So you booked your session. Now what?
Via e-mail we will discuss all the details, talk about wardrobe selection and how to prepare for you session. I'm happy to 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: Newborn sessions are shot in your home. We'll primarily use the nursery, master bedroom, and main living space but if there is a special area or the light in a certain room is just too good to pass up we may move around the house. I'll look around when I get there to get a good feel for your space.
Time: I prefer late morning for newborn photos. The babies tend to be little calmer and often this is when homes are usually lit up the best. Expect me around 9:30/ 10:00 am
Length Of Session: Sessions can last anywhere between an 2 to 2 1/2 hours (sometimes longer if we need it) depending on how fast we get through things. I leave plenty of extra time for needed feedings, breaks and anything else that may come up with a newborn. I try to move quickly so any other little kiddos in the house don't loose interest while being sure to get a wide range of images for your gallery.
What To Wear: Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I tend to lean toward nurtural colors on mom and dad so the main focus can stay on the baby. Have the baby in a plain white fitted onesie and have a few of your favorite wraps available. I do not recommend a full outfit for the baby. Better to keep it simple.
See my PINTEREST board for some ideas
Props: I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something special in mind please let me know. I prefer to have the babies in their natural state. Not overly posed or dressed so that nothing can take away from your beautiful little one.
Children: I love bringing siblings into the pictures. You are a family after all and this is your story. Toddlers can be challenging and children in general are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It's best if we just give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural self. The will explore but always want to be a part of the action. 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. It's better to stay calm and let the children come to you. Don't force anything.
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.
It's a good idea to 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.
How do I get Ready?: I do my best to start my sessions on time. Be sure to be ready before I arrive. It's a good idea for mom to get up a little bit early and get herself ready then have everyone else goin in. Have your clothes picked out before hand and keep it simple. The family doesn't need a million outfits. Just one.
Prepare the house the night before. Clear any clutter you may not want in pictures including what may be on nightstands, floors, coffee tables etc. The more streamline your house looks the better. The more clutter in an image the more it may take away from our main focus, your baby and your family.
Feed the baby before I get there is you can. That way they have a full tummy and are usually pretty happy and ready for their big day.
I can't wait to capture your family! Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have. See you soon!
How long after my photoshoot will my photos be ready?
Generally I work pretty fast and get images edited and out to you within 2 weeks. Sometimes faster.