Your Session

what to wear
The key is to be comfortable and to stay simple. I personally love deep dark colors, but this varies by the moment the photo is taken. Avoid logos and centered patters, as they distract. Go for the texture, or go bare.. especially bare feet! Newborns are included in this bare concept, as their "birthday suit" or a simple covered diaper work best (baby butts make cute pictures; please understand that I am referring to this and their cute wrinkles when I say birthday suits!!). While you don't have to match perfectly -and sometimes it's better not to, do keep in mind what the other people in the session will be wearing. Stay in the same color scheme and wear what is flattering.  If you have any questions, ask away...

what to bring
Accessories like textured hats, balloons, cake, favorite toys, or booties are always great and can serve as either a distraction or fantastic prop.  Have a special blanket that you want to use? Bring it! If you have kiddos, bribery objects (sad truth here but it works!) help get them motivated to cooperate. If small children or babies will be present, favorite toys can be used to help them to look in the camera's direction, as well as make them giggly. Anything else that is special to you and that you would like to be included is always welcome. Please let me know if you are going to be bringing a pet prior to the shoot.

what to expect
I believe that everyone, regardless of their age, photographs best in their natural element. With this in mind, most shots won't be posed. The favorite pictures are often from a shot taken while you didn't realize it was being done. It's important for me that you (and your family) are comfortable, so we may spend some time talking before the session to break the ice. After that, it's all about the moment being captured. Play, laughter, and relaxation are key factors to great photos. I may have a few simple suggestions here and there, but it won't be anything intense or forced. With this in mind, your child will often be the deciding factor for when the session is over. When they are done, they're done!

considerations about appointments
As a natural light photographer, I rely on the beauty of natural sun light to complete the picture. Early morning (before 11 am) and sunset are the best times to avoid harsh lighting or excessive shadows. Remember to keep in mind nap and meal time for your children.

For newborns, please schedule during the first 3 weeks after birth. This is best because they are more sleepy and still so itsy-bitsy.

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