Family Session Guide

Expect lots of fun. Lots of laughs. Lots of hugs, kisses, and snuggles. Whether booking an indoor session or outdoors, I'm so excited for you to consider me to document this special time in your lives. I can guarantee you that having your family photographed in an authentic, lifestyle-like approach will help you hold on to these moments - your pregnancy, the baby years, the toddler years, whatever years you want me to document and freeze time for! I know how stressful having your family photographed can be, and I'm here to help make it a fun experience, but I'm committed to telling your family story as honest as I can, and how crazy it may seem!

HOW TO BOOK YOUR EXPERIENCE

Step 1

Inquire about my availability. Many times I'm booked months in advance, but contact me to see when my next openings are

Step 2

Book your date! Pay $175 retainer to hold your session date. This $175 does not count towards your Digital or Print Collection Package.

Step 3

Fill out the  questionnaire which tells me more about your family, and anything special to include in your session.

Once your date is on my calendar, your retainer paid, and the questionnaire is filled out, you'll hear from me about a week before your session to finalize the location and time. 

Planning Your Outfits

COLOR – Through color selection, create contrast between family members by choosing a a range of color shades for each person to wear, from light to medium to dark (not too dark). When a group is photographed close together, members should stand out from each other rather than all blend together. I’d avoid solid black shirts (bottoms are okay) and solid white tops if you have very fair skin (this may “wash out” your complexion). These colors are okay if they’re layered with other colors or if they’re part of a pattern/print. Avoid very bright tops (especially red & green) as they tend to cast/reflect the color onto faces. Muted versions of bright colors photograph much better. Also, think about your location when choosing your color scheme. If there’s a lot of greenery, I’d avoid wearing much of that color. If you’re familiar with the color wheel, choosing complimentary colors to wear with your location colors will help you “pop” nicely.

 

TEXTURE/MOVEMENT – Adding texture to your outfits creates interest and the easiest way to do this is by incorporating a variety of fabrics and adding a few accessories among members of your family. Too many accessories could be distracting, so be careful not to overdo it. “Less is more”, right? Layering clothing adds texture, too. Examples of texture: corduroy, pleats, ruffles, seer-sucker, knit sweater, crocheted pieces, denim, lace, cuffed sleeves, hair bows, headbands, jewelry, bow ties, neck ties, suspenders, beanies, hats, scarves, knee-high socks, boots, fur, satin, vests, etc. Movement creates a lot of interest, too. Since my sessions involve a lot of movement, wearing flowing dresses or skirts will pick up wind and move with you and create beautiful interest in your images.

 

PRINT/PATTERN – Patterns can add dimension, texture and interest. Avoid logos and text (I don’t edit those out). Only a few members of your family should wear patterns or busier prints to avoid an overall “busy” or clashing look. If you do mix a few different patterns between family members, scale them. Have one person wear a small print, another wears a medium sized print, another wears a large print. Examples of prints/patterns: plaid, polka-dot, gingham, stripes, color block, floral, checked, paisley. I suggest starting with Mom’s or daughter’s outfit first (whichever one has the most interesting print/pattern) and then build from it by pulling colors from that outfit and assigning them to the rest of your family members. Don’t worry about the colors being an exact match, as long as they’re close you’ll be fine!

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After Your Session

Once your session is over you'll receive your online proofing gallery about one week after your session. This soft proofing gallery is a light edit only, meaning your final edits will be done once you have chosen your Digital or Heirloom Collection. After you have chosen your edits, you can expect your final gallery to be delivered by 3-4 weeks after and allow up to 6 weeks for print products. You will be able to download all your digitals through your online gallery, you'll also be able to share your gallery with friends and family easily. You will have the option to order prints and products through me either in person or online, which is the only way I can guarantee 100% color accuracy.

 

I always love to post a sneak peek on social media (Facebook and instagram) within a couple days. So watch for that!

Thank you for allowing me to capture this special time in your families lives, it means SO much!