How to Plan for your Session

I know planning for your photo session can be very overwhelming.  I even stress before my own family shoots and I'm a photographer.  It's completely normal but proper preparation will calm nerves and make for a smooth and successful session.  Please read through this page and let me know if you have any questions at all.  I'm here to help you so please reach out to me.   I'm looking forward to our shoot.  

What to Bring To your Session   

 Please bring clothing and accessories as needed.  You can arrive and get your children dressed at the session if you are worried about them getting messy on the way. Please also bring chap-stick or lip gloss for children (helps with chapped lips, they are very hard to Photoshop).  To be extra prepared, bring snacks & a favorite toy to comfort them if they are feeling overwhelmed at the session.

Also, if you  have any special props you'd like to include please bring them.   Sometimes they will work with the session and other times they may not.  But it's safest to bring it.  


What to Wear to your Session

Clothing is such an important part of your session.  It can bring the whole look of your session together making it more pleasing and overall more cohesive.  

Individuals - 

I recommend wearing something more bold and colorful  with a lot of texture to show off personality. This is an opportunity for your child or yourself to shine! For children, I usually recommend bare feet for indoors and boots or shoes that compliment their outfit for outside. I recommend clothing that has texture, such as; knitting, embroidery, dark faded denim, buttons, and ruffles.
This type of clothing tends to photograph well and adds a lot of visual interest.

Siblings -

It can be difficult to coordinate colors and not look too matchy. I recommend picking a few colors, but try not to put them in the same exact clothing. The more layers, textures and colors, the better. Just pick colors that compliment each other. I recommend bright or deep colors (jewel tones like mustard yellow, deep purple, turquoise, dark pink, etc.) and try to stay away from all white. I do 
recommend investing in your child's clothing for the session since it does make a huge difference in the final product. Search out local or online boutiques.  Let me know if you need links.  I have so many suggestions. 

Family - 

Choose a style you like and a few colors you like as well.  I recommend having the parents dress 
fashionable, yet simple and focus more of the funky, unique style on the kids. If you have 5 people 
all dressing with a lot of layers and accessories it can be too much.  Dark jeans that have a grit to them is always a great choice for the parents or especially the husband. If you are going to wear a print, stay away from small prints, there is not a lot of visual interest (think bold!). Continue to think about texture and color. You may think that certain colors don’t go together, but again think out of the box and have fun!

Shoes!!

What you put on your feet is very important.  Please avoid tennis shoes (unless they're converse for boys).  Note:  We photograph in nature many times so shoes and clothes will get dusty.  

A client brought this as well as other props to include in the session. 


During the Session

Children are UNPREDICTABLE... so, it is my job to be ready for anything!  A lot of times parents get frustrated because sessions  don’t seem to be going perfect... but the wonderful thing is that those
small moments in between all the tantrums & chaos that are beautiful. 
People often ask me how I even managed to get one great photograph 
of their wild child! The answer is simple... I shoot like crazy and it’s my job to capture it all!  So… the only job I give you as the parents is to  relax & enjoy it! I will do all the hard work! I will give a lot of direction during the session so you will know exactly what to do. Children match your energy, so if you are having fun & showing them how much you love them they will show you the same in return. Sounds simple, right?
Well, once in a while there are children that for whatever reason, do  not want to be photographed, so....  
   One thing I will ask is to be able to photograph your child or children away from the parents so they will just focus on me and my lame jokes. It usually works! They most likely don’t know me & usually children are on their best behavior for others! This is very important in making your session run smoothly.


Bring MORE rather than less!  

If you're unsure if you should bring it, bring it.  Most people fill their trunks and we go through clothing, accessories and props before the session.  Sometimes there's time for clothing changes so bring a few different looks.  And always feel free to contact me with questions.  480-621-0138