During our session you can expect to not be rushed, I like to allow plenty of time to cuddle, feed, and frequent changes. I like to take my time and get to know my clients, establishing a new bond with your family. I often hug and cuddle to bring the family aspect into my studio and on-location experiences. I want everyone at ease, even those dads who hate picture day, I want them to leave loving their experience too. With families and children you can expect both posed shots and candid. My studio is your second home for memories and lots of smiles.
Please expect to take breaks! I do not shoot the entire session time, some of the time is used for planning, set up, communicating with clients and to tend to the needs of small children. Infants need to eat and get love periodically, toddlers have meltdowns or fits, young children get fidgety, ALL OF THIS IS OKAY, completely normal!! I will help you pick the best session type for your needs and family size and will have the patience to help you through picture day. To help with moments like these make sure you have plenty of food for infants, snacks for young children and items of interest for those not participating. We can never have enough options and you never know what is going to work and what won’t, so plan ahead.
For your newborn session bring lots of wipes, diapers, food (pumped if possible too) and possibly a pacifier. The studio is also kept rather warm during these sessions to ensure a sleepy baby, so plan accordingly. There is a restroom in the studio if you need to tidy up a bit to refresh yourself before your picture time. If parents and siblings plan to be in photos please come prepared for those shots first, and then siblings will be asked to leave with another adult for the duration of the newborn session. Please plan for this schedule.
Here are a few suggestions for what to wear & bring for your session…
– nude, in an outfit from my prop closet, or swaddle from my selection is best for baby – (I have a rather large prop selection, so you do not have to bring anything to your session, however you are more than welcome to bring precious items you want in your photos with baby)
– for mom, bring simple grey, denim, white and black, simple is best, avoid patterns and stripes. Please avoid any loud colors (neon’s)
– for dad, bring simple white and black, simple is best, avoid patterns and stripes. If dad plans to bare his chest, bring jeans that fit properly.
– siblings, bring simple matching color palette, baby will probably be nude, or swaddled for these shots. Neutral is always best.
Newborn photographs swaddle your baby’s very first essence and most precious days. That treasure is worthy for a lifetime.
One Year & Cake Smash
-2 outfit changes
-personalized banners and props (I have backdrops and sitting/standing/posing props)
-balloon bouquet, small only 3 solid colors preferred
-tutus or pettiskirts for girls
-personalized onesies or diaper covers for cake smash
-accessories, such as headbands, jewelry and hats
I provide the cake and clean up!
Families and Children
-accessories, hats, jewelry, scarfs, etc.
-avoid everyone wearing solid colors, unless its white shirts and jeans
-avoid matching outfits, see albums for examples of what other families have put together
-avoid clothing with prints and patterns including logos and harsh graphics
-color always makes your photos pop, so focus on a contrast color within your wardrobe choice
-props – if you have something special to your family like a banner, sign, heirloom, etc., bring it so we can personalize your images
-denim jeans, the ones you can leave unbuttoned
-basic tank tops, tight tops, tube tops, or anything that shows off your belly bump
-dresses, both flowy and tight
-any button down blouse or top
-bras and underwear of dark and light colors
-special items or handmade goodies
I have blocks, ribbons, scarfs, drapes, fabrics and signs available for you to use.