Thanks so much for allowing me the honor of creating beautiful portraits for your family. It is my hope that together we not only create gorgeous timeless images but have a really great time doing it!
My style is photo journalistic. I love capturing families, snuggling, playing, being goofy, and having the time of their lives. I will always get that one great "Look and smile" picture for grandma but the rest of the gallery will be filled with the story of your family.
All sessions will take place in the evening about 90 minutes before sunset. This will allow us to take full advantage of the glorious golden hour light.
Please take some time to read through the following information as you prepare for your upcoming session.
I can't wait to get to know you!
SETTING THE MOOD
I want your kids to know this session is all about them. We are there to have FUN. I go to great lengths to bring out your child's true smiles. No fart joke is too gross, no dance is too silly. I have worked with countless families and I know how to reach each personality type right where they are at.
Parents, you are my team mates in this adventure. Please do not threaten or yell at your children during our session. I promise you they cannot offend me.
Remember to smile and enjoy the moment! Even when you think the camera isn't pointed at you there are always in between moments I capture and it's so nice when mom and dad are smiling at their kids in the background.
A reward at the end of the session is a great incentive. What a better way to celebrate this years session then going out for hot coco or ice cream following our time together!
WHAT TO WEAR
THINK LAYERS AND TEXTURES:
Probably the biggest difference between sessions that look great and sessions that look WOW is all in the layers and textures.
Little boys: Look great in a button up with a blazer or vest, bow tie and suspenders. These add depth and dimension.
Little girls: Jumpers and dresses are some of my favorites! Add in a jean or knit vest, knee high socks and boots, or even a flower crown.
Stay away from neon colors, large gaudy bows and fluffy dresses, they look dated and tend to take away from your little one's gorgeous features. If you can use the word “bedazzle” to describe anyone’s outfit, it’s a no from me.
Dads: Instead of defaulting to a plain ole polo - look for fun colors, stripes, plaids. Texture photographs amazingly. ABSOLUTELY NO BASE BALL CAPS.
Moms: Wear a long dress! As much as you love seeing your little one’s all dressed up your kids LOVE seeing you looking fancy. Mommy wearing a dress is the cherry on top. Nothing goes quite as far in making your photos look awesome.
HEAD TO TOE
Head to toe. Remember to dress down to you and your family's feet! No scuffed Reeboks for boys, but fun shoes like Converse, "boat" shoes, or boots. Same for girls, no Dora crocs, but more traditional Mary Janes or boots work best!
WHAT NOT TO WEAR
Remember the Olan Mills look of everyone in khakis + white button down shirts? That isn’t the kind of matching I’d like you to do. Again, think coordinating without matching perfectly.
Dads . Again, no ball caps. Get creative!
Mom & Dad
During the shoot, if you are not in the picture, please let me just interact with your child, unless I ask for help! Many parents will stand behind me trying to get their babies' attention and all it does is distract baby from me!
I like to give the little ones a chance to just play with me, so it's okay if they aren't giving big smiles right off the bat. Trust me and trust the process.
Mom and dad, as you focus on your children, don’t forget about yourself! Keep your posture good as well as ensuring your chin doesn’t pull in. These allow for the most flattering images.
Something else to keep in mind is to be watchful of your own expression as you’re trying to get baby to smile. Remember you are in the photos as well!
Rest assured I’ll be watching all of you and will definitely let you know if I see something out of place or looking off.
A FEW ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS
If your little one brings along a "lovie" (stuffed animal, blanket, etc.) I’d love to use some time at the end to capture some memories with that special piece of their childhood!
It is my pleasure to be able to photograph your family and I look forward to the fun we will have! Thanks for taking the time to best prepare for your session, it will be amazing.
Here’s everything you need to know about the next steps to receive your gallery, social media teasers and order products!
SNEAK PEAK- With in 48 hours I will post a sneak peak from your session online at www.facebook.com/kerimessinaphotography. Feel free to tag yourself in the image or make your profile picture but please do not try and print these images. They are resized to fit Facebook requirements and are not printable quality.
ONLINE DOWNLOADABLE GALLERY- With in 21 days following your session you will receive your online gallery and downloading instructions. Please feel free to print these images! They are the full resolution images and are perfect for printing and sharing.
PRINTS AND PRODUCTS- Heirloom quality prints and products are available via your online gallery. Ordering is simple and easy. These will be shipped directly to your door.
Keri Messina Photography, www.kerimessinaphotography.com