Just as every family is different, I'd say all sessions are different; which I love. I usually don't come to a photo session with too much of a structured plan; the session tends to move in direction far better than I can predict. I like to go with the flow. Keep the kids at ease and not put too much pressure on them. When they feel at ease is when the magic happens. We have many options when photographing. We can shoot at a nearby park at sunset. We can shoot downtown in the evening when it's quiet. We can shoot in your living room or in your own backyard. We can visit a cupcake shop. There are so many options when it comes to a session location. Where do you feel most comfortable telling your family's story?
I prefer, and love, to photograph you and your family where everyone is most comfortable. I often get requests for candid shots, and it's when you feel at ease I can photograph the real connection in the family. I love when I can just observe for a while and photograph while you interact. We might throw a blanket down on the grass and get comfy. We may have to rearrange your living room to get the best light in your home; just be aware that I might climb on your couch to get the best shot. There is no such thing as a typical photo session. I am up for anything.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A SESSION? Sessions are primarily on-location and focus on interactions and expressions. The main goal is to capture unique and meaningful moments for every family. Sessions are casual and children are free to explore, play, and just be themselves. I want you to walk away from a session feeling like you weren't stressed out trying to get everyone to smile. I want you to enjoy each other and have fun. I strive to take images that aren't EXACTLY like everyone else's. From laughter to serious expressions, I aim to create images that will bring you memories for many years to come.
I HAVE A COUPLE IDEAS I'D LIKE TO USE FOR MY SESSION... I love when we can collaborate and come up with some unique images together! If you have some ideas you'd like me to try with your family, please feel free to share with me!
SUGGESTIONS FOR WHAT TO WEAR FOR OUR SESSION? Whatever you are comfortable in! If you are a jeans and T-shirt kind of family, wear that. Layers are great. Have a favorite sports team, represent it! Try to keep it classic and not extremely trendy. Clothing choices should be fun and vibrant but most importantly, they should reflect you! For families, it is best to coordinate clothing without matching each other exactly. Different textures, layers and colors photograph best. Another fun tip is to use color choices that match your home's decor, as this is where you will be hanging your printed images.
WHAT SHOULD WE BRING? (IF ON LOCATION) Bring anything that your children love. If a lovey or Sophie makes your little one feel a bit less shy, bring it along. My daughter cherishes her "Friend" and I love capturing her with it because I know this phase of her life will not last forever. If your boy is into pirates and swords, bring those as well. The more we can make your photographs personal to you, the more they will mean to you and hold special memories of the time you are spending together now. It's not about looking like the perfect family; it's about being perfectly imperfect... lovey and all.
MY CHILD DOESN'T REALLY LIKE GETTING PICTURES TAKEN No worries; I have two children of my own and they don't always like a camera in their face either. I take my time when necessary to find out what they like and if we have to talk about stinky feet or sing a silly song to loosen them up, then that's what we do! Please read this well-written article about Toddlers and Photography for more helpful tips for prepping children for a session :)
HOW LONG UNTIL MY IMAGES ARE READY? Within 2 to 4 weeks, depending on season, you can expect your edited digital files in your password-protected online PASS gallery. I will choose the images that I feel tell a story. These high resolution images can be downloaded, shared and printed directly from your password-protected gallery. This gallery replaces the need for CDs because the gallery provides cloud storage for 10 years with unlimited access. I will usually post a sneak peek to Facebook (unless requested otherwise) within a few days. I usually post extra images on Instagram as well.
Please read this well-written article about Toddlers and Photography for more helpful tips for prepping children for a session :)
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