Fun, active or cuddly, whatever your family is, I would like to capture essence of YOU.
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Dad of three and family photographer who loves documenting family portrait stories.
I completely understand what are you looking from your family photographer. Photography stories which reflect real you and relation with your kids. I have done family photoshoots in Edinburgh for over 6 years now and seen everything. Tantrums, super shy and super hyper. Bring it on energy and we will have some fun.
I'm dad of three myself and let me tell you - it has been a mad journey. Definitely lost and still loosing hair and gaining more wrinkles on my face. Saying that I love everyday I can play and negotiate with them.
They are the most precious thing in your life. They bring you joy. They cause you tears. They make you laugh until your stomach hurts. They ask your forgiveness. They hate you. They love you. They are your family, and the love they bring into your life is the greatest gift you have ever received.
Amy's super energetic family photography portrait session.
What a great experience - highly recommended.
We decided to book a family photoshoot when our pre-school son had a cycling mishap and his teeth looked like they were starting to go grey! We’d been meaning to get professional photos done for ages but this gave us the motivation we needed to get organised.
After a bit of Googling we decided to contact Armands at A-fotografy. His photos looked great, his website gave us confidence that he could handle lively kids, and his pricing structure was clear. We explained the situation and thankfully he managed to squeeze us into his diary very quickly.
We arrived at Armands’ studio with bags of props, bundles of outfit changes, emergency snacks and a little bit of trepidation: our 1 year old and 4 year old don’t sit still much. We were given a warm welcome and Armands took time to chat to the kids and gain their trust. They took a shine to him straight away.
The photo session was hugely enjoyable for all – full of laughter. The kids were a bit of a handful but had a ball, and once I realised that Armands could not only cope with our kids but actually enjoyed their chaos I relaxed into things too! Even my husband (who’s not a big fan of having his photograph taken) was really positive about the experience. I felt like the two of us were a team with Armands, trying to playfully stage-manage the kids.
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'Darling, that CD looks so great on our wall' - Said NOBODY. We pride ourselves in providing service from start to finish. Lets produce a beautiful personalised wall design in most lived area of your home. Not only it will boost confidence in your children, but you will be brought back to those fun memories every time when you will be passing by your family portraits.
What type of family photo session is right for you.
How would you describe your family? My goal is to photograph your family story so it reflects true you with children. Are you very active and enjoying your time with kids outdoors? Have a look on this family beach photoshoot I did in Gullane. Maybe you just like to cuddle on sofa and read books with kids, enjoy crafts, baking with them? This would be perfect opportunity to invite family photographer to document your story during ‘Day in Life’ session.
You have also my studio for full disposal. Studio family portrait sessions will concentrate of getting those key shots you are after. We can create nice traditional portraits or try to document those few unfolding wild moments. When Amy asked to have studio family session, she wasn't really sure how this all will unfold. Here is what she had to say.
WATCH BEHIND THE SCENES COTTON FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION.
I love to photograph families across Scotland, throughout the UK, and overseas. So why wait until Christmas to bring them all together? Sometimes “just because” is the perfect reason. Invite Edinburgh photographer to create for you photographs which will absolutely be your heirloom.
Listen what Claire had to say about her family Photoshoot experience.
How to achieve beautiful natural family portraits?
My philosophy on photographing children and families is very simple. I always say ‘you have to play kids game first to achieve whatever you are after’ not only I get kids verrrry involved in process but parents too. It is always a GAME. No matter if that is the studio, Day in Life photo session or crazy outdoors activities family photography session. Gaining trust is key.
See full Cotton family photography gallery.
Here full set of family photographs from Cotton family session, children portraits and some more creative ideas too. You can asses style of work and connection between me as portrait photographer and kids. You will see that it is more like a game filled with action.
Where Does Family Photography Sessions Take Place?
Your family photoshoot can take place in my studio in Edinburgh, at your preferred outdoors location or for ‘Day in Life’ projects at your house. Weather permitting, we can go to a location that has a special connection with your family. It could be a local park where your family always walks the family dog, a beach -- anywhere we can make use of the natural light for outdoor photography. Bella and her mum Freda went for a walk along the water of Leith in Stockbridge (see their family photography session here). I hope the photos captured the fun and lovely autumn colours.
What If It's a Rainy Day? Do We Still Go Outdoors?
I suggest we go ahead in light drizzle – it gives a different feel to the images, and kids always love to run about in their wellies. Outdoor family photo sessions are playful, but if the weather forces us indoors we can reschedule – or I can book my Edinburgh photography studio just in case.
When is the Best Time to Photograph Children?
Make sure everyone is well rested and well fed. We’ll take plenty of breaks to prevent boredom and tiredness. If you have younger children used to having a day nap, please let me know and we can plan around it.
The best time to photograph children is when they are absorbed in an activity or game – so busy having fun that the smiles will come naturally. Children have lots of energy, and it may be more a case of when you will be at your best – relaxed parents make for a fun experience for the whole family.
Can I Bring Pets to the Children and Family Shoot?
You may want to celebrate your pets in your pictures – it’s a children and family photography session after all, and they are part of the family! They’re more than welcome to come along and join in the fun.
How Long Will Family Photo Session Last?
Children and family sessions usually take two hours. Depends on where we doing the session. Day in Life sessions -- as title suggests, takes full day from around 7am till around 7pm.
What Do We Need to Bring to a Family or Children Photography Session?
You may bring your own props– a favourite cuddly toy, superhero outfit, or bicycle perhaps.
Make sure to bring snacks, a drink, a few changes of clothing, and even wet wipes to make sure everyone’s comfortable during the photography session.
Arrive a little early if you want to change at our Edinburgh studio – it’s warm and has all the comforts of home.
Family Portrait Outfit Ideas -- What to Wear.
When deciding what outfits to wear for family or children portraits the main thing is to be comfortable and aware of coordination – consider how you will look individually and as a group. Avoid clothing with words, logos or bold patterns. A good approach is to pick a colour scheme, and have all the members of the family in complementary – though not matching – outfits.
Black-on-black always looks classic and for portraits is timeless. Read about my Black and White Noir Family Sessions here.
Meanwhile black and white photography is becoming increasingly popular. On my blog I share a few suggestions for what to wear for children and family photography sessions. Read the post here.
We were delighted when Armands said he could happily do an outdoor shoot . Armands instantly understood, we wanted to capture our daughter's energy and personality and the three of us interacting as a family, so more fly on the wall rather than a typical family photo shoot.
He brought so much energy that our daughter was buzzing, smiling ear to ear in every photo and really engaging with him and the camera.
We can't recommend Armands highly enough, if you're looking for someone you can trust to really care and go the extra mile, capture your family's personality and really engage, please don't look any further. You won't be disappointed! See you next year Armands and thank you again. Lisa, Haitham and Farrah
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Family Photo Session Prices.
Studio session fee (up to 2 hours) only £85
Outdoors/Location session fee ( up to 2 hours) only £125
There are no hidden costs — session fee means when you book a photography session, you get my time and the full studio experience.
Furry friends are always welcome to join in.
After the session has completed, you will be invited for an ordering session. During the ordering session you will be able to decide which are the best product options for you.
Wall and Presentation Products start from £199
Digital images on USB start from £295