The Family Experience

Welcome!  So you booked your family session.  Now what?  Via e-mail we will discuss location selection, wardrobe selection, and I'll answer any questions you have.  Below you will find all the info you need to prepare for your family session.  My hope is that you will be as prepared as you can for your session. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to shoot me an email.  I am SO excited to photograph you and your loved ones! 

Lifestyle photography is unique because it not only captures what you look like at a certain point in time, it captures who you are. My goal is to have fun and capture authentic photos of your family and children. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session with me.

Location: Together, we will decide on the best location for your photos. I have many outdoor locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new locations as well.  You should choose a location that fits your style and personality. I can help you along with this decision. Here are a few of my favorite locations:

MAYBURY STATE PARK

KENSINGTON METROPARK

GREENMEAD HISTORICAL VILLAGE

Time:  All of my outdoor sessions are scheduled at sunrise or sunset. The light is too harsh mid-day. If your children are up for it, shooting one to two hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere.  The time of day your session takes place has a huge impact on the look and feel of your photos.  Many families tell me that they simply have the kids take a late nap or have some down time prior to their evening session.  For those families who have younger children that are in a better mood in the morning, sunrise sessions might be best. All of the photos in my portfolio were taken during sunset or sunrise hours.

Length of Session: The good news is, I am super fast!  My family sessions rarely last more than an hour.  Don't worry, I can easily get a diverse and adequate gallery in that time.  

What to Wear: Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are.  I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating.   Here are my quick tips for family sessions outfits:

  • Choose mom’s outfit first. You’re most important, you’re the rock of the family. Pick something you love and you’re comfortable in. Build everyone off of that.

  • LAYER! Layers and textures add depth. Roll your sleeves or add a statement necklace. Add a scarf or vest for those cold evenings.

  • Coordinate, don’t match. Pick two or three complementary colors and build outfits. Mixing patterns is totally ok.

  • We all love to wear the color black, but it can be hard to photograph. Add layers or a fun pattern for interest if you wear black.

  • Stay away from neon fluorescent colors! They can create crazy color casts on family members around you. Yuck.

  • Express yo self!

Here are a few family outfits I put together that would look amazing in photographs. As always, I am happy to consult you directly on wardrobe if you are interested!  Just let me know :)

IMG_7268.JPG
IMG_6532.JPG
IMG_5280.JPG
IMG_7261.JPG

Props: I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me know.  

Your Children: Remember that children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural self. Don't worry if your child is running about and active, most of the images you see of young children on my site were captured while the child or toddler was busy playing and exploring. To get family shots, I will direct the family, ask the kids questions, play games, make funny faces, etc.   Try not to stress out about your child's behavior during the session.  I know it can be difficult and frustrating if they are misbehaving.  I promise your photographs will be 10x better if you can keep your cool, smile, and go with the flow :)

Session Prep: To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little ones have rested and had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session.  Prepare the children for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it's best not to surprise them.  

Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time: Remember, your session is scheduled according to light.  It is important that we start on time.  Please plan for traffic or parking constraints.  It's best to arrive early.  

Post-Session Expectations: Within 3 weeks of your session, a private, password protected gallery will be available to view your images. Your gallery will be available for viewing and downloading for 4 weeks.  You may share your gallery link with family and friends.  Please back-up your files.

Feel free to email with any questions you might have.  See y’all soon!