Top 5 Sydney family photography trends for 2020 – Guest blog post Rony berg

Top 5 Sydney family photography trends for 2020 – Guest blog post Rony berg


Like all forms of art, photography is dynamic; it is always changing and growing as each year goes by. In addition to this, throughout my time as a photographer, I have also seen come and go with each passing year and 2020 is no different. One of the most evident shifts that I have personally seen in Sydney is that a lot of families want portraits that they can send to family members that are unable to travel because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. I think COVID has been a real catalyst in many people’s life making them rethink what’s really important to them. “ A family is not an important thing, it’s everything” (Michael J. Fox).

Here are some of the most popular Sydney family photography trends that I have observed in 2020.


Sydney Family Photography Trend #1 – Milestone Photo Shoots
Maternity photoshoots aren’t a particularly new trend; however, they have been increasing in popularity over the past few years. I am happy to say that maternity photography in 2020 has been in more demand than ever, both lifestyle on-location shoot and studio. The demand for milestone photoshoots is also building off of the popularity of Pregnancy photoshoots. Nowadays, after a beautiful maternity photo session, we are seeing parents immediately book future sessions – usually for a newborn shoot and
then 3-month milestone intervals (3 months, 6 months, 9 months, etc.).
I find that this is a great way to not only document your child’s growth but also to make sure that you record the memories of those initial hectic months that always seem to go by so fast.


Sydney Family Photography Trend #2 – Nature Backdrops
Once upon a time, the standard for family photography used to be that everyone stand (or sit) side-by-side in a room and smile at the camera. That was years ago and I am personally happy to say that trends have dramatically changed since then. Especially now in 2020, professional photographers are getting more and more requests from families that want outdoor or nature backdrops for their photoshoots. I have especially seen a rise in the demand for both beach and bush settings in Sydney. That being said, there are however still some families that prefer to ask their photographers for more laidback backyard photoshoots. This leads us to the next trend…


Sydney Family Photography Trend #3 – Casual Clothing
Similarly to how family photoshoots back in the day used to be all about formal environments, the same was also true for the types of clothing that families would wear. I’m sure that we can all remember family picture day back when we were younger and how everyone – both young and old alike – would have to be wearing their best suit or dress before they stepped in front of the camera. Nowadays, in an effort to genuinely capture the true essence of their family life, more and more families are opting to have their family photoshoots in casual clothing. Jeans and T-shirts are now replacing those aforementioned suits and dresses. I find that this is especially great for family photoshoots that include children since the more casual types
of clothing help to make their youthfulness shine through in the photographs.


Sydney Family Photography Trend #4 – Candid Interactions
In 2020, I’ve truly seen that the penchant for more candid interactions in family photoshoots goes hand in hand with the growing popularity of outdoor backdrops and casual clothing. I love it when families are more relaxed and candid during shoots because I find that this is when the most authentic and honest photos are captured.


Sydney Family Photography Trend #5 – Multigenerational
Photoshoots

As generations go by, our families eventually grow and evolve. Each generation usually has its own milestones and achievements that paint a rich story and in turn influence the newer branches on the family tree.
Multigenerational photoshoots – where you can include children, parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents – give you the ability to create keepsakes that will eventually become monuments to just how far your family has come.


Ronny Berg – is a Portrait and Family Photography in Sydney.

How to think about photographic consent for your child – Colin Anson

How to think about photographic consent for your child – Colin Anson

Colin Ansen

In our digital age, sharing photos of our children is a common occurrence. From birth and right through school, parents share every aspect of their life with family and friends. In fact, according to research conducted by cybersecurity company McAfee, 30% of Australian parents use social media to post a photo or video of their child at least once a week, with 12% posting at least once a day. This was despite 71% understanding that the image might end up in the wrong hands.

A 2017 University of Florida study found that “when children appear in Facebook photos, 45.2% of the posts also mention the child’s first name, and 6.2% reference the child’s date of birth”. On Instagram, it was worse: 63% of parents referenced their child’s first name in at least one photo in their stream and 27% of parents mentioned their child’s date of birth. Almost one in five shared both pieces of information.


It’s not just the parents themselves who are keen on sharing images of their child – photos are a big part of a school’s activities – from the daily photo at childcare to establishing student identity at high school, from school newsletters about students’ achievements to institutional marketing material. 

As parents, we’re responsible for protecting them until they are old enough to make their own decisions about their online presence. So how can we hope to protect our children from security risks when their world is full of situations where their photo is being constantly shared? 

The first step is to gain a better understanding of what correct photographic consent looks like, so you can push back if you’re asked to sign a consent form that is in any way coersive. It is becoming more common for educational institutions to issue a permission slip upon enrolment in a school or childcare centre, asking parents if it is okay for them to photograph their child. Please be aware that not all permission slips are made equal.

For example, schools should never ask parents to sign a consent form that lasts forever. Consent must always have a use-by date, because a lot can change in a short space of time. Schools should obtain fresh consent from parents and guardians regularly – once a year should be the bare minimum.

In a similar vein, push back if your child’s school attempts to ‘bundle’ consent into one form. You are not truly consenting If you’re being asked to do it all at once, or to tick one box. Instead, schools must provide the opportunity for parents to have greater choice and control over what the school can do with their child’s images. 

This is because family needs and individual circumstances are constantly shifting, and a situation that was once okay may no longer be. Unless schools can consistently renew consent for specific situations, they risk exposing children to serious harm.

Always speak up if you ever feel like consent is being taken from you in a way that could be considered coercive. If your school is banning children from enrolling or entering an event unless their parents have signed an ‘all-in’ consent form, for example, then they’re not collecting true consent. 

In cases like these, parents might feel pressured to sign the form, even if they have legitimate and serious reasons for not allowing their child to be photographed. Instead, schools should always make it clear that deciding not to give consent will have no bearing on your child’s experience.

Navigating the digital world will always be a complex task – for adults and children alike. But if you get image consent right you’ve fought a big part of the battle in protecting your child’s digital footprint and will help educate them to become more responsible digital citizens in the future.

About Colin Anson, CEO and co-founder of pixevety:

Colin Anson is a digital entrepreneur, and the CEO and co-founder of child image protection and photo storage solution, pixevety https://pixevety.com/ 

In 2012, Colin saw an opportunity to create a unique business within his area of passion, photography. He witnessed first-hand the potential risks and harm the mismanagement of photos can have on children. And he became an advocate for protecting every parent’s right to determine how their child’s photo is used, and protecting every child’s right to safety and digital privacy. After learning of the minefield of privacy laws and the daily stress for schools in managing and sharing the photos of every single student, Colin decided to do something about it. And pixevety was born.