Getting Ready for Your Session
What to bring to your session...
Please come already dressed, bring additional outfits and accessories as needed. If you have props you want to include in some of the photos please bring those. If we are doing an outdoor session and the weather is questionable bring a really warm coat to keep warm under between photos.
You can arrive and get your children dressed at the session if you are worried about them getting messy on the way. Please also bring chap-stick or lip gloss for children (helps with chapped lips, they are very hard to Photoshop). To be extra prepared, bring snacks if the shoot is around a meal time & a favorite toy to comfort them if they are feeling overwhelmed at the session.
What to expect during family sessions...
Children are UNPREDICTABLE... so, it is my job to be ready for anything! A lot of times parents get frustrated because sessions don’t seem to be going perfect... but the wonderful thing is that those
small moments between tantrums & chaos can be beautiful.
People often ask how I managed to get even one great photograph of their wild child! The answer is simple... I shoot like crazy. It's my job to capture it all! So... the only job I give you, as the parents, is to relax & have fun! Children match your energy, so if you are having fun & showing them how much you love them, they will show you the same in return.
What to wear...
I recommend wearing something more bold and colorful. It's better to wear clothing that has texture, such as: knitting, layers, patterns, stripes, buttons, a scarf and ruffles. This type of clothing tends to photograph well and adds visual interest. Play up accessories.
It can be difficult to coordinate colors and not look too matchy. I recommend picking a few colors, but try not to put them in the same exact clothing. The more layers, textures and colors, the better. Just pick colors that compliment each other. I recommend bright or deep colors (jewel tones like mustard yellow, deep purple, turquoise, dark pink, etc.) and try to stay away from all white or really bright solid colors. I do recommend investing in your child's clothing for the session; it makes a huge difference in the final product. Search out local or online boutiques, they often have unique styles.
Choose a style you like and a few colors you like as well. I recommend that the parents dress in a fashionable, yet simple style. Use a more funky, unique style on the kids. If you have 5 people all dressing with a lot of layers and accessories it can be too much. Dark jeans that have a grit to them is always a great choice for the parents or especially the husband. If you are going to wear a print, stay away from small prints. They don't create visual interest (think bold!). Explore texture and color. You may think that certain colors don’t go together, but think out of the box and have fun!
TIP: Pinterest it s great place to find inspiration for your photo session. I have many ideas on my boards and I love to work with my clients. Please always feel free to email me, if you have any questions.