How would you describe your style?
I believe your session should be fun and stress free. My style is a mixture between posed and candid photos. I like my photos to look like I caught you in day-to-day life, like I’m your own personal photographer that just follows you around. I’ll tell you where I want you, which way I want you to face, etc. but will let you fall into those places naturally. I want to see how you connect with the ones you love and capture those moments that are unique to you and only you. You won’t get by with a “cheese” or awkward hand placements here.
what should i/we wear?
The most important thing is that you are comfortable. Wear clothes that fit you well, flatter you and you feel confident in. You shouldn’t be wearing anything you need to tug at or feel the need to “suck in”. Feeling uncomfortable will consume your thoughts and you won’t be able to focus on the moments being captured. Clothes that allow movement are generally more comfortable and look great in photos. For sessions with more than one person, stay away from matching clothing and instead compliment each other.
As for colors, I always suggest going with a neutral palette or picking a color and staying within that color scheme. Bolder colors tend to cast onto skin tone and may leave you looking the same color as your clothes. Stick with primary colors that are muted (such as mustard yellow or pale blue). Stay away from bold prints, logos or clothing with characters on them. Don’t choose an outfit that is all white or all black, as the details will get lost. Remember that these photos will be around for a while (if not for life), so you want to pick an outfit that is timeless. Since I tend to shoot outdoors, light, natural colors do well in most environments.
Don’t forget to think about your shoes!
What if my kids don’t behave well or have a meltdown during the session?
Congratulations, your kids are normal! I do not expect perfect children, in fact, I prefer them to just be themselves! Regardless of how your child is acting, I promise we will get some great shots. While meltdowns are sometimes inevitable, here are some tips that will help your kids adjust to the session smoothly:
Make sure your kids are well-rested and healthy the day of the shoot. Adjust nap times if necessary. If your child is sick, please contact me to reschedule! I totally understand, and sick kids do not like to be photographed.
For outdoor shoots, remember to bring water and non-messy snacks for your children.
If you have a young child that has a favorite lovey/stuffed animal or other comfort item, please bring it to the shoot! Not only will it offer security to the child, but I love capturing that special relationship between a child and their beloved object at this point in their lives.
I really advise against using any sort of electronics to distract or calm down toddlers and distract older children during the session (phone, ipad, etc.). When these items are taken away and we resume shooting, tantrums are always worse.
For babies one year and under, please bring a few objects that always capture their interest or make them laugh! This will help them focus on the camera instead of all the exciting stuff around us.