WHAT TO EXPECT: YOUR FAMILY SESSION
I love photographing family connections and emotions. It is my hope that together we will create not only beautiful photos, but also awesome memories. Capturing families playing, snuggling, being goofy, and just loving on each other is my favorite! I will always do my best to get that one desired shot of everyone looking and smiling at me, but will for the most part, be giving piggyback rides to your kids, encouraging dads to show off their kid-flipping skills, having little ones give moms their BEST hugs EVER, and fun stuff like that.
When do you schedule family sessions?
All sessions are shot in the evening (1 -2 hours before sunset) for optimal lighting - the time frame of this will depend upon the season and the sun. We will discuss this more in detail if we haven’t already.
How should I prepare my kids?
Preparing your kids for our session as much as possible often takes the timidness out of the evening. Please make sure kids know that this is FUN! No threats, as they usually bring about tears and added stress. Don’t bother telling them to be sure to smile or “be good”. My goal isn’t to get a picture of your child “being good” or just “smiling” but having fun and interacting. Some kids who have been coached to smile for the photographer get so nervous that they are fighting laughing and relaxing because they are so worried about having their picture taken or making their parents happy! Instead, I’m a huge fan of bribery - (ice cream after!) is always a great idea for the ones who need a little extra encouragement.
What should we wear?
Think layers. Probably the biggest difference between sessions that look great and sessions that look wow: little boys in a t-shirt, with a button up over it, along with a blazer. Throw on a fun hat (bowler, fedora, stylish ball cap) and you're set! Little girls: same thing, leggings, fun skirt, tank with a sweater and a tasteful (not too big and overwhelming!) headband.
Coordinate. As you think about your color palette, imagine your family being one complete piece of artwork. Each person/outfit will bring together a feeling of formality and coordination. Instead of everyone wearing the same shade of blue - think about what accent colors might look nice with said blue. Perhaps blue plaid shorts for your son with a t-shirt, vest and hat. Pull some of the colors of his plaid shorts to find a great skirt or dress for your little girl. Dad can wear some jeans and a shirt that coordinates with the plaid shorts and skirt on your daughter, and finish it off with an awesome jacket and fedora. Mom will round the entire family out with some great boots, leggings and darling dress that (again) coordinates with the family color story.
How long is a family session?
Family sessions typically take 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
What if a member of our family is sick?
If someone in your family is sick, we reschedule! No biggie :) As a mom of three, I know sickness can happen anytime and I try to stay very accommodating.
When do I get to see the photos?
Your images will be ready to be viewed within 14 business days. I will upload them to a password protected online gallery where you will be able to share with family & friends and download at your convenience.
See the family gallery HERE!