What to wear?
Coordinate but don't match. Pick one piece of clothing and tie everything else in with those colors to make a color pallet.
PLAN IN ADVANCE: The more time you allow yourself to decide what you would like everyone to wear, the more calm you will feel. Waiting until two nights before your shoot is bound to make you feel panicked. What if something you choose doesn’t fit, you can’t find the right shoes or your five year old refuses your chosen outfit? Just give yourself time. Additionally: options never hurt.
KEEP YOUR LOCATION IN MIND: Are you going to be on the beach? Surrounded by beautiful foliage? Sometimes you can choose what you are wearing to accent the locale. Fall colors – deep reds, oranges and greens look lovely this time of year, while a softer palette accents the coast.
AVOID BEING TOO SEASONAL: Since you ultimately want your pictures to be up all year long, you likely want to avoid being too seasonal, so you may want to skip Santa hats, reindeer ears or Halloween costumes – even if you are taking specific holiday pictures.
CONSIDER YOUR HOME DECOR: Matching your clothing to your home decor? I know it may sound silly, but this is more about matching your personal style. As you will likely want your pictures to be on display for a very long time, consider if you are normally drawn to bold colors or neutral ones. This will allow your photographs to blend seamlessly with your home permanently.
COMFORT MATTERS: We have all seen – kids especially – styled in hats, boots, tutus, and jackets. And they look ADORABLE. But if those kids aren’t comfortable, you are in for one miserable photo shoot. Make sure to keep everyone’s comfort level in mind. A tutu may SOUND like a great idea, but if you choose a blustery November day, your girl may be freezing, so have a backup plan in mind.
JUST SAY NO TO CHARACTERS: I know your sweet girl loves her Frozen Dress and crown, but as this is a more formal photo and one you want to put on display, it is best to keep characters out of the picture. If this might be a fight, you can always bring the crown and much like my family ALWAYS does at least one crazy/silly/funny face photo, make the Princess photo one of the last ones you do.
Tips for a great shoot!
You’ll have so much more fun and be more comfortable if you are dressed and styled in a way that reflects you and your family.
The day of your shoot, try to take a deep breath, as a Mom I totally understand how stressful it can be to get everyone dressed and ready, but I promise it will all work out, and you all will look amazing. So make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get ready, so you do not feel rushed, or stressed.
Let me make them smile
Have fun, never ask your children to smile, let me make them laugh so I can get real genuine smiles, and not forced fake smiles. Be prepared to be silly if needed, but I prefer to make them smile myself so they will be looking at the camera.
What to expect: Newborns
Newborn sessions can take 2-3 hours to accommodate feeding times, set changes, and mess clean ups. I keep my in home studio space nice and warm to keep your baby nice and comfortable, so make sure to wear light clothing to keep you comfortable.
What to wear:
I photograph all newborns nude or in one of my many props and accessories. All the hats, knitted goodies, headbands, props and backdrops you see on my website are all available for you to use for your session. If you are interested in being in a portrait with your newborn you will want to bring an earth toned neutral top for you and your
spouse. Even if dad does not want his face in the images, I highly recommend him bring a white or cream shirt for images of the baby in daddy’s hands.
What to bring:
Make sure to bring a change of clothing in case your baby has a mess on you. You will also want to bring plenty of extra diapers and wipes. I recommend bringing pumped milk or formula for me to bottle feed during the session. This allows the baby to eat faster, and more at one sitting so they will sleep sounder, and allow for more setups, in a quicker time frame. This is only a suggestion if they are already taking a bottle because I 100% support breastfeeding.