I’ve never done a proper family photoshoot before. I guess because in my mind they are always awful. No offence if you like those dreadful staged photos on a cheesy background, where you’re all lying on your fronts with your heads resting in your hands, they’re just not my thing.
We’re going to be moving house soon, (once the vendor finds her stupid gas safety certificate and we can finally set a date), and looking around the house where we are now I’ve realised that all of our family photos are at least five years old.
On the one had this is fine – I looked much younger and thinner then, and the girls had cute chubby cheeks – but it’s starting to feel a bit weird, like perhaps the last few years haven’t actually been real?
I decided that a new house should mean a new start photo wise, and so reluctantly I have been taking down the photos of Belle dressed as an Easter bunny, ready to put up more recent ones.
But what to do about a shoot that wouldn’t mean us looking like this??
(Apologies if this is you and your family but seriously, what were you thinking with those baubles and Dad casually holding a gift?!)
Cue Liam from Life is Crawsome and his super cool drone.
Nothing could be further from the Christmas bauble awfulness than spending the afternoon in the middle of a forest, lying on the floor while a drone hovers above you taking pictures.
The guys from Life is Crawsome started out as wedding photographers, but they have clearly spotted a gap in the market for non-crap family photos and so have branched out. They now offer photo shoots for families, which you can have done anywhere you like – the beach, the forest, a city – wherever you feel best reflects you and your family.
One of the great things about doing your family photo shoot this way is that you don’t have to worry about getting kids to stay still and look at the camera. Liam was full of energy and had us doing all kinds of stuff, like running backwards and forwards across the camera, throwing our coats up in the air and giving each other piggy backs. When you relax into doing silly things like this, you allow the camera to see the real you, and the shots you get from it are so much more true to family life than anything staged in a studio.
As well as shots of us together as a whole family, Liam did some individual pictures too. I had taken a hat with me as a prop, because I’m fancy like that, so I insisted I get to wear the hat in at least one picture.
Some of my favourites from the shoot are of Bee and Belle on their own. One of Belle’s favourite things to do is to annoy Bee by getting REALLY CLOSE to her, and I think Liam captured this brilliantly.
That last one of the three is one of my very favourites.
Once you’ve had your shoot, Liam takes the photos away to edit before sending you over a selection of the best ones. You then have the option to buy digital downloads that you can print yourself, or you can order framed prints.
We really loved taking part in the shoot, and I’m looking forward to getting some of our pictures printed for the new house. Once we finally move in, (fingers crossed), I’ll take some more pictures to show you how they look in situ.
Find out more about having your own family photo shoot with Life is Crawsome on their website here.
Liam came and did a shoot with us free of charge for the purposes of this review. All opinions my own.