Full Session Photoshoot Experience
The reason I set up Frank & Bloom was because I noticed that girls within the families I photographed were often the ones who struggled the most in front of the camera. Girls would say that their biggest fear was about feeling awkward or how to look or pose. That they had practiced some poses but didn’t know what to do with their arms, hands or legs.
First and foremost a photoshoot experience is about relaxing and having fun and because I plan my photoshoots so much, all a girl needs to do is turn up and enjoy herself. For the purposes of photographic composition, at times I will of course position my subject in relation to their environment, however I spend time chatting and having fun to capture the spontaneous moments I am looking for. If a girl is involved in an activity they love, then of course those shots come even more naturally.
Girls have up to two outfit changes in a full session and there is a handy pop up changing tent to use. I don’t dictate on what girls should wear, how their hair is styled or whether they wear makeup. If the girl is left to decide, it can create authentic and expressive images of who they are today (given that at certain ages these aspects form a part of the outward expression of their identities). That said some girls have no opinions on it at all or the parent makes the decision and so literally anything goes as far as I am concerned. I leave it up to the parents and the girls to decide but do provide key advice about what not to wear e.g. clothes with logos on.
A Frank & Bloom photography experience can be for groups of girls too and is a great way to share the cost of a photoshoot. For individual photoshoots, you are more than welcome to invite her friends along for a few, fun group images at the end for free. If you want a few family shots at the end then just ask, and if she has a pet that she has a special bond with, bring them along too. I love animals!
Step-By-Step Guide To Your Full Session Photoshoot Experience
Before you book, let’s chat! A quick initial phone call is the best way to get to know each other and go over any pre-booking questions.
1. Booking Your Session
We will provisionally reserve a day and time for you that can be easily confirmed by:
- Paying your session fee
- Filling out and signing the booking proposal
- Returning your girls online “Frankly me” questionnaire
2. Pre-Session Consultation
A pre-session consultation is scheduled two to three weeks before your session. This gives us a chance to get to know each other, discuss the girl’s questionnaire and personality, suitable locations and timing for the photoshoot experience and what to prepare for the day. Girls can of course be involved in the consultation.
A helpful email is sent to you two to three days before your session reminding you of what we discussed along with tips to help the session run smoothly.
3. Mood Board
Shortly after your pre-session consultation I will send you an online mood board, full of ideas for your photoshoot. Everything on the mood board – colours, location and props (if any) are personalised to your child’s character.
You and your girl/s also have the option to send your own ideas and inspiration to me for the shoot as well.
4. Your Photoshoot Experience
My sessions are casual and relaxed, definitely not rushed. The focus is all about character and having fun and because of this a huge pressure is lifted from the girls to be anything but themselves. During the shoot I will combine gently posed shots along with capturing spontaneous, unguarded moments as they unfold — no forced smiles or awkward poses here. I also keep to the goals we agreed on during our pre-session consultation.
5. Perfecting Your Images
Each one of your images are individually edited, perfecting them by enhancing light and colour and sharpening details.
Every image I edit for you must have the wow factor. I imagine every image, blown up, on your wall and it must have impact. I edit for quality and take as much time as it needs to get the very best result from each shot. Your images will take approximately four weeks to be completed, so access to your online gallery is scheduled three to four weeks after your photoshoot.
6. Online Viewing Gallery
This is your opportunity to go through the images one-by-one on a private online viewing gallery and select your favourites. You may just want to buy the digital images, but we can also work together to decide which images are best for statement pieces like larger canvases or prints, and those that will work best in albums and other products.
With your consent, your girl/s also have the option to be featured on the Frank & Bloom ‘The Girls’ page.
Contact me about your photoshoot today
The Girls Stories
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Feedback from clients
"Jo finds out what the girl is actually about and then photographs them in their element, capturing the character of them, rather than just making it about 'prettying' them up. As you can see and hopefully what our girls will see is the energy within us all and the inner light that is in itself more beautiful and powerful than any magazine cover or Barbie doll.””
“Jo did a shoot for my daughter who has zero confidence in herself, but right from the start Jo put her at ease, taking her through the shoot stage by stage. By the end of the day she was buzzing. As for the photos, all I can say is "stunning" and the action shots blew me away! Anya loved all of them, especially the ones of her and her mog. If you want a photographer that captures truly amazing photos and is able to put the child at ease from the start, you won't find better.””
“Lily is undeniably IN these pictures; beyond just being beautiful but being HER. It is so refreshing to see photos of her that aren't pouting or posing and I love that now and in the future she will be able to see her 16 year old self fully open and free. We all felt instantly comfortable and at ease with you which meant we were able to truly enjoy the experience as a whole without any kind of pretence.””
“Jo is an absolute natural with kids and has a natural affinity with them. She manages to make them feel extremely comfortable in no time, and they tend to fall in love with her due to her easy-going, fun, friendly and motherly nature, which makes them feel relaxed and ensures they forget there’s a camera there. This relaxing situation enables Jo to capture your child’s true and beautiful essence."”
"I felt more myself & comfortable knowing you already knew a lot about me. The photos have really boosted my confidence about myself because it shows the ‘real me!"”
"Amelie absolutely loved doing the shoot and she wanted to go back and do it all again! You ‘saw’ Amelie for who she actually was and recorded her personality in a completely natural environment.””
"I cannot help but smile every time I catch a glimpse of one of the photos as they seem to perfectly capture my daughter’s cheeky, beautiful and funny soul in every picture! I love every single photo and I’m already planning to book in my youngest daughter next. Jo, thank you for a gorgeous afternoon and the most beautiful pictures of Imani.””