Tips & Tricks
Time of Shoot
First things first. You will receive a client questionnaire shortly if you haven't already. It's a tool I use to get to know my new clients a little better before we meet for your shoot. Just fill it out to the best of your ability. You can be as specific as you'd like! Don't be afraid that you're writing too much or too little. Email it back when you can, and that will help me decide several factors of customizing your shoot. One of the most important being location.
I have several sweet spots around the area to work with. I can give you ideas on where to meet, but first if you can narrow it down by the questionnaire and by telling me if you'd prefer. From there, I can offer several suggestions. If you'd prefer a little of both, we can do that too!
Please keep in mind that I'm very picky about the times of day that I shoot. I prefer shooting early morning or late afternoon only. It's when light is the best! Early morning shoots consist of the hour the sun is rising, and evening shoots are typically 1 1/2 hours before sunset. Those times change throughout the year, so I may move shoots back or forward a half hour or so to accommodate sunset. Since the times I choose to shoot usually run into meal times, please don't hesitate to bring snacks, food, drinks, etc. to your shoot. Full bellied kiddos are happy kiddos! And I don't mind in the least taking a break from shooting to please the kiddos.
I'm here and available to help you choose wardrobe. I also have TONS of clothes and accessories on hand to give you the finishing touch you need. You're welcome to text or call me while you're clothes shopping for my opinion if you'd like. I try to be as available as possible. Wardrobe should also mesh with location, so keep that in mind! Some outfits look out of place in an urban setting, some look out of place in an outdoorsy setting, so keep that in mind too!
Allow me to work with your children. Don't feel stressed out trying to get your babies to smile, behave, listen, etc. Remember, I have two crazies of my own! I understand the stress that comes along with pictures, so please let me do all the work for you. Usually I get the most genuine smiles when mom and dad are off around the corner, allowing me to work with the kids one on one. No threats or bribery needed!
They're not always appropriate. If you want some fun props for your shoot, let me know what you're thinking, and I'll do my best to give you the vision you're hoping for. I always have a quilt or blanket in my car for shoots, and some boxes for sitting on and such, but I always try my best to travel lightly, so I mostly use our surroundings as our "props"! If you're wondering what is appropriate to bring to a shoot, I always say to please bring anything that's of meaning to your child. Stuffed animal, favorite blankie or toy. Things that you know your child loves. I don't care if that stuffed animal is chewed on and smells like dirty baby drool, trust me. You will want to remember that lovie, and how much your child cherished it. It may not be a shot that you would canvas, but it' II always be a memory you'll want to hold on to.
Most of all, this is supposed to be FUN. Fun for you, fun for me, fun for your family. I laugh, joke, tease, tickle, roll around in the grass and smile a lot. I want to be a friend of your family, not just a generic photographer. I want your session to be as custom to you as it possibly can be. I make mom and dad get in ooey gooey poses without kids. Don't worry about the posing, I have my secret sauce for that. I make kids hug and kiss. They pretend they don't love it, but they do. I leave dads alone for the most part, so tell that hubby of yours to relax! He won't be bothered by me too much. I promise.
I am so excited that you have chosen me to capture your beautiful family. This is truly an honor, so I thank you!
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