Thank you for booking a session with me! I’m so excited to meet your family and make some beautiful memories together! Read on for information on how to make your family’s session amazing.
Does my house need to be perfect?
NO!!! I photograph families how they are, not some fake version of them. However, since I do photograph families in their homes, if there are things you don’t want seen in photographs, please put it away. I will assume anything left out is okay to be seen :) I do recommend giving your house a quick clean before I arrive. Any clutter should be put away, but still try to keep your house feeling like you. I typically photograph in the master bedroom, the living room, and the kids’ rooms or nursery so if you want to tidy, focus on those areas.
What should we wear?
The most important thing is that you’re comfortable and you feel like you. If you’re not sure where to start, I recommend starting with Mom’s outfit and working around that. Long flowy dresses or cardigans, jumpsuits, or leggings with a slouchy sweater are all fun and comfortable. Keep kids comfortable in clothes that they’re used to wearing. I recommend bare feet for all at home sessions.
What will happen at my shoot?
Shoots typically last between 1-2 hours. The first thing I do is look around for the best light. We’ll do a quick tour of your home. Please don’t apologize for any mess. I have kids. I get it!! Once we determine the best rooms to shoot in, we’ll get started. I always give kids time to warm up to me and I take their lead. If they’re energetic, then we’re going to start with action shots. If they’re shy, then we’ll start with snuggly shots on the master bed. My goal is to capture your family just how you are, so while I will direct you some, I’m not going to pose you. I may ask you to fly a child on your feet if that’s something they like doing, but I’m not going to ask you to perfectly sit and smile at the camera. I want your images to make you feel and we’re only going to achieve that by you being yourself.
I loved my session but now what?
First thing I want you to do is to print your photos! Images are meant to be displayed, not kept on your computer. I always recommend Mpix.com for prints. Next, if you feel inclined, I would LOVE it if you could leave a review either on Facebook or Google. If you post to Facebook or Instagram, please, please, please tag my business. That really helps my small business continue to grow. Word of mouth referrals are the best compliment I could ever receive, so if you have friends or family searching for a photographer, I would love it if you could tell them about your experience with me. Lastly, keep in touch! I love, love, love to see my families grow!
About those newborns…
I will photograph newborns at any time during the first month. I can never guarantee that they will sleep but if you want sleepy images the best things you can do is make sure the room is warm, and book your session for the first two weeks of life. I will bring a few Honest Company diapers (they’re cuter than most diapers), a white kimono style shirt, a plain onesie and some wraps. You may have all of this and if you do, we’ll use your stuff, but it’s always nice to have back up. I treat newborn sessions much the same as family sessions. The whole family will be included. Everyone in a family has a new role to play when a new baby arrives, and all those new roles should be celebrated!
Thank you for choosing me as your photographer
None of this would be possible without you. I can’t wait to celebrate your beautiful life!