What SHOULD WE EXPECT DURING OUR SESSION?
Expect to have fun, laugh, play...you get the idea. My approach to photography is lifestyle - which is a hybrid between documentary and more classic portraiture. For the majority of our session, you'll be interacting with your family so we can get more authentic and less "posey" shots. My goal is take pictures that look natural and "candid" with a strong sense of connection. And don't worry if you feel a little uncomfortable having your photo taken (I know I do!) or that your children don't like to sit still. I'll provide lots of direction and guidance to help your family feel as natural as possible in front of the camera.
Where will YOU take the photos?
You can choose between an outdoor spot or an in-home session. I have lots of ideas of amazing outdoor locations so we can discuss the place that best suits your family. For outdoor sessions I usually recommend the 1 to 1.5 hours before sunset when the light has beautiful (and almost magical) qualities. Many photos you see on my website were taken at this time. But I know that time doesn't always work for all families - so we can always find other times that work and choose a location that is best suited for that time of day.
What if the weather is bad on the day of our outdoor session?
If the weather forecast is questionable, I will review the weather report and usually make a call 4 hours or so before the session whether to proceed. No worries though if it's not a sunny day - cloudy days can actually make for great pictures! If the weather isn't cooperating, we will reschedule to a mutually agreeable future date.
What Should we wear ?
Clothing is a personal choice but here are some tips. Neutrals tend to look nice in photos but soft pops of colour can also work wonderfully (if colour is your thing). For example, for a fall session an idea would be to have the main colours be neutrals like tan, off white, navy, grey and then add a richer accent colour or two like emerald green or deep yellow/gold. A pattern or two can look nice (particularly for kids or a woman’s dress) but you want to avoid everyone wearing a pattern. A good tip is to try to coordinate your family's outfits, without being too "matchy matchy". (e.g. Good: everyone wears whites/blue/creams/grey/tan and not-so-great: everyone wears jeans and a black shirt). If it is chilly, it’s better to layer with sweaters, scarves, etc. as opposed to bulky jackets. For some inspiration, you can take a look at my Pinterest Clothing Inspiration Boards: family (pins to the top of the board are more "fall" focused as opposed to bottom of post which is more summer) or maternity.
How does your pricing work?
All prices can be found here. To secure your session, a deposit of $150 is required. In addition, you can purchase printed products from me or print at your own preferred photo lab.