The session will be what you want to make it! We’ll shoot at any desired locations(i.e. urban settings, fields, your home, etc.) and bring a few changes of clothes, shoes and any special items you want in your session! You can bring as many outfits, shoes & accessories as you want and we’ll choose which ones to use for your session.
PLEASE NOTE THAT CAMERAS AND/OR ANY OTHER RECORDING DEVICES ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THE SESSION.
Wardrobe & Clothing Suggestions
It is my suggestion to coordinate outfits rather than to match outfits. Coordinating means to choose colors and textures that compliment each other to give added depth and variety to your images. I try to encourage layering of clothes: shirts, jackets, scarves, skirts over tights/pants, boots, etc.
While I’m not fan of matchy-matching outfits, I won’t hold it against you. I just prefer to have a variety of different clothing, yet have them coordinate with one another. If you have more than one child, please do not dress them like twins. As mentioned above, think coordinating, not matching. I want to portray each child individually and show their personalities. I also discourage large hair bows, big earrings, etc., as I want to make your child the focal point of the image.
Below are some examples of clothing I like to see in sessions – some of these clothing styles are pricey, but the images on their sites can give you inspiration to put your own budget-friendly wardrobe together! (Target is my favorite for doing this!):
Matilda Jane Clothing
Moms, I love the look of sundresses, sandals, hip jeans, boots or heels, and a nice blouse/top – just make sure to coordinate with the kiddos! I love to have plenty of color for my sessions as it provides more depth and contrast for the resulting images.
For Fall/Winter sessions, color families that work best are browns, muted oranges and reds(nothing too bright), tans, creams, plaids incorporating these colors, scarves, boots, winter hats, etc.
For Spring/Summer sessions, color families that work best are bright colors of yellow, orange, blue, green, plaids incorporating these colors, pair with sandals and cute headbands or little hairbows.
When preparing for your session, please note that I shoot early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Please take into account sleeping schedules when preparing for your session. For morning shoots, get a good night’s rest and try to wake up 1-2 hours prior to your session. This gives everyone a chance to fully wake up, reduces red eyes, and the puffiness in faces. For afternoon shoots, please make sure your child is rested and given time to fully wake up from a nap. Breakfast and light snacks makes for a happier session when not having to worry about hungry bellies.
What to Bring
Bring a light snack and/or something to drink, especially since kids seems to get thirsty when they have to take pictures. Also, if you want to incorporate something personal, like a blankie or child’s fave toy or something personal with lots of meaning, please feel free to bring it. If your child is prone to getting messy, you might consider bringing an extra outfit, just in case.
Most of all, bring a good attitude. Don’t get flustered over getting everyone ready – I know that’s easier said than done, but getting worked up leads to unhappy, uncooperative family members. (Trust me, I know this one personally as well.) Talk up the session like it’s a really fun thing to do, and even if you have to, bribery works too.
What to Expect
I tend to have fun at my sessions – I make crazy noises, talk about bodily functions, and sometimes poop. You know why? These always get the best, natural laughs out of kids. If you are not comfortable with that, just let me know and I’ll tone it down. I don’t like the fake, “say cheese” smiles that you see in many pictures – it’s not natural. I prefer to get them laughing and get some real smiles.
I also ask that you not use the phrase, “Say Cheese!” at the session because, well, it’s not a natural look. Also, please be prepared that your child may not be up for smiling and posing and if they aren’t, I try not to force them to because they will shut down altogether. Sometimes, I have to go with getting them to talk to me and shoot while laughing, playing, kicking dirt, talking about Mom and Dad. I may even ask the parents to leave or at least move to a location where the child/children cannot see them. This gives the child/children some time to warm up to me without wanting to run to their parents. We’ll play games, talk about their interests, or whatever your child likes to do.
These are just few tips to help you prepare for your session. I look forward to our session and please don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com or call me @ 573.724.9202 if you have any questions about your session!