Your family photographer in Hertfordshire
Children are brilliant, aren’t they? Their motto is to play and have fun and I am totally onboard with that! As your Hertfordshire family photographer, photographing in and around Welwyn, Stevenage and Hitchin, I make sure that your photo shoot is relaxed.
I connect with you and with the children, and then we simply play. There are likely to be lots of silly games and perhaps even the smallest amount of mischief. I am passionate about storytelling through my lens.
The photo shoot usually takes place at your home or at a beautiful outdoor location. I have lots of favourite places across Hertfordshire. Sessions last around an hour, depending on the age of your children; and more importantly on their mood.
As a parent myself, with a background in teaching, I know that not all children want to play up to the camera, and I work hard to engage with them. Families often describe a photo shoot with me as being like a lovely walk with a friend.
After your session, I carefully edit your images to give them my signature style and ensure they are perfect. (Even digitally wiping knees and noses!). I have high standards so you can be proud of the photos that will grace your walls and albums. Finally, I upload your pictures to your own private online gallery so that you can choose your favourites.
Below you can find some frequently asked questions, but if you would like to know more please get in touch!
Alannah Hebbert – your Hertfordshire family photographer, photographing in and around Welwyn, Stevenage and Hitchin.
They are so perfect
‘Wow’ and ‘amazing’ don’t seem worthy enough words to describe what Alannah does. I saw the proofs of our photos and I’m not ashamed to say I cried because they are so perfect.
First you will need to choose your session, which covers my time on the day. This is usually 60-90 minutes depending on where we go for your family photo shoot in Hertfordshire, what the weather is like and importantly, what mood your children are in!
I always factor in time for snacks, face wipes and even changes of clothes if necessary.
Weekday session fee: £70 – Monday to Friday mornings, term time only
Weekend session fee: £90 – Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays
When you have received your images, you can choose your photo package. Depending on what you love, this can include digitals, prints or beautiful wall art. The package prices are outlined below.
10 digital images with matching 6×8″ prints
15 digital images with matching 6×8″ prints
Choosing your family photographer
Whether you are looking for your home life to be documented, or something special out in the local countryside, it is important to find a family photographer in Hertfordshire that you really ‘click’ with.
You can arrange a phone call with me by clicking here. I promise no sales pitches! But we can chat about the type of photography that you are looking for. This will help you get a feel for whether I am the right Hertfordshire family photographer for you.
Now is the time to document the memory of your family, right now, and to get in the frame yourself. Imagine yourself picking up and treasuring these photographs in twenty years time, and then give me a call!
Alannah Hebbert – Hertfordshire family photographer, in and around Welwyn, Stevenage and Hitchin.
Alannah captured beautiful photos of all of us, especially my children. She made the kids at ease and they loved the photo shoot. The only difficult decision is narrowing down to which photos to get, we love them all.
How does the session work?
My goal is to capture the real essence of your family, making a snapshot of you all at this particular time: your personalities, your relationships and of course how you look!
There will be some loosely posed shots but I also take a documentary approach, using my knowledge of equipment and natural light to create images of you simply being you.
I will offer you prompts and ideas throughout the session, and generally ask lots of silly questions to get natural smiles.
Where will the session take place?
Together, we will decide on the best location for your photo shoot in Hertfordshire. This could be out in the fields, a local park, or in the woods.
The session could also take place at your home, for a more personal feel.
I have a few favourite locations around Welwyn, Hitchin and Stevenage that I love to shoot at regularly, but if you have somewhere wonderful in mind then I would love to hear about it. Bear in mind that some locations, such as Hitchin Lavender, may charge an additional fee.
What should we wear?
My main advice is to wear something comfortable. If you are constantly worrying about a top riding up or a wayward strap, you will find it less easy to relax. Also, as many of my session are outdoors, nature might get in the way of a white outfit.
