Private Client Site
So you booked your session. We chose a date. Now what?
Via e-mail we will discuss location selection, wardrobe selection, and answer any questions you have.
I am excited to meet you and your loved ones and look forward to capturing who you are together.
I aim to capture honest, timeless, beautiful photos of your family and children. My goal is not to get posed shots with everyone looking at the camera, but to capture the true essence of your family. My clients often remark tat they love the "candid" nature of their favorite images from our session. I enjoy using natural light, the environment, visually interesting architectural features and familiar neighborhood structures. These photos are about you and your family and with that comes important and varied settings for our shoot.
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.
Time: If we are shooting in your home, I prefer late morning, because that is when homes are usually lit up the best. If we are shooting outdoors 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. The images in my portfolio look the way they do largely because of my use of light and the time of day your session takes place has a huge impact. Many families tell me that they simply have the kids take a late nap or have some down time prior to their evening session.
Length Of Session: The good news is, I am super fast! My family portrait sessions rarely last more than an hour.
What To Wear: Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating. You can see some outfit ideas on my Pinterest page.
Props: I do not generally use props during my sessions, but if you have something in mind please reach out and we will make sure to include any important elements in your shoot!
Your Children: In my experience as a mom and photographer, children are not fond of being told to pose or smile. I find things go most smoothly if we give the kids time to relax and try 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.