Working for Mango Studios over the years I have seen countless families come in for family photo shoots. I have oohed and aahed over their stunning photographs, feeling a tiny bit jealous and panicked that I have never had a proper photo shoot with my family.
Last year I decided that I wanted an official Mango Studios photo shoot too! I wanted to experience Becky and Liana as professional photographers, not just as friends with cameras! So I booked myself an Autumn Family Mini Shoot! Here is a bit about my experience as a real Mango customer and some of the beautiful photographs of my family and other families, that Becky and Liana took that day.
The Family Mini Shoot was the perfect choice for my family. At only £295 I knew exactly what I was paying and what I would receive at the end of it (Four Digital Images and four 8”x10” prints and the option to buy more which, as you can see, I did!).
These 30 minute shoots were perfect for my young family as I knew that my girls (aged 2 and 4), and my husband for that matter, wouldn’t last longer than that in front of the camera.
We met at Claremont Landscaped Gardens in October. It had been raining the week before so there were a few muddy puddles! The morning didn’t start well when my eldest daughter, Bella, tripped and fell in the biggest puddle. Her cream tights and fluffy jumper were caked in mud! Needless to say I was not a happy Mummy! Luckily, working for Mango Studios meant that I had seen parents weed on and puked on by their offspring, mid photo shoot, so I was prepared and had brought a backup outfit for all of us! Once we had Bella cleaned up, we made our way to the spot that Becky and Liana had scouted out a few weeks before.
I had had a brief discussion with Becky and Liana about what kind of pictures I wanted, but I know their style so well that I knew without me saying anything they would capture my family perfectly.
My mum came along for the shoot too, as I feel it is important to capture as many generations as possible in every photograph. My girls adore their Granny and I wanted some beautiful pictures of them together to show their special relationship.
We didn’t have to bribe the girls to smile at all, they loved posing for the camera and kicking around in the autumn leaves. Becky and Liana tickled them with leaves and chatted away with them quite naturally so they hardly realised they were being photographed.
Near the end of the shoot, we just let the girls play and enjoy their surroundings. These pictures of them are my favourites as their true personalities shine from them.
I want to capture my family as it grows and changes. I can’t afford to have a full family portrait session every year, those will be saved for special occasions. However a Mango Studios Mini Shoot is so inexpensive that it is something I will be booking and looking forward to every year. It will keep my photo frames current and my albums full of the story of our life.
Mango Studios only runs a couple of Mini Shoots a year so places are very limited and get booked up fast. Our next Mini Shoot date will be on Saturday 2nd May 2015.