I’m sure that this is not news to most people out there but most men and family photography shoots don’t go well together…

 Or rather men just DO NOT like family photography.

When they hear the words ‘Darling I’ve booked a photographer to come and take our photographs you might as well say ‘Darling my mum’s coming to live with us for a while and will be sharing our bed’.

Seriously this is how bad it is for some men.

But despite their aversion men still get involved. Some do it out of love and a sense of duty. Some due to serious manipulation from a clever partner, and some just plain and simple have no choice in the matter.

So, I approach family shoots being very aware of this and mindful of the fact that the man in front of me wishes he was anywhere but here and I make every effort to help them feel comfortable. Like getting the bare chest shot done straight off to get it out of the way. I’m joking….kind of….no I really am, I don’t do bare chest shots, ever. Saying that though, on a shoot recently, I said to the mum ‘he’s gone all floppy now shall we take his clothes off’….meaning baby obviously, but dad started unbuttoning his shirt, thinking I was talking about him, I’ve no idea what he thought I was referring to as being floppy…but I digress.

And then there’s the Day in the Life family documentary photo shoots…

These family photo shoots are even more baffling for many men and their responses are usually any one of below:

‘WTF?’

‘What, like somebody is going to come to our home and start taking pictures of us at breakfast time?  Seriously?’

‘I just don’t get it!’

‘Awwwwwwwwww no way man’ (take the ‘man’ out if he’s not from the Northeast)

Always though, within 10 minutes or so men realise its actually fine and comfortable and so very much easier that they thought it was going to be and I become part of the furniture.  We have a laugh and a bit of banter and I bet they even miss me when I’ve gone, or maybe not…

But it’s never, ever anywhere near as bad as they thought it was going to be…

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Comments from initially reluctant dads and dads-to-be…

When I found out my wife had arranged a photo shoot for 4 hours, I have to admit I was dreading it.  I don’t enjoy being photographed and the thought of doing this for 4 hours was my worst nightmare.  However on the day it didn’t even feel like a photo shoot.  me, my wife and 2 children just felt like a friend was in the house with us.  I forgot the camera was even there. Angela you’ve done an amazing job and we couldn’t be happier with the photos.  Some amazing memories we now have for life.  Thanks so much. Ben – a Senior Analyst, see his gallery here

I must admit when my wife told me she’d booked a photo shoot I was less than thrilled but obviously I went along with it.  As it was our first baby I knew it was a special photo shoot.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Not what I was expecting. Very informal, laid back and I actually enjoyed it.  Angela put me at ease immediately and I found her really warm and easy to talk to, we were both thrilled with the photos and I would recommend her – even to my mates!  Paul – a rugby playing fire fighter, see his gallery here

Unobtrusive…brilliant results, Phil, Director of Operations, see his gallery here

I was a bit worried to start with as I wasn’t sure what to expect.  But Angela made it painless and the time flew by.  She’s a good laugh and a great photographer which helps, Huw, a Tree Surgeon and Iron Man Participant, see his gallery here

I was a bit apprehensive at the thought of a family photo shoot and didn’t really want to get too involved, but I can honestly say Angela made the whole experience feel natural, nothing formal and totally relaxed.  I would have no hesitation in recommending her and her style of photography.  It’s unique and the images are a true reflection of a moment in time.  David, an Offshore Oil and Gas Process Technician, see his gallery here

I was a bit apprehensive at the thought of a family photo shoot but as it was a family shoot I looked forward to seeing what Angela produced for us.  I felt slightly awkward at first but Angela put us at ease and knew when to get up close with the little one who is three and made it a fun experience for her when she was being reluctant to participate. Ben, a Graphic Designer and fitness freak, see his gallery here

I’m not a posed type of person so this style suits me well.  Angela has a unique style of photography which sets her apart from other photographers I’ve used in the past.  Carl, a fellow lover of all things VW and business man, see his gallery here

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