WHAT TO WEAR
For all sessions, it is critical to be organized and plan outfits, etc. far in advance. Many people are lost when it comes to coordinating (not matching) outfits for family pictures. Here are a few wonderful resources to reference when thinking about outfits...
It is also a great idea to incorporate accessories and layers into outfits. They add interest and tie outfits together with other family members.
Always feel free to send me pictures of outfits or ask questions prior to purchasing outfits. :-)
WHAT TO BRING
Particularly for family sessions with little ones, it is always important to plan for the worst and hope for the best! I always encourage families to bring whatever makes their children happy. Plus, I always bring along a large supply of snacks and toys. I am not above bribery to get a smile!
You may also consider bringing your child's favorite thing at the time of pictures. For example, if your little one has a favorite teddy bear or train, it's nice to incorporate them into the photos.
Please call to schedule as soon as you know baby's due date to ensure that you get the date (or roundabout time) that you need.
For newborn sessions, timing is key! Sessions should be scheduled when baby is between 5 - 10 days old. Also, plan to have the session when baby is sleepiest and has a full tummy. Please plan to feed baby upon arrival for the session. This will allow time for baby to be changed and cuddled before we begin! You should also plan to keep baby awake for a couple of hours prior to the session to encourage a deeper sleep. Bathing beforehand is also a good way to relax your baby. Also, keep in mind that the area that photos will be taken will be very warm, so it is a good idea to dress in layers to stay comfortable. (For in-home sessions, you may want to raise the thermostat to a pretty warm temperature until after the session.)
When you arrive, please have baby in minimal clothing. You will not need to provide outfits; I have lots of accessories and props to choose from! If you'd like, you can bring special items that you'd like to incorporate into the photos as well.
For in-home sessions, lighting is key. Before the session, look around your home to identify the area with the most amount of natural, window light. It is preferable to have hard wood in that area. If that is not the case, please let me know before the session.
If you plan to be in the photos with baby, please consider your wardrobe choice as well. It is best to stick with neutral, soft-colored solids with no logos or wording on the shirt. Also, take into account the look of your home décor and how it will all tie together. I am always available to discuss styling ahead of time if you'd like.
Because the session is so long (3-4 hours), it is important to pay attention to baby's cues. It is always fine to take a break to feed, change, or simply cuddle your new bundle of joy!
Senior sessions should reflect your personality! Choose outfits/props that show who you are at this very special milestone in life. Plan to bring a variety of outfits (casual, dressy, etc.) and be sure to accessorize. You may also want to bring items that demonstrate your activities or things you are involved in. A jersey, a ball, or any other prop would be great! As always, I am available to consult on wardrobe before your session. :-)
When planning for your maternity session, be sure to consider outfits that will highlight that beautiful, growing bump! Avoid loose-fitting clothing, but plan to wear something that you are comfortable in. It is always good to accessorize as well. We can consult prior to your session to ensure that your style is reflected in your pictures.