SESSION PREP GUIDE
What to Expect
If you are reading this, it means we have a scheduled session coming up and I am super excited to be serving you and your loved ones :)
This prep guided was created to answer any lingering questions you may have about planning for our time together. If this will be your first session with me, I hope you find it helpful. If you're a returning client, I hope you find it helpful too. I know how much I appreciate reminders. And if you read this and still have questions, please reach out any time. I am happy to help you prepare.
It's your choice! I am always open to any location--old and new. You should choose a location that fits your style and personality. I can help you along with this decision.
If we are shooting in your home (typical newborn session), late morning, early afternoons are best. This is when the most natural light is available.
If we are shooting outdoors we will schedule approximately 2-hours before sunset. The time of year will determine our starting time. The light is typically too harsh midday and shooting during the later hours of the day--know as "golden" hour--provides the most flattering light for outdoor portraits. The images you'll see in my portfolio look the way they do largely because of my use of light and the time of day the session takes place.
In the summer months, this may seem too late for families with young children. My suggestion: simply have the kids take a late nap or have some downtime prior to their evening session. It is well worth it!
Length Of Session:
I like to plan for up to 2-hours, but sessions usually wrap up in less time. 2-hours provides ample time for brief introductions, a little chatting along the way, the opportunity for the kiddos (and adults) to warm up to me and the camera, and allows for small location change if needed without feeling rushed.
What To Wear:
This is the perfect opportunity to dress up if you like. You have invested in this session. Most importantly, you should feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful--whatever that looks like to you :)
Things to avoid:
I would suggest coordinating instead of matching. You may find this blog post helpful. While it gives tips on what to wear for a Fall or Winter session, the clothing examples will
Avoid bright colors and bold patterns. Neutrals work best
Avoid clothing that is heavily branded or has very visible lettering. This can be distracting to the eye.
I no longer use props during my sessions, however, if you have something in mind please let me know before our session.
Remember that children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give children 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 they are 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 will go from there. There will be some posing & guidance along the way, but this is the perfect opportunity for hugging, cuddling, and intentional time with the ones you love most. Do what you do best!
To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little is well-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. Dry, non-messy snacks are best ;)
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.
Still have questions? You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org