling mummy so tight, telling her you love her. Finding butterflies, or insects, and letting their little imaginations run wild as to where they live and what they eat. That...is what childhood is about. These are the moments you don't want to forget. These are the memories that you want to last forever.
I photograph families all throughout Northern Ireland and am most often found shooting in Lisburn, Belfast, Antrim, Carrickfergus, Bangor, Newcastle and Saintfield. I have spent the last 5 years building a portfolio of stunning outdoor locations on your doorstep. Recommending the right location for your family photo session is all part of the experience, especially if you are always looking for new places to explore.
What locations do you recommend for my Family Session?
I love when families choose local parks that they grew up in, or forest areas that they visit regularly with their little ones. Maybe you have a caravan, and there are rock pools nearby at the beach! I want you to feel comfortable in the setting your session will take place at. If you aren't sure where to have your session, I am more than happy to suggest a few different places that are great for kids to explore, and make a great family day out!
What if my kids don't co-operate?
That is every parents' worry - especially mums! Don't worry though, all the 'important' photos are taken near the beginning of the session. BUT I will do my best and work my magic with your littles ones, making them feel like they've known me for years and interact with them to create photos that show their silliness and glowing characters! We can spend an extra 5 or 10 minutes at the end of the session, if the kids were struggling at the beginning and capture a few more of those special family moments! It's as easy as that!
What should we wear?
I'm happy to discuss colour options, but the rule of thumb is stick with natural and complimentary colours.
Indoor or Outdoor?
We can either start at your home, and walk to a local park; have a pillow fight and read a few books under a fort in your home; OR, find some creepy crawlies in the woodlands or among the rock pools.
Is there a person limit?
Nope - I would, however, encourage that if you have a family larger than 6 i.e. extended family, that you go for the 90-minute sessions as this means I can spend more time capturing every single one of you.
What should we expect?
Relaxed, chilled and natural photographs, created during our time together. I will do everything I can to make you feel at ease; chat with your children so they open up more; and, work with you to capture perfect moments of you and your family.
"Rebekah did family photos for us with lots of adults, kids and dogs. She was very patient, relaxed and easy going which was perfect to get some lovely natural photos!"
Joanne McKelvey, Extended Family Photography Session