What to Expect at Your Session
Each of my sessions is tailored to your family. Though I book out an entire hour, not all sessions will take the full time. It is my experience that younger children tire easily and we really get our best, most natural, happy photos in the first 20-30 minutes. However, it is also important not to rush a child so we take our time. It is best if we don't "direct" children during our session, but rather have fun and let them be at ease. Trust me, we will get the best photographs when your child(ren) don't feel pressured to perform!
Clothing--I recommend clothing that is most natural to you and your family. If you are a casual family, then jeans, khaki's, sun dresses, etc work out great. I also really advise to coordinate but don't match! What does that mean? Maybe your daughter wears a fun dress with a pattern, pull some colors from that dress and put dad and your son in jeans and a solid color top. For yourself? Maybe a solid casual dress and colorful scarf/necklace to pull everyone together. Timeless clothing, rather than super trendy is great. Remember these photographs may hang on your walls for years to come. We also want everyone to be comfortable and natural looking. If your children are never in suits and ties, then don't put them in suits and ties for their photographs...it will appear unnatural. Remember that lighter colors are best in the spring and summer months as where darker/warmer colors are best in the fall and winter. We can also discuss clothing to best meet the needs of your photography location when booking! I don't limit clothing changes during your session, just ask that you know your child's limits. Layers work out great for changing at outdoor locations.
Newborn sessions can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Every baby is different! When booking newborn sessions, we book out 3 full hours. If baby is fussy, or we need to stop and feed, etc. this all takes time. It is best to schedule your newborn session within the first week of birth, ideally the first 5 days! Babies tend to hit a growth spurt right at about 2 weeks and will be noticeably more alert. We really want a sleepy baby and will do what we need to get him/her there. I prefer to photograph newborns in their bare skin, so clothing isn't necessary to bring along. If you have any specific props you want in photographs, bring them (we will discuss your interests/hobbies when booking!). If you are nursing, great, if not, bring plenty of formula to your session. I do love to photograph newborns in their own environment, nurseries are super fun. It is best if you plan to wear a solid color shirt, incase we need you to hold baby, a pattern won't be distracting. If planning to have family members in the photographs I also recommend solid clothing. If we are photographing a young sibling with your newborn, it is best to coordinate for someone to pick up your older child mid-session so they aren't impatient during the remainder of the newborn session. If photographing in your own home, a warm environment is best for happy baby. We can discuss all of this in depth upon booking.
Pets are family too! Bring them along to your family session. Or schedule their own unique session. Pet sessions are 15-20 minutes in length, $100 and include 10-15 digital images and copyright release.
Photographs are taken in studio. Your session will be approximately 10-15 minutes in length and include one outfit change. Sessions are $150 and include 3 digital releases in color AND black and white, with full copyright release for your business needs.