Preparing for your family pictures can feel a little overwhelming, so let me help to ensure this is as stress free as possible!
We will talk about your vision for your session and find a location* that fits your family's style, if you aren't sure that's ok! I have plenty of locations to recommend.
*except for mini session locations, those will be chosen by me.
We all know that this is probably the biggest task and can cause so much stress! To start I recommend choosing a color palette and go from there, be sure to coordinate outfits and to not be too "matchy matchy". What I mean by this is choose colors & patterns that complement each other, this adds dimension & style to your images. If you would like I will send you some links to some outfits to help relieve the stress, please just let me know if this is something you need. Lastly, these images will be displays of art work on your walls, so when choosing your colors keep your home decor/ colors in mind.
During the Session
During our time together I will have several poses that I will move you through, I will give you both posed and candid images to choose from. I am a lifestyle photographer, so do not stress about the kids holding still and looking at the camera, and please leave the "cheese" at home. I have several ways of getting young kids to cooperate, and I will get you images that represent them and all their personality!
After the Session
After your session you will receive an online gallery no later than 2 weeks form our session date, you will choose your images from there . These images are lightly edited, once you choose your favorites I will do any final edits to them and send you a downloadable file. Once you receive that, please download and backup your images asap.
Time of Day
This can be tricky with young kids, I have young ones myself so I completely understand the importance of bed time. I only shoot during early morning sunrise or evening sunset to get the perfect lighting for your images. During summer this means 6am or 8pm session times. If you have young kids that still take naps, please try laying them down 1-2 hours later than normal, this trick has worked very well for myself & my clients. I also understand that this isn't an option for everyone, so we will figure out what will work best for you if this is the case
It is extremely important to me that you not only print your images, but that you have quality prints. I do not release to one hour photo labs, their machines are unreliable which can lead to poor quality prints. You can order your prints directly from your gallery, just look for the little cart at the bottom corner of your images. I will assist with gallery options, canvas & album orders, just let me know which images you are wanting and I will get you pricing information.
*custom albums start at $150