So you booked your session...now what?
Via e-mail we will discuss location selection, wardrobe selection, and answer any questions you have.
What should I wear?? Check out some examples. Be comfortable. Coordinate, don't match. Think of the colors of the season:
I am excited to capture you and your loved ones. My goal is not to get a stiff, posed shot with everyone looking at the camera, but to capture your family's love and connection. I take a documentary approach to photography and use my understanding of natural light to create images you will cherish. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session with me.
Location: Together, we will decide on the best location for your photos. I have many locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new locations as well. You should choose a location that fits your style and personality but also consider the outcome of the photos - a field at sunset and an architechtural shoot in the morning light will yield very different results. Don't hesitate to check out my galleries to see some examples.
Time: We will shoot either in the morning or in the evening. The light is typically too harsh mid day. If your children are up for it, shooting one to two hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere. Many families tell me that they simply have the kids take a late nap or have some down time prior to their evening session. Some bribes during/after the session never hurt if you are comfortable with that (nothing messy! Something that can look cute in photos is a bonus - like an oversized lollipop they get right before the end of session.)
Length Of Session: The good news is, I am super fast! My family portrait sessions rarely last more than an hour. Don't worry, I can easily get a diverse and adequate gallery in that time.
What To Wear: Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating. I know we are often dealing with the Texas heat, but layers (scarves, shawls, chunky necklaces, vests, suspenders, etc) add an element of fun and can reflect your personal style. They can also be removed/added to further increase the variety of photos in your gallery.
Props: I do not use props during my sessions, but this shoot is about you! Let me know what you're thinking.
Your Children: I have had good success just giving the children time to relax and trying to capture their natural self. Don't worry if your child is running about and active, most of the images you see of young children on my site were captured while the child or toddler was busy playing and exploring. To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply "be" with the child, or hold the child and we go from there. To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session. Prepare the child for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it's best not to surprise them.
Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time: Remember, your session is scheduled according to light. It is important that we start on time. Please plan for traffic or parking constraints. It's best to arrive early.
I can't wait to capture your family! Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have. See you soon!