9 Tips on What To Wear For Your Family Photos

One of the number one questions I get when booking family sessions is ‘what do we wear?’. What your wearing will most likely end up hanging on your walls in framed prints and will drastically make a difference in the effect of the photo – but no biggie, okay?

It’s actually pretty simple, there’s no need to stress about it. Here are some tips to help you out.

1 – Avoid big logos or graphics

If you really want to show off your love of Harry Potter then, by all means, go ahead, but to get some timeless photos where the main focus is your family and it’s a connection, avoid big obvious logos. Branded items can often age badly over time and just take away from the whimsical style of photos.

2 – Try to co-ordinate colours

AKA, try and look for a rough colour palette of colours that complement each other. Earthy tones and neutral tones will always work well, soft blues or pinks can work nicely. If you are a bright coloured family, then feel free to rock that too – but think about the location we will be shooting in, and whether or not it will work.

3 – Avoid all wearing the same

Earthy tones are your best friend. Different tones of grey, blues, white will look nice together, but all turning up in fully white / black / anything will tend to look very staged and unflattering.

4 – Dress up

aim for smart casual. Feel free to wear dresses, shirts or anything that may usually be a little too formal for every day. Use this time to have fun dressing up. However, I would keep in mind that you want to be able to let loose and have fun on our session, even if that means getting a little dirty.

family with a newborn in farnham

5 – Accessories!

These can be really fun to bring along and can often work their way into the photos in other ways too. Think big floppy hats, statement jewellery, brooches, ties.

6 – Where will they live?

Think about where you want to hang these photos – is your house neutral toned? Do you follow a specific colour scheme?

7 – Work with different textures

Textures are your friend – try and mix it up a little rather than going for large prints. Maybe a bit of cord or denim, cotton or chiffon…

8 – Don’t be afraid to show up as you are

At the end of the day, these photos are of you and your wonderfully imperfect family. You bring with you your own uniqueness, so don’t be afraid to show that off. Come as you are.

9 – Be comfortable!

But please, PLEASE make sure you are comfortable in your clothes. You want to be able to move and feel confident too.

Woohoo! Hopefully, this post will help you decide what you’d like to wear in your next family photos. Please feel free to ask my advice if you are unsure!

Thanks for reading and hope to see you soon,

Jas x

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A Floral and Whimsical Sisters Photo Session in Farnham

Hello there! It appears that summer has, at last, landed in Farnham and what’s one of the best things about summer? Beautiful gardens, long evenings outside with friends and playing outside in the sunshine.

Last week I had a lovely family photos session with the wonderful Emma and Martha.

The Secret Garden of Farnham

There is a little, almost hidden ‘secret’ garden in Farnham town centre, and if you haven’t found it yet, you soon will. We decided to photograph in Victoria Garden as right now it’s in its full blooming glory – huge dusky pink roses, lavender. It is honestly gorgeous, and the people in charge of its upkeep are really doing such a good job.

Emma and Martha are the kind of sisters I always wanted – as an only child. They are both confident and happy, full of ideas and fun – photographing them was natural and easy and they were soon requesting photos and thinking of different ways to act in the images.

This session was a mini session – so it was only 30 minutes (see pricing) but in that time we got some gorgeous floral portraits.

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The Gallery

sisters smelling a rose in farnham garden
young girl smelling a rose in black and white in farnham garden
family portrait of children with roses in farnham
young girl with flowers in farnham by jas poole
family photography portrait in farnham garden by jas poole
black and white family photo of two children in a garden
two girls walking through a rose garden smiling
two sisters in a rose garden in farnham by jas poole
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two happy kids in farnham garden by jas poole
two hugging teen child sisters in victoria garden by jas poole
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two child sisters hugging by lavender in farnham
two girls in victoria garden in farnham with roses
sisters photography by jas poole
two sisters together in farnham
two children looking down in victoria garden farnham

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Have a great day!

Jas x

Busby + Fulcrum – Pet Photography

When you are faced with photographing a 12 week old puppy there are only a few thoughts running through your head. Firstly, the squish and secondly, the cuddles. There’s something about puppies that fills you with joy and honestly, their little faces are the best medicine. I’ve been wanting to explore pet photography and portraits, but if I’m being real here it’s also because I just really want to meet new dogs and cats.

