After all these years photographing families, there's one thing I can tell you for certain, preparing for your session will give you the best results! Now, I know we can't control everything, but we can at least be ready for whatever your session throws our way! Whether it's having the right things on hand, or considering what time of day is going to work best. There are details we can sort to ensure your only concern that day is enjoying an adventure with your family!
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Brene Brown
First and foremost you want to select a location that suits you and feels right when you hang those beautiful new photos on your walls! Homebodies? Consider a cozy in-home session. Outdoors enthusiast? Let's get to those mountains or your favourite picnic spot! Farm girl? Maybe a field of hay bales! Love architecture and lines? Downtown might be the spot for you!
Consider the whole story when narrowing down your location. Dynamic geography to interact with and entertain the kids is always a great choice. Just as simplicity never disappoints. If you are more of a minimalist there is always something to be said for a simple brick wall or open field.
Wardrobe and location go hand in hand. So either use your wardrobe to help decide on the best location, or use your location to help with the best wardrobe. Flowy dresses love a breeze to create a romantic feel so an epic backdrop on a beach or in the mountains will help. Cozy fall knits look at home in the forest or amongst hay bales. Casual attire looks great on a rooftop parkade with city views or an old-school yard! The key is to consider how your location will add to the overall feel you want for your session.
Okay so now you're thinking, "Great how on earth am I finding this 'epic' location??" I got you! I always scout locations for my clients. I prefer to avoid overly manicured parks or hot spots where you'll have an audience. Unless of course that's the look we're going for. Once you've booked we'll discuss your vision for your shoot and I can suggest locations based on that info. Not sure what you want? No worries! I can help you narrow down options and get things rolling for you!
Layers, textures, patterns & accessories - Easiest way to set the vibe! Accessories I love to use include hats, headbands, jewelry, scarves, suspenders, jackets and vests. Adding a simple prop such as a blanket, guitar, flowers or a child's toy are another way to add texture. Patterns are essential! I encourage using at least one pattern, just try to avoid using multiple similar prints.
Wear what you feel good in- If you don't feel comfortable in your outfit it will show and distract you! Be true to your personal style!
Dress for the season & location- Dress appropriately for the season. Also consider the colours you'll be encountering so your outfit selections are complimented by your surroundings.
Dressing for in-home sessions- Consider the colours in your home; you'll want your wardrobe to suit the space. Neutrals with texture are always a great choice indoors.
Okay, so where do you start?
Here are my three go-to starting points for getting your wardrobe selection going:
1. Choose a colour palette- Pick 4-5 complementing colours, don't forget to consider the colours at your location.
2. Pick a print and pull from there- Use the colours in the print to find other clothing items in those colours.
3. Neutrals- Neutrals are a great choice if you like simplicity in your images. They are my fave for newborn sessions. Classic neutrals white, cream, black, grey.
I know this can be a daunting task, together we have got this! The effort you put into picking your outfits will pay off in the final product! Here is my collection of things to consider when selecting wardrobe for photo sessions.
Ready to book your session?
I would love to work with you! Click the book now button and let me know what type of session you're looking to book and the approximate date. I do recommend booking in advance for ideal dates. To secure your session I'll send you a quote that will guide you through paying your booking retainer (50%) and contract. The remainder of your balance will be due one week prior to your session date. Don't worry I send a reminder.
Now we get to have fun! 24-72 hours after you've confirmed your booking I will be in touch via email to book our session details phone call(text also works if you're really not a phone talker). Let the planning begin!
What happens after our session?
That session was everything!! I'm so excited! I must share a handful of sneak peeks with you via email/text or social media in the days after! I hand edit every single image I send you. My editing process isn't just slapping on a preset and firing a gallery off in an hour. Every edit is unique to every individual session. My average turn around for gallery delivery is 3-6 weeks. If you selected The Essentials Session you will first receive a proof gallery to choose your favourite images, the finals will be delivered 24-72hrs after they're selected.
Can I order prints?
Nothing brings me more joy than seeing your photos hung on your walls! I offer professional print options directly in your final gallery! Making the printing process super easy, leaving you no excuse to not print!! My session fee also includes print release on your final images, meaning you can take those files and print them anywhere you choose.
So how does the actual session work?
My goal is to tell your genuine story. My favourite images are always the candid real smile moments. You know, the ones that feel effortlessly unposed. These moments are often the product of gentle direction and subtle guidance. I'll ensure we utilize the best light available through out and take advantage of our surroundings. Creating a captivating gallery filled with your love story.
UGH! My kids are being crazy!!!
Can I tell you a secret?? So are mine!! LOL sorry I know that's not helpful! I want you to know that kids are kids. They feel the energy around them, especially from their parents. Getting organized for your session can feel stressful, allow yourself a deep breath when you arrive to your session and relax into your time being photographed. No need to force anything, let's enjoy our time together!
Can I ask you a favour?
I love that you want to show your new photos off to the world!! My best advertising is you, my amazing client! I appreciatively ask you tag me if you decide to share images on social media!