|Your photo shoot will be as unique as your family, but one thing I want all my shoots to be is fun! Generally we begin the session with a few traditional posed shots with the group and individuals. Next, the fun begins… I will gently direct you and your children with games and “active posing,” so that I can begin capturing those spontaneous expressions and natural interactions. You will be surprised to find how relaxed and fun your session will be, and as long as everyone is having fun I will keep shooting.
Since your photo shoot is not likely to be the portrait torture sessions you may recall from past studio experiences, please be sure to keep the mood before and during the session light and fun. The morning of your photo shoot is not the time for harsh scolding or threats to smile at the camera “or else.”
If you’re running five minutes late, or if your little one’s cowlick just will not stay smoothed, or if the baby won’t stop crying… take a deep breath and relax. We do not need perfection in order to get perfect photos! If you’re stressed out, you will only distress your family and ruin the joy and spontaneity I am trying to capture. So please, the morning of your shoot and on the way to the location, act silly, joke around, and above all, be happy and excited about your photo shoot.
Best time to schedule a
For indoor natural light portraits, early morning to mid-afternoon is best.
Finally, let’s choose a time of day when the youngsters in the family are at their peak and will be well rested and fed beforehand.
Length of Session
I shoot using both natural and studio lighting. My preference is to use natural light (e.g., window light), but my studio lighting and backdrops are completely portable and will set up in almost any room in your home.
What to Wear
General Clothing Tips
Jewelry should be minimal. Avoid wearing watches. When photographing more than one person please consider their outfits as a whole, including hosiery and shoes, and keep colors uniform.
What should I have on hand
for the shoot?
If you plan to be photographed in more than one outfit, bring the alternate outfit(s) for everyone in the portrait as well as appropriate shoes and hosiery.
If you have a baby or toddler, bring along whatever you need to keep your child clean and happy: diapers, wipes, snacks, etc. Please also bring a favorite toy that makes noise, as I may need to use it as an attention-getting tool.
For kids of all ages, feel free to bring a favorite doll, toy, blanket, musical instrument or other hobby item, etc. that you may wish to include in the portrait.