Everybody meet little Busby – a pug cross a beagle – aka, a puggle. Possibly the cutest combination. I would also like to introduce the majestic Fulcrum, Busby’s mentor and adopted sister, who is a big white fluffball of patient (most of the time).

These two played and play-fighted with each other for an hour while I tried to sneak around photographing them, but often Busby bound up to me super excited and tried to lick my face. It was exhausting in the best way.

So, here we go. May I introduce: Busby and Fulcrum

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Thanks for reading!

Jas x

Livvy + Ava – Teen Sisters – Autumn Farnham Photography

Hello you! It’s been a while since I last posted, but here is a small photo session I did recently in the centre of the wonderful town of Farnham in Surrey. There are so many beautiful and historic places in Farnham town centre – as well as of course the parks and the gardens – that this gave us the perfect beautiful and backdrop for a lovely little family photo session with Livvy and Ava.

I met Livvy and Ava through their lovely grandmother who wanted to use the images as a surprise present for their mother’s birthday. It was all a bit of a secret (dad was in on it too) and the girls where able to choose their own outfits and plan for the photos ahead. The photo session was in early autumn and just as the sun was setting over Farnham. We had some beautiful golden hour and light, and where lucky enough to have perfect weather to suit.

Eventually we printed the photo pretty large and had it framed as the perfect special birthday gift got their mum. A huge thank you to Livvy and Ava for being so lovely and brilliant throughout the whole photo session.

Here are just a small selection of the images delivered from the shoot, I love how Farnham looks in the autumn sunshine and how good are the girl’s fashion choices?! I hope you enjoy the images.

If you are interested in having your own photos in Farnham or surrounding areas, please do get in contact via my online form and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Alternatively you can follow me on instagram for all the latest by clicking just here. To see some more photo session examples be sure to check out my gallery for ideas and inspiration.

Archer’s 2nd Birthday in Hindhead, Surrey – Family Photography

Hi everyone! I’m here today with a brand new gallery of family photos to share with you – this time celebrating a birthday with two lovely little brothers (Chester 4 and Archer 2) and their parents.

If you have been following me for a while, you may know that for the last four years or so I have providing the family photography for the wonderful Oulton’s near Hindhead in Surrey. Although we often venture into Farnham and surrounding areas for our family photos, this month the photos were taken at home to celebrate the second birthday of Archer.

Archer is such a lovely little soul, and I can’t believe we are already at his second birthday. Complete with miniature sized toilet, a remote control car, a water table and the Peppa Pig cake of dreams, below are just some of the photos of the gallery delivered.

If you are interested in booking your own family photography session near Farnham in Surrey, please feel free to drop me a message here. Photo sessions start from £80, and also can make a brilliant gift for family or friends. I can provide vouchers for Christmas of birthday gifts if that’s what you would prefer/

I also invite you to follow me on my family photography instagram for the latest news, and also my facebook page which is usually the first place I go to post new content and photos.

Thanks for all your love and continued support, it really means a lot to me.

Jas x

Georgia’s Newborn Photos at Home in Farnham

A few weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of being invited to photograph the beautiful 10 day old Georgia with her parents and older brother at home in Farnham.

10 days old is probably the perfect time to photograph a newborn photo session – the newborn is still pretty teeny tiny but at the same time they are now a little bit more aware of the world and able to connect more with parents and family and sometimes look towards the camera too.

The love and connection between these guys is so abundant in all the photographs and I can’t wait to show you an excerpt of my favourites from the gallery I sent over to them. For me the magic of newborn photography comes in the raw realness of the newborn at home and the connections between the whole family. If it were me, these are the kind of things that I would want to remember.

If you are interested in booking your own family photography session in Farnham or surrounding areas, please do drop me a message and we can discuss and start the ball rolling.

For now I will leave you with a wonderful gallery of lifestyle newborn photography of Georgia’s first few weeks at home.

Jas xo

Georgia’s Newborn Photos at Home in Farnham

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Jas xo

5 Benefits of Photo Sessions at Home

I often get asked whether or not I think photo sessions are ‘better’ at home or outside somewhere pretty. Ultimately, it comes down to what you want to get out of your photos. Another blog post will be up soon around photos taken on location, but for now…

Here are some of the benefits of having photos taken in your own home:

1 Calmer Environment

I have found that sometimes if you get kids dressed up and taken them out they can get really excited and hyped up. While this may not be a bad thing, if you’re after more natural and cosy photos, being at home can often help make things more calm and relaxed.

