Everything you need to know about your session:
First and most importantly, thank you! From the bottom of my heart. Thank you for using my small business and thank you for giving me the best gift in the world.
Second, this is going to be fun! Of all of the kind reviews my clients have written, my favorite ones are the ones that refer to me as part of their family. That is totally how I see it. I love stepping in and getting to share some of the best moments of people's lives and capturing images of those moments. Come prepared for a good time!
Via email, we'll be discussing the specifics of your session (location, timing, and anything special for your session). Your contract, invoice for session fee, and questionnaire will be sent directly to your email. Your paid deposit will secure your date. If you receive a questionnaire, please take a few minutes to give it some thought. It is my favorite part of this whole process. I have been known to sit in my car before a session rereading my clients' questionnaire and laughing until I cry or just plain tearing up from the pure sweetness of it.
There are so many options that I’m sure this choice can seem overwhelming. Your house is the first option and it is always a stellar choice as long as there is adequate natural light.
On-location sessions are available during morning and late afternoon/evening. For outdoor portraits, midday needs to be avoided at all costs. A few of my favorite locations are:
The Town of Mt. Laurel
Heardmont Park (Near Oak Mountain Elementary)
Oak Mountain State Park - (entry fee required)
Leeds Memorial Park
Veteran's Park (Valleydale Road near Spain Park High School)
Old Town Helena
Aldridge Gardens (Please note there is additional fee for this location)
Morris Avenue, Historic District
Railroad Park, Downtown Birmingham
When you’ve decided on your perfect location, please let me know and I’ll get you the final details a few days before the session.
What to Wear
This is often most clients least favorite part of the session. I get it. For family sessions, trying to cram all of your kids into clothes they don’t want to wear is zero fun. So here's a really simple trick for all sessions: Just avoid large logos, fluorescent colors, and matching outfits. That’s it! Steer clear of those few things and you should be perfect.
As for what TO do: Well, it will largely depend on personal preferences but here’s a few tips to keep in mind when picking out your outfits:
Keep comfort first. Comfort allows for play and play allows for great images.
Choose your palette second. Think in terms of tones: earth tones, blue tones, neutrals etc.
Fit your style to your location. Choose complimentary colors (and style) to your location when choosing your outfits.
Think timeless. This is my favorite piece of advice. Timeless clothes allow your photographs to “age” better. Think of family portraits from the 80’s if you need help on what not to wear.
Keep clothing simple. Use muted colors and minimize busy patterns. Neutral and natural are my favorite combo! If your family is a bit more colorful than mine, just pick a color palette with 3 or 4 colors and then incorporate the colors throughout the outfits in varying patterns, solids, and layers.
Don’t forget about the shoes! Unless we’re at your house or the beach, then please do forget the shoes. If we are on-location just remember shoes are part of the outfit.
Dress babies as babies. Collared shirts and ties tend to look uncomfortable on anyone under 6 months.
I am happy to look at any photos of what you’re thinking for outfits if you need some extra guidance!
For the Kiddos (Family Sessions)
This part is the most important part of prep because we all know kids can make or break your session. To get the most out of your session, make sure your little one has rested and you have packed their favorite (dry, non-messy) snacks and water. No candy please! Blue tongues don’t photograph all that well. Don’t worry about bribing your children either. Just let me take the wheel and I promise to get beautiful smiles and authentic images. Some *ok, all* kids aren’t very excited to stand still and pose for the camera. It is best if we just let kids be kids and have fun. Dancing, running, playing, tickling, and singing are all great ways to capture fun images.
IMPORTANT Tips for Session Day
Last minute tips for things that are often forgotten and difficult to edit:
Brush & floss before your session! Come with your best smile ready to show! :)
Iron out any major wrinkles (i.e. new dress shirts, pants, etc.)
Moisturize any dry skin! Apply hand moisturizer to avoid any dry hands/cuticles or facial moisturizer
Apply lip balm to avoid dry lips
After Your Session
Within 2 weeks (usually less) of your session, you will receive a link to your online gallery. If you are interested in having me present your gallery and guide you on your image and product selections, please just let me know. I would love to help you through the process. If you choose an online gallery, it will be live for two weeks in which you can decide which images and products to choose. Your session fee includes both full-sized high resolution digital images as well as social-sized images for sharing with a print release.
Reserve your date with the deposit. Next is the questionnaire (if applicable). This helps me get to know you! Feel free to reach out at any point in the process if you need any help or have any questions. I will email a few days or the day before your session to confirm the date, time and location.
I can't wait to meet you!