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Before the session

First things first…

Let’s talk for a moment about our session. My goal is to create an authentic experience for you full of emotion and fun. My goal IS NOT to recreate someone else’s session or a Pinterest board. I often work with families and young children and while I as a mother understand the goal of having nice family photos of everyone smiling perfectly at the camera, with little ones nothing is ever guaranteed. My goal is to deliver a session that is full of emotion and interaction and love. I want you to look back at these photos years from now and remember your children as they are in all of their glory in this moment. I have created some tips and I hope they help you prepare for our upcoming session…


Maternity Preparation

Book your session to be held around 32-37 weeks of your pregnancy.

Choose 1-2 gowns or outfits. Please no flip flops as they do not photograph well. Closed toe shoes, boots, going barefoot, or neutral colored sandals are preferred and photograph the best. You may consider gown rental and here are some sites:

Mama Bump Rentals

Mine for Nine

Borrow for Your Bump

Please wear your hair to your liking. I prefer hair down either straight or curly.


Makeup:

Please keep makeup as simple as possible. Dark/heavy makeup do not mix well for outdoor portraits as you will be moving around and will probably sweat a little.

Please bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.

I include immediate family (if you have other children) and the father in the beginning of your session so please plan your outfit accordingly.  Towards the end, I will ask you to change and do some formal shots with the father and then the formals of yourself.



Children’s Sessions

Trust me, I know how kids can be. I have four myself. Check for any boogers.  I know it’s gross yes, but editing out boogers is no fun either.

Please think of shoes , preferably, white, silver, gold, black or neutrals as they can go with anything.

Makeup, I do not recommended makeup on any child as I like them to be children.

I want your child to have a fun experience.

Please bring some water and snacks so that we can take breaks throughout the session and your child can take a few moments for themselves.



Family Sessions

Attention to detail is everything, including socks! Especially for men, we can see your socks in certain posing placements. Also, please keep phones out of pockets and hair bands off of wrists.  I will also do a quick check before we start our session.

Wear neutral colors, pastels or jeweled tones. Prints are okay, but nothing too loud.

Textures film well. So if you have silks, chiffons, feathers, tulle, these are great choices to wear on camera!

Wardrobe selection,  as well as light, are the two most important roles in your photographs.  Believe it or not, location plays the third role, not first. Please trust me on locations that I provide.

FYI, You will probably think I am showing up like a bum to your session. I normally wear leggings, sneakers and a t-shirt. You will see me mostly rolling around in  the grass, dirt and sand all while trying to get your stoic toddler to throw me a smile . I take this job very seriously for my clients! Please don’t judge me.

All sessions will take place about an hour to an hour and a half prior to sunset or sunrise. On particular beaches, we may start about a half hour prior to sunset and work with the light when it has set. No exceptions. I am very strict when I shoot because I like to provide my clients with the best!

I rarely double book days.  I only do one session per day, which is why it is very important to pay your retainer and lock in the date you want. Weekend dates book up quickly, even weekdays.

In the case of inclement weather, we will reschedule and if we are unable to reschedule, please remember - you’re retainer is non refundable.