2 More Memories of Home

When you look back at photos from the past taken in your own home, you can also remember where you were in your life at that point as well as your family. The decor in your home, little nicknacks, how the nursery looked, what you were enjoying at that time – it all becomes part of the memories captured in the photos. It also makes it easier to use various props like a favourite toy, dressing up outfit or piece of artwork.

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3 No Outsiders

Sometimes it can all get a little bit self conscious when you’re out in a local park and people are walking by and having a bit of a look at what you’re up to. While this doesn’t need to make a difference, at home you get to control who is around to see what’s going on. You can be as silly and goofy as you like and not have to worry in the slightest.

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4 Authentic Family Life

I love photographing in a documentary style, and being at home let’s everything unfold naturally. Going down for a nap, painting, lunchtime, playing in the garden are all parts of your life that you can have photographed that wouldn’t be possible on location.

5 It (Can Be) Less Stressful

Having a photographer come to your home can be a lot less stressful than getting everyone ready, packing a bag, herded into the car and then at a certain location on time.

So there we have it. What do you think? Have you ever had a photo session at home and how did it make you feel? The ‘5 Benefits of Photos on Location’ will be out soon.

If you are interested in booking your own family photo session, please do drop me an email here and we can start planning your photos! You can also follow me on instagram.

Have a great day,

Jas

Summer Family Photos with The Oultons in Hindhead

Hey guys! How are you? If you’ve been following my work for a little while, you may well recognise the lovely people in this family. To anyone new here – welcome to The Oulton Family from Hindhead! I have been photographing this family around once a month since the birth of their first son Chester, and in June 2018 Chester turned four years old. Wow! Four years, I’ve only just realised that. Chester and I also share the same birthday, so we have a little connection there too. I have been lucky enough to watch them grow month by month and photograph their journey and life.

The Oulton’s have a beautiful home near Hindhead in Surrey, and on this day the whole family was around to celebrate Chester’s 4th birthday. We mostly photographed in their lovely back garden in some gorgeous (but HOT!) summer sunshine.

Below are just a selection from that photo session, and I love how much they have all changed from this time four years ago. The boys are so grown up now! Just look at them.

two boys by flowers in hindhead family photo

CHECK OUT that amazing Thunderbirds cake Chester has right there – yes please. Click here to see an older photo session of these guys back in the winter.

I’m a family photographer based in Farnham, but also cover lots of surrounding areas such as Guildford, Haslemere, Aldershot, Alton, Godalming and many more. If you are interested in booking a family photo session for yourself please feel free to drop me a message and we can get you booked in for your own beautiful photos.

I hope you are all well, and thank you so much for reading this blog and visiting my website. Feel free to have a look around. If you’d like to follow along, I invite you to follow me on my Instagram too!

It’s so super hot at the moment, keep cool and stay hydrated.

All the best,

Jas Poole

Oscar’s 3rd Birthday Party – Family Photography in Ash Vale

This month I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph little Oscar to celebrate his 3rd birthday. It also introduced me to the place of Ash Vale photography, which was somewhere so close to me that I had just never explored before. So – yes to exploring new places!

During a full photo session, the time allocated is two hours. During these two hours you can (within reason) do anything that you would like – stay at home, visit the grandparents, go for a walk etc.etc. It’s completely up to you and what you want to get out of a photo session with me.

We started the photo session by spending the first hour having a family adventure through the woods, finding dandelions and beetles, and trying to stay away from those pesky stinging nettles. The walk was such a lovely way to get to know the lovely family I was photographing and also to explore some great woods that I’d never been to before. The weather was absolutely gloriously sunny so it was wonderful and refreshing.

After the walk, we went back to Oscar’s house where I spent the last hour or so documenting Oscar’s gorgeous little party with his friends and family. The cake, Peter Rabbit themed of course, was so stunning and the joy and happiness on everyone’s faces as they celebrated where full of love and pride.

Posted below are a small selection of the final images from the day – I’ve left out any images of the other children specifically just to respect their privacy. BUT here is a good old overview of our wonderful shoot in the sunshine in Ash Vale, with little Oscar and his family.

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Enjoy! Jas x

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