Woo hoo! You booked a session! I’m so excited to work with you!
I put together this guide to help you prepare for your session and get the most out of our time together. I want you to have the best experience possible. Furthermore, I want this to be a time during which you can relax and enjoy your time with your family. The session may be, dare I even say, fun?
Family portraits are among the most meaningful keepsakes we possess. They freeze this moment in time. Remind us of things we don’t want to forget. Help us watch our children grow. And if you’re a parent who is usually on the other side of the camera, (guilty!) they will become cherished mementos to our children when they are grown and have children of their own.
I’ve included some information on what to expect during the session, what to wear, some answers to frequently asked questions, as well as some tips on how to prepare. I can’t wait to get started!
What to expect
My sessions are relaxed and my goal is to make them fun for everyone. I want to provide a stress-free experience for you.
I will be talking to you and providing guidance for the entire session. You will never once need to wonder where you should go or what you should be doing. That said, I don’t think of what I do as “posing”, it is direction with prompts (sometimes silly ones) for interacting with each other.
You will be moving for most of the session. Very rarely, if ever, will I ask you, or expect your kids to be still. (Great news for the kids, right??)
What to wear
First rule: Be yourself! Your photos are yours and should be a genuine reflection of yours and your family’s personality, you should wear what makes you feel confident and comfortable.
Dress comfortably. You’ll definitely be moving around. Make sure your kids are comfortable too. No kids love cooperating when they’re in a super itchy sweater!
Feel free to sport and mix patterns, if that’s your thing. It’s also okay to stick with neutrals if that is what you prefer.
Totally stumped? I always recommend clients start with one article of clothing they love, and then choose other pieces in coordinating colors and patterns.
Clothing with graphics, lettering or logos. They’re just distracting.
The dreaded “matchy matchy”. I.e. everyone wearing the same dark jeans and a white polo.
Large amounts of extremely bright or neon colors. It’s okay if bright colors make an appearance in a pattern you’re wearing, but if your entire shirt is electric chartreuse, it will cast a weird color on your skin. This is also a lot more important for your top than for other articles of clothing.
If we're having the session in a park, it’s probably best to avoid high or spikey heels. They have a tendency to sink into the ground if its soft.
Prep your kids
I just love kids; I love working with them, and one of my favorite thing about photographing families is getting those genuine little smiles and expressions, and capturing their personalities.
Some kids love being in front of the camera, and some are not fond of being told to pose or smile. (My own children fall into the latter category!)
Please don’t worry if when you show up to the session, your kids are not smiling or cooperating, or if they are running around all crazy-like. It's totally normal! I will get them laughing. I have the best results giving them time to relax, play, and be a little silly. So many of my favorite images were captured while kids were busy playing and exploring. We'll get the family shots too!
Some tips to make sure kids are in the best possible mood for our session:
Make sure they are well-rested
Make sure they are fed
Tell them what we will be doing and make it sound exciting!
Make this exciting for them – consider a reward/something fun afterwards
Let them be little!
What to bring
Water and (non-messy!) snacks for the kiddo(s).
A change of clothes for the kiddo(s). You never know!
Extra diapers, wipes, etc, if applicable.
An adventurous spirit!
Prep Yo Self!
Give you and your family enough plenty of time to get ready before your session so you don't feel rushed. I mean, I know what it’s like, and how hard that is to pull off sometimes. Believe me. But if you can, this will greatly contribute to your ability to relax and enjoy your fam. And that always shows in the photos!