I recommend that you try to coordinate your family’s outfits without being too ‘matchy-matchy’ – there is no need for everyone to be in blue jeans and white t-shirts. You can look at my Pinterest boards or read my blog posts to get an idea of what I mean. Essentially, I suggest that you consider the colour wheel (cast your mind back to secondary school art lessons!) and pick similar or contrasting colours.
Will you bring any props?
Although I don’t use props, I do have one or two things that I bring on request, including Fable Heart crowns and capes and willow wood star wands.
I strongly encourage you to bring things that reflect your family – a favourite comforter toy, an instrument if you play one, even a kite if that’s what you love!
What if my children are naughty or my house is a mess?
I am a parent two young children; one of my fabulous daughters has special needs; my house is generally covered in unicorns, train sets and dust. I was also a primary school teacher for 15 years and my passions were (still are!) outdoor learning and creativity. Hopefully this tells you all you need to know, but to be more specific: naughty children are the most fun to photograph and I may even encourage the smallest amount of mischief.
Try not to be too stern – I promise it is worth it for the photos, but do step in if the children are being uncooperative or behaving in a way that puts them or others at risk.
If at home, please don’t clean and tidy too much – do your usual thing, I’ll help you to choose a couple of the most light and spacious areas and we can move things as we go.
What if it rains on the day?
How many photos will I get from a session?
You can usually expect around 35-40 final photographs from a full family photo shoot.
I'm a fellow camera nerd, what gear do you have?
Much like Arsenal or Tottenham fans, photographers usually worship one brand until the day they die. In the battle between Nikon and Canon, Canon wins it for me! Specifically a Canon 5D mk iv, with a Canon 70d as a backup camera body.
I use a range of prime and zoom lenses, but my go-to is a Canon 70-200mm or a Sigma 35mm art lens. I shoot in manual mode to best control the light and to achieve the dreamy background blur (known as bokeh) that you will see in my portfolio.
If you are interested in learning photography, I also teach at Photography for Parents. You can learn how to get out of ‘auto’ mode and compose beautiful photos to tell the story of your family.
What edits will you do?
You will see from my portfolio that I edit to create a natural yet polished look. I shoot in a camera format known as ‘raw’, which always requires some editing to ensure the best colour, exposure and sharpening.
On top of this I remove small imperfections, such as lint on clothing, distracting branches (we’ve all had photo with a tree coming out of the top of our heads!) or the remnants of children’s snacks!
I do not edit to make you slimmer (although I can if you would really, really like me to do so) as I want to capture you naturally, but I might remove the odd pimple or knee graze or flyaway hair! I want you to look your best and feel great when you see your pictures!
At the end of the process, I sharpen your photos and offer them to you as high-resolution jpeg downloads (for printing later) or low, internet ready, resolution for you to share online. Once you have seen the photos, if you require any further editing, I can happily do so at £20 per photo.
How will I view and choose my photos?
Once edited, I upload your images to a private online gallery. You are free to share the link with any friends or family that you think might like to see them. Each photo will be watermarked at this point.
Once you have had a chance to look at them all properly, you can choose your favourites and order them directly from the gallery. There are four packages to choose from ranging from £199 to £599. There are also options to purchase canvases, framed prints, albums, cards and calendars.
Any downloads or prints will have the watermarks removed.
I use a print lab that is only available to professional photographers, and the quality is fantastic. If you would like to see a direct comparison of professional quality prints and high street prints, you can read my blog about it, where I also make recommendations on where to get more printing done if you choose to do so yourself.
Can I buy more photos later?
Err, so how do you pronounce your name?
You’re not the only one to ask. I have two notoriously difficult to pronounce names!
Alannah rhymes with Hannah – it’s an Irish name meaning ‘sweetheart’ (I know!) and I’m named after my great aunt, who is an absolute wonder and lead the most adventurous and exciting life.
Hebbert, well, you can blame my husband for that one. Just know it is not ‘Herbert’ and you’ll be fine 😀