EXTENDED FAMILY SESSIONS
WHAT IS IT?
An extended family session with RMP is a session that incorporates more than just your immediate family, it offers a way to capture your immediate family PLUS your extended family, and all the generation photos we appreciate as time goes on. This type of session tends to be a bit more structured compared to my normal one-family session only because we have a lot of photo opportunities to make sure we get through. If there are more than ten participants, I will strongly encourage a double session to make sure that we have enough time to document your family in a thorough but relaxed and fun way!
So how does it work?
Typically an extended family session will be made up of:
Grandparents (who I will refer to as Nan and Pop for the purpose of this explanation)
Their Kids (who I will mostly refer to as Mum and Dad for the purpose of this explanation - I understand not all may have kids so please do not take offence to my generalisation!)
Grandkids (who I will refer to as Kids for the purpose of this explanation)
It can also absolutely include additional grandparents, great-grandparents etc)
I suggest making it an awesome excuse for a big family get together!
Feel free to bring some drinks, and a couple blankets to sit on and lets have a lovely family catch up while we are documenting this awesomeness to preserve for you all! You could finish it off with a big brekky or an evening BBQ, or simply just throw a platter together and sit back while the kiddos play.
Location-wise we could aim for one of the family homes/farms, or at a local favourite beach or park... we can fine tune the details once we have a date! Think about how you can make it a beautiful memory outside of your photo session too - you are all dressed up and looking the goods so you may as well have a celebratory catch up to mark the occasion!
If you live rurally we can go for a wander around the farm, get the machinery or the motorbike out, or see the horses/sheep/animals... think about what you as a family recognise as a special spot or memory for you all, and look to the kids for inspiration about what they look forward to about catching up with the family/grandparents etc... as these photos will be precious to them for generations to come too!
THE SESSION SHOT GUIDE
WHOLE GROUP SHOT - I will usually do one of these as soon as everyone has arrived, particularly if there are younger kids as this means if they fade pretty quickly we have at least got the main shot!
EACH FAMILY UNIT - I will pull each family to the side to take photos of them as their own family. Provided everyone is keen, I would usually aim to do something like the below: Parents + kids, kids together, kids with mum, kids with dad, mum and dad together, individuals of kids. anything else the fam wants! Note: for couples without kids - you get snuggly shots together! For singles - woohoo! a couple shots with your number one... you! haha
THE ORIGINALS - Shots of Nan & Pop with their grown up kids, this can then merge in to shots of Nan & Pop with each family unit.
THE GRANDIES - Shots of Nan & Pop with their grandkids
And we finish up with another group shot plus some silly shots if everyone is feeling pretty jovial. It seems like a lot but I am a photographer that likes to have a laugh and a chat as we shoot, so yep there will be a bunch of 'stand & smile' setups but I will be shooting as you interact with each other before and after the pose as well - this way we have the "historical" shots done and also the "remember when" moments as well! If you have special furry family members they are welcome to be included too!
I will aim to do a mixture of smiling at the camera and interacting with each other. I love the interacting with each other ones, particularly with the grandparent/grandies photos - its so precious. I will usually ask the kids to think of a joke each to recite to the group at different times too to break up the mood - so feel free to prep them to look some good jokes up prior to our session!!
WHAT TO WEAR, HOW TO DRESS A GROUP?!
I know, seems daunting doesn't it!! Very simply, don't overthink it too much - in a bigger group it tends to just flow. Same as there is different body shapes, heights and ages; there are different preferences for clothing. So I tend to find it is easier to dress your family unit to compliment each other - as that is where you are going to notice it the most is in those smaller family unit photos.
Earthy or neutral colours, denim used sparingly, chinos on the guys, patterns and textures plus accessories create an awesome depth to the palette. For our recent family photos I picked a printed dress that I loved and then picked colours out of it to dress the rest of the family. I felt beautiful and the photos look awesome. So for any mum's - start with something that makes you feel amazing and build the colour palette around that!!
