We enjoy our family and children sessions just as much as our clients do. We create a fun experience for our sessions, either on outdoor shoots or at agreed locations in and around Johannesburg. Our style is very natural and free, so we encourage the family to bring fun props along with them, such as bubbles, boards, signs, letters, chairs, tents, dress up props, blankets or the family dog. We bring a few things as well. Posed portraits can sometimes be difficult for the young ones so we capture posed but unposed shots as well as candid shots of children. Its also great for the parents to get involved and help under our direction for posing.Family sessions last for an hour to an hour and a half. It gets too much for the children there after. If you would like your shoot to be in two different locations please allow for 2 hours.
Where to photograph?
We can travel anywhere in and around Johannesburg. Over 40km travel from where we are based will be a little extra. If you need suggestions feel free to ask us. Otherwise we can come to your home, or your local park. Johannesburg is filled with many interesting and creative spaces and places so we are always up for adventure!
What to wear?
We always encourage our families to wear neutral colours, such as black, white, cream, nude or any pastel light colours. Please try avoid patterns.
When to book?
If you have a specified date in mind that you would like to do a family shoot, please book at least a month in advance. Otherwise just give us a call and we will find our first available date, which is usually after a month or so. A 50% deposit will be required to confirm your session.
We capture those little moments that come and go so quickly in your childs life. We do an hours session for 6month shoots and cake bashings. We mainly focus on portraits of your baby but we do include a couple family shots as well. We also photograph at birthday parties, everything from the décor, to family portraits, child portraits, guests and candid shots of the day.
A newborn session usually lasts 2-3 hours and the best time for a newborn shoot is when your baby is 6 days – 2weeks old.
It is best to contact us when you are 3months away from your due date. We will schedule floating sessions in line with your due date, and a 50% deposit is required to confirm your newborn session. It is always best to keep us informed of any changes in your due date. Please contact us within 24hours when your baby is born so that we know when to book your session exactly.
All our newborn sessions take place during the week, Mondays to Fridays. Sessions can start early in the morning from 8:30/9:30am. We can accommodate your working hubbys and kids at school so please don’t hesitate to ask.
Once you have confirmed your session we will send you a prep guide that’s very important for you to read so that your newborn can have a smooth shoot. Our specialized newborn studio is based in Birdhaven near Wanderers Melrose. We will have everything set up and ready to go when you arrive. Moms and dads can sit and enjoy watching the session or you are free to go down for a cup of coffee and relax and we will call you up when we need you for family portraits. Sometimes if the newborns smell or hear their mommies it makes them restless and harder to pose. We don’t need much assistance so take advantage of this time and sit back and relax!
Newborn Sessions generally take up to 3hours, so please plan for that. Bring a book to pass the time!
At your home
If you would prefer us to come to you we can pack our entire newborn studio and bring it to you, of course at an additional fee. You can enquire more about this.
What to wear?
Parents and children are to wear something breezy and light. We like to stick to natural and simple colours. So black, white, grey, beige, cream or pastel colours. No Logos or patterns please.
We have a variety of different props to choose from. So for each newborn session, you can choose two different backdrops, and1 different prop such as baskets or boxes. We provide wraps, headbands, little outfits, tutus, etc… However if you have anything you would like to use please bring it along.
Little Black Box retains the copyright for all our images taken, however we understand and respect your privacy of yourselves and your children, so we will always ask for your permissions to share the images via Facebook, Website and Print promotions.