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Family Prep Guide


So you booked your session. Now what? 
Via e-mail we will discuss location selection, wardrobe selection, and answer any questions you  have. 
I am excited to capture you and your loved ones. Custom photography is unique because it not only  captures what you look like at a certain point in time, it captures who you are. I aim to capture  honest photos of your family and children. The goal is not to get a stiff and posed shot with  everyone looking at the camera, but to capture the true essence of your family. I take a  documentary approach to photography and use my understanding of my equipment and natural  light to create images that will become works of art that you can hang in your home and pass down  for generations. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session with me. 

Location:​ Together, we will decide on the best location for your photos. We can shoot in your home  as long as your home has adequate natural light. Many clients prefer their home because of the  intimate and personal feel it provides. I have many locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am  always open to new locations as well. You should choose a location that fits your style and  personality. I can help you along with this decision. 
Time:​ If we are shooting in your home, I prefer late morning, because that is when homes are  usually lit up the best. If we are shooting outdoors we will shoot either in the morning or in the  evening. The light is typically too harsh mid day. If your children are up for it, shooting one to two  hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere.  The images in my portfolio look the  way they do largely because of my use of light and the time of day your session takes place has a  huge impact.  Many families tell me that they simply have the kids take a late nap or have some  down time prior to their evening session.  

Length Of Session: ​The good news is, I am super fast!  My family portrait sessions rarely last more  than an hour.  Don't worry, I can easily get a diverse and adequate gallery in that time.  

What To Wear:​ Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend  matching but rather coordinating. See my ​PINTEREST ​board for some what to wear guides that can  give you an idea of what I am talking about.  I am happy to consult you directly on wardrobe or  recommend a personal stylist if you are interested.  Just let me know.  
Props:​ I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me  know.      
Your Children:​ Remember that children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best  if we just give the 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 the child or toddler was 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 go from there.  
To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has 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. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session.  
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.  
Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time:​ Remember, your session is scheduled  according to light.  It is important that we start on time.  Please plan for traffic or parking constraints.  It's best to arrive early.  

I can't wait to capture your family!  

Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have.  See you soon!