I’ll be honest. When you’re looking to get family portraits in Edinburgh done, you won’t find a loud “in your face” photographer here.
If you’re looking for someone zany, wacky, loud, crazy, extroverted … Someone who turns cartwheels and makes monkey noises to try to coax a smile out of your toddler … Well that’s not me.
When we get together for our session, you’ll find I’m quite calm, relaxed, unassuming, and easy going.
I’m good at talking to quiet, shy children and bringing them out of themselves, but if your child is a space cadet who’s happier zooming around and swinging from the trees, that’s fine too – I make a point of observing the action and capturing it for you.
You want the personality that’s already there captured, don’t you? So lets not manufacture it with stiff posing and “say cheese” grimaces.
Your photographs are taken outdoors to take advantage of the natural light and time of year, whether that’s in the glorious shades of autumn leaves, the daffodils in spring, or the vibrant greens of summer. Snow and frost are fine too, but if it’s wet or really windy we’ll reschedule.
As a family photographer in Edinburgh and the central belt of Scotland, I usually photograph families like yours on location at parks, beaches, farms, woods, in your garden, and I'm open to other suggestions for locations you might like. (Although a dark, north-facing room in a basement flat in the New Town might not be a goer!)
As I know exactly how frazzled you are, I’ll make it as easy as possible for you by guiding you every step of the way.
I even fully guarantee my work so if you don’t love your images, I’ll refund you.
Oh and don’t worry about rictus grins and the kids not “performing” – I’ll take care of all that so you don’t have to.
The first thing we’ll do when you decide you want to book me is to agree a date, time, and location.
If you have somewhere particular in mind we’ll have a chat about it, but if not there are several places I can recommend.
The main thing is good light, which is vital so we can showcase your family at its best.
If you’re not in Edinburgh, don’t worry, talk to me – I love getting round and about and am very often happy to travel!
You’ll get an electronic invoice for my session fee when we put you in the diary, then all you have to do is pay by card. It’s really easy and quick, then when you select products afterwards, you just pay for them separately when you order.
At the same time you’re invoiced for the session fee, you’ll get my electronic contract. You don’t have the time to be faffing with bits of paper and having to send them back to me through the post, so all you have to do is open my email with the link to my contract, read what it says, and if you’re happy, just click “sign”. If you’re not, just phone me and we’ll talk about it.
Once your invoice for the session fee has been settled and you’ve signed the contract, it gets a bit more fun!
You’ll get my “What to Wear” and style guide checklist, because I know figuring out what clothes to pick for your session can be daunting.
But remember, you’re not on your own here. I know what looks good in photographs and I really want you to do everything you can to maximise how much you enjoy looking at them for many years afterwards.
So you end up with the very best images possible, I place great importance on discussing your session with you beforehand.
It gives me the chance to find out about you and your family, what ideas we both have for the images, and how we can create them together. You’ll tell me what you want … And what you don’t want! We can also discuss clothing, as this is something which can really make or break your portraits.
Without a good chat before your session I can’t guarantee my images will meet your satisfaction, so I do require we have this consultation in advance.
Many photographers are happy with just sending out a questionnaire for you to complete before your photography session but I simply don’t think this is enough. My clients always love talking through ideas beforehand, and it’s included in your session fee, so don’t miss it!
We can either do this over the phone or face to face; if it turns out we don’t live too far apart I’m happy to pop round to see you.
We’ll start by finding a spot with great light and take the slightly more posed group photographs there.
Don’t shudder when you see the word “posed” – it’s honestly not hard, and I’ll show you what to do! And if your children are small, don’t worry, we’ll make sure this doesn’t take too long.
Then after we’ve got all the groupings you’d like, we can just move off, go for a wee wander, and as you enjoy some time out with your family, I’ll capture those moments for you when children are busy just being themselves – climbing trees, playing hide-and-seek, or splashing in puddles… Whatever they love doing!
Natural looking portraits come from photographing the moment as it is, rather than directing too much.
I love this bit! Once I've received your wall art from the suppliers, I take it round to you.
Because then I get to see your face when you open it. And I think you love this bit too.
The peace that comes with seeing beautiful images on your walls and albums created over the years of the people who mean the most to you is absolutely priceless.
Reminders of the good times together, the deep connection and love you share as a family, so often lost in the daily grind.
Stop for a moment, slow down, take yourself back to those moments of love and fun you see immortalised in print, on your walls. Feel a smile soothe and warm your frantically ticking mind.
There. Affirmation right there, on your walls of your home, that, actually? You’ve got this. You ARE doing a great job.
or perhaps you might like to know a little more about me first?
We had a family shoot last month and we are so pleased with the pictures.Donna is so easy to work with she instantly makes you feel at ease and as a result catches some wonderful and natural pictures.This is the second time Donna has done photographs for us and I will definitely be returning in the future.Her pictures of the kids are great and she has really captured their personalities. Thanks again.
Thanks to Donna Green who has taken some fabulous photos for me recently.Highly recommended, professional and worth booking if you want some amazing shots and great company!