Ours To Keep
EXTENDED FAMILY PHOTO SESSION
- up to one hour photo session
- full digital collection (60+) images
- delivered via digital download plus USB
- online gallery with print ordering facility
- A choice of one of the product inclusions from the below options. Please scroll to see the details of each option.
OPTION ONE: Keepsake Photo Box, USB and prints
OPTION TWO: Framed Gallery Print
OPTION THREE: Framed Insta Collection
$1,450 inc GST.
additional coverage available at $285 per hour
Custom engraved linen photo box to fit 5x7" prints and USB. Comes with a selection of fifty 5x7" lustre prints handpicked by Renni and includes an engraved USB.
One 12x18" (30x46cm) print, matted and framed
Your choice of image and frame colour
Finished framed size generally 44cm x 59cm pending frame and matt chosen. Additional framed gallery prints can be added to your order, please enquire for pricing on the additional pieces.
Five 11cm x 11cm prints, matted and framed.
Your choice of images and frame colour
Finished framed size generally 17.5cm x 17.5cm pending frame and matt chosen. Additional framed "insta" prints can be added to your order, please enquire for pricing on the additional pieces.
WILL YOU PHOTOSHOP IMAGES TO HIDE ANY UNWANTED SPOTS, WRINKLES, ETC?
I apply my signature RMP colour adjustments to all of your images. I keep things very true to life as I believe it's our differences that are what make us unique. Where possible and with your permission, I will edit out anything that is not usually there ie. grazes, pimples and/or sores etc, but things like your beautiful smile lines, birthmarks or grey hairs etc are far too precious and unique to erase. If there are specific edits you want, these will be charged according to the number and complexity of edits.
WHAT IF SOMEONE IS SICK OR THE WEATHER IS BAD?
We want everyone to be their happiest and healthiest. If someone falls sick your retainer fee is transferable to a later date (This excludes travel sessions outside of the Port Lincoln area, if unwell your booking is transferable to someone else).
A little rain or a cloudy day produces beautiful light and is not something to worry about, however if I consider the weather too difficult or dangerous to shoot in, we will postpone to another mutually agreed date.
I'M NOT SURE AN HOUR WILL BE LONG ENOUGH, CAN WE ADD EXTRA TIME?
We sure can! Additional coverage is charged at $285 per hour (inc GST). Hours are to be consecutive from our nominated start time.
CAN WE ADD EXTRA PRODUCT TO OUR ORDER?
Yes. We can add additional print boxes, albums or mini-albums, framed pieces or simply extra USBs etc if each family would like their own. This can be included at any time, either pre-paid or added after you have received your gallery.
Popular options are listed at www.rennimaitland.com/rmp-keepsakes , but there are many more as well. If you have an idea in mind, please reach out for a quote.
WILL OUR PHOTOS BE POSTED ONLINE?
Your booking questionnaire has a little tick box that asks whether you are ok with social media posts. Your privacy is always respected and if you would prefer to keep all/some of your images private I will respect that. Communication is key!
DO YOU HAVE A LIST OF PREFERRED LOCATIONS TO USE?
I do! Weather conditions can significantly affect any outdoor location and I will always recommend going where it’s most protected from the elements. This means that we will often make the call on which location we will use the day before / morning of session.
DO YOU TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE PORT LINCOLN AREA?
At certain times of the year, absolutely! For sessions outside of the Port Lincoln area a travel surcharge is added. This goes toward my fuel/flights, accommodation and travel time as applicable.
If I am coming to a town/region for a multi-day stay I will usually offer sessions on each of the days I am there to enable us to split the travel surcharge across all bookings, therefore making it a more cost effective option. This option is great if you are flexible on date as we require a minimum number of bookings to be met for the trip to proceed.
If it is a special occasion that you are wanting booked in on a particular date, you have the option of paying the travel surcharge in it's entirety to confirm my attendance (much the same as a wedding booking).
30% of the total balance is all that is required to confirm your photo session date in my calendar. The remaining amount can be paid in instalments or is due in full 14 days prior to our session. If you would prefer a payment plan for the whole total, please let me know at time of confirming your booking so that I can set this up for you.