Choosing a location. Like I said above, I'm all about connection and pretty light in portraits. While a gorgeous background is nice, I want the focus to be on you and your family. We don't need to drive far away...literally all I need is in my backyard! I have several spots with great light and lots of room to run and play. I also have a couple of other go-to locations within 20 minutes of Henderson that offer great spaces. I am willing to travel to your location, but I'll probably check it out on Google maps first to make sure we can find a great spot!
Time of day. Golden hour is awesome - it's that last hour of golden, yummy light right before sunset. In the summer, I prefer around 7:30 p.m. (unless that's too close to your kids' bedtimes) and in the fall, usually around 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. depending on the time change.
Length of session. It usually lasts right around 45 minutes to an hour. That might seem short when compared to some other photographers, but for me, it's just right. Kids have a super short attention span and often lose interest around the 30 minute mark - pushing them much past that just results in crabby parents, kids, everyone :) But don't worry - I take tons of photos which results in plenty for you to choose from (usually around 35 or more).
What we will do. We'll start out with some very posed photos - I'll tell you exactly where to sit or stand and we'll do the whole "look at me and say cheese!!" thing. Then, I'll start giving you prompts and we may play a few little games. It might sound awkward and strange, but trust me - the more you get into it, the better your photos will turn out! So be awkward and laugh and play. And always try to have a smile on your face :) Next, I'll do individual portraits of the kids. Then, it's the parents' turn to have a few photos of them as a couple - so many haven't had professional couples photos since their wedding! (This is also when the prompts might get a little more personal - just laugh and smile and go with it!). Finally, if we still have a little time left, I'll let the kids run and explore a bit and capture them being kids. And that's it! Super easy and stress free and we're done before you even realize that you were having fun.