One of the things we are asked most often is “Do you do family shoots” or “Do you do newborn shoots”. As such, we thought we’d address this in a post. Although we are wedding photographers in Lincolnshire unfortunately we are not also family photographers. That is not something that we currently offer to clients. We also don’t have any plans to introduce these services.
Specialists in Wedding photography
For the last 7 years we have decided to specialise in wedding photography. Weddings are what we enjoy photographing most. Being a specialist in a particular area allows us to focus all our time and attention on our wedding couples. This means we can provide the best possible service for them. It also means that each year (if we’re lucky) our calendar is full of wedding bookings, leaving little time for much else March-November.
The nature of family and newborn photography can mean that is it unpredictable. Babies arrive when they’re good and ready, children get chicken pox, other things come up. It’s all part of normal family life. Sadly, this doesn’t often play out too well around a diary full of weddings, and a lack of flexibility doesn’t make a great service provider.
Seven years of shooting weddings has meant we’ve developed a very specific workflow, routine and timeframe for getting our work done and sadly, introducing these kinds of services just doesn’t fit in with this.
Doing what you love
We’re big advocates for doing something you love. It’s the best thing about being self employed.
If we’re honest, as much as we have the technical skills to deliver nice photographs, I don’t feel that we’d ever be the best people for these jobs. We are a couple who are very happily childfree. Family life isn’t something we dream about or aspire to. As such establishing a connection with families or new parents one on one is outside our comfort zone. We just cannot relate. I would worry that even with the very best intentions (because we’re lovely people, honest!) we may come across as methodical, instead of warm and nurturing. That’s the kind of approach family, newborn and maternity sessions need.
At present, we shoot perhaps one or two non-wedding jobs a year for close family or friends…mostly because they’re close enough to use tactical pester power!