6 Tips for a Smooth Farm Family Session
1. Make a plan of where you want to go!
The ideal photo time is around 1.5 hours before sunset.
It's best to have the sun behind you so try to pick a location facing west (or south/north if we have to).
Avoid large buildings or with wind fences as it can create tricky shadows.
Most sessions are 1 hour long, use locations close together, we don’t want to spend the whole time trying to get from location to location.
Is it relatively easy to access?– I am ok with climbing fences, or even a hike to get somewhere but we need to plan accordingly (both timing and outfits that are easy to move in).
2. What animals do you want to include?
Chickens, pigs, horses? Animals in pastures or free-range tend to make prettier photos but if you really want photos in your goat barn or chicken coop I am here for it!
Make sure animals are easy to get to and clean if that matters to you.
Remember animals have a mind of their own if your dog suddenly acts like you are speaking a different language, that’s normal, mine does it too, stay calm and be patient, we have lots of time to get the perfect shot, and I guarantee even if they aren’t listening we will get something adorable.
3. How do you want to include animals?
Do you want photos with them or in the background?
For background photos recognize this may take time. I grew up on a farm, I know that if a stranger gets out in your cow pasture (or you in a dress they have never seen) it might cause them to run to the back of the field, be patient! It is totally okay to sit and visit for a while so the animals can get comfortable with us.
Go ahead and interact with your animals! Your favourite horse comes to see you from the background of a photo don’t be afraid to scratch them or give some love, it makes for great photos.
4. Have feed/halters
Having some treats for your animals might make them behave better, or come up to you, dumping some small piles of grain can make cows/horses in the background stay in one place.
5. What to bring?
A change of footwear might be needed if pastures are muddy, or we have to walk to get where we are going.
Bug spray - enough said.
If we are a long way from home it never hurts to have a backup outfit (you never know what will happen).
A blanket you don’t mind getting dirty that can be spread on the ground.
6. Do you - be yourself!
Photos are for you and a collection of memories that make you happy DON’T OVERTHINK IT! Do what makes you happy. Love your old barn, let's take photos there, your favourite cows are in a pasture full of weeds? I promise you will be the only one who notices, do what makes you happy.