My “typical” photo shoot lasts about 1-2 hours. That being said, there really isn’t a typical photo shoot. My goal is to get the best pictures possible of your family, and so I do not work on a clock—we can take breaks as needed for snacks, potty breaks, wardrobe changes, etc. Some photo shoots may end earlier, but some may go longer, so please schedule a time when you can relax and get into the moment with your kids—preferably not when you have another appointment soon to follow.
While early morning and late afternoon/evening are typically best for lighting (1-2 hours after sunrise or before sunset), the best shots will come when your children (and you) are the most likely to be rested, relaxed, and ready to have a good time.
Wardrobe is ultimately at your discretion. It is a good idea to try to “coordinate” the colors in your outfits. Matching is not always a good idea, but clashing colors or too many colors/patterns never are! It’s also advisable to avoid logos/pictures/wording that will date the images. Most importantly, everyone should wear something that they are comfortable in, ready to play in, and makes them feel good! For more wardrobe information and suggestions, see my new section, “What to Wear”.
My goal is to capture your family in its natural state, so be prepared to play and have fun, and don’t expect a lot of posed shots. We may need to coral the kids in or garner their attention occasionally, but mostly we’ll just let the moments unfold, and there will undoubtedly be great images where not everyone is smiling (or maybe not even looking at the camera).
Think about toys, animals, blankies, or other things that your child really enjoys—they may be great “props”! Weather can be a factor for natural light photography, so if the weather is not cooperating, we will reschedule for another time as soon as possible
A lot of parents ask me when they should look at the camera. The best answer I can give is to treat me like another person in the room/yard/where ever we are, just pretend I don’t happen to have a camera. When your child does something cute, funny, or just flat out adorable, it’s often natural to look at the others in the area to share the moment and see if they noticed it too. It’s the same idea with me being there. Try to relax and be engaged with your child—looking up to me will hopefully still come naturally at times.
If you ever have any questions during the session, please don’t hesitate to ask. If anything makes you uncomfortable, please tell me right away. The whole process should be fun and stress free!
I feel very strongly about custom portraiture. I believe there are SO many advantages to it over standard studio portraits that I can’t even begin to list them here. I feel just as strongly about what custom portraiture means to you for customer service. I like to actually get to know the families I work with as that helps me to best capture your personalities. I also want all of my clients to know that I don’t disappear as soon as your session is completed or even when your images are delivered. If there is ever anything you need—any questions or concerns—I strive to be there for you.
Try to keep an open mind and playful spirit for your session. Just as every person is different, so is every single portrait session. Okay, I think I’m done…but if I missed your question, feel free to ask!