Preparing for your photo session

The Girl’s Guide to Family Photo Sessions

Getting everyone ready and looking good is probably one of the most challenging aspects of a photo shoot.

Try to remember why you wanted to do the photo shoot – capturing special moments, celebrating a milestone or remembering loved ones.

If you have any questions, I would love to assist you.

Colours and outfits

Everyone does not have to match but colour coordinate or colour block your family’s outfits.  For example, choose 2 colours, add a basic colour of white, grey or blue and then use shades of those 3 colours to dress up.

Do not be scared to add a bold colour for fun, like a couple of yellow balloons, or red strawberries.  Remember to keep in mind the tones of the colour pallet – warm | cold | pastel etc.

Bring the right shoes – you might need to walking fast or hike up a hill.

Patterns are great but not everyone in the photo should wear patterns as it may distract from the final image.  Avoid large logos, animation characters & graphics.  Remember to stick to the same season.

Accessorize your outfit to add detail to the images.  Textures are also a great way to make the image interesting.

Weather or illness

A shoot can be rescheduled if the weather is very bad, or a child is ill.  Especially in the case of children, do not schedule the shoot to close after a medical procedure – even an injection.


Children and husbands

Happy children make for greater family photos than clean ones.  Prepare the kids.  I aim to make the shoot fun, so please help me to help them to have fun. Bring along favourite toys or special family past time items as props.

The Girl With The Camera


Cosy Winter Photoshoot Tips

Creative Winter Photo Shoots

The last few days it has been freezing. When I schedule family shoots, it is always something to consider if we are shooting outdoors. No one wants to get sick after a photoshoot. So if you are hiding from the cold like me, perhaps consider a cosy indoor photo shoot with your family.

According to my google dictionary, cosy refers to warmth and shelter especially in a small space; “a cosy nook near the fire”; “snug in bed”; “a snug little apartment”...



So let’s get cosy


  • Dress the part – not a lot of people are happy when they are freeing.
  • Combine textures – it creates beautiful images.
  • Wear layers that you can peel off if you getting a bit warmer.
  • Keep the kids moving – it will help to keep everyone warm.
  • Find a small but warm spot in or around your home.



Items that come in handy during your shoot:

  • Blankets are great for adding textures, keeping you warm and adding a splash of colour to your colour pallet.
  • Tissues to keep those little noses from running away.
  • Hot chocolate or coffee to drink during your shoot.
  • Why not add your pets too – they are normally up for a cuddle in colder weather.

As long as everyone is warm, you will be able to have fun and I will capture beautiful moments of your family.

Contact me for more information.


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The Girl behind the camera…

Your Wedding Photographer …

Hi, I am Marissa.  Thanks for your interest in The Girl With The Camera. I am one of many options you can choose from but my aim is to make your day memorable – even if I have to run around in the rain, help to set up tables or making a joke to help everyone to relax.

I use to work in a high-stress environment as a social worker before taking up my photography hobby as my day job.  Helping the bride to stay came, comes as second nature to me if the florist got the dates wrong for your wedding or if the cake collapsed on a very hot summer day. (Not that we are planning any of these things for your wedding day).  I walk the extra mile to get a beautiful image, literally. If I know that a different angle will give me the perfect angle I will stretch out the window as far as I can or walk through a river to get it for you. (I do have a bit of an issue with hights, but I trained my assistance well – they know what to do to keep me calm).

My hobby became my day job more than 5 years ago.  I am loving every minute of being The Girl behind the camera and that is how  –  The Girl With The Camera – got to see the light.

I believe your wedding photographer must be someone exceptional. They have a few hours to capture your once in a lifetime moment that took you years of dreaming, months of planning and weeks to ensure perfection.

I guarantee that you will have your electronic images 2-3 weeks after your wedding date.

I love to capture beauty in unexpected places.

“Booking The Girl With The Camera was such a wonderful experience, and she made us feel right at home in front of the camera.” 

Salome & Lou Van Wyk

The Girl With The Camera

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Taking pictures of children

Tips for taking pictures of your children

Any one that has children and animals in the same photo would know that it’s not an easy task to get them all to look at you, smile and look natural, while mom is pulling the dog off dad’s shirt and dad is clamping the boys between his legs, in an attempt to keep them still for the picture.

So my solution to this is – let them be. Let them be who they are. There aren’t many children I’ve met before that are great with sitting dead still for long periods of time. So I let them run around, play with their toys and even get dirty. I like to get the natural shots when they are tackling each other and dad is just shaking his head. Or that shot when you are not realising I am taking a photo. Those are the great shots.

Tips to take natural photos of your children:

  • Get down on their level
  • Use an environment that is child-friendly
  • Use a fast shutter speed for the active children
  • Take photos when they are rested and not hungry
  • Incorporate their toys that will keep them occupied and happy
  • Relax and have fun while taking photos

Enjoy the time spent with your children – Every moment is a memory!

The Girl With The Camera

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