What should I wear?

Solid colors are better.  Avoid high noticeable stripes, patterns and logos.  You want the viewer to concentrate on your expression instead of your wardrobe. Make sure you wear clothing you can sit easily in as well as stand.  Bring a change of wardrobe for everyone if you would like to have two looks in the session.  It is important to have a change at least for children in case they dirty their wardrobe.  Please make sure the clothing fits properly.  Sleeves or pant legs that are either too short or too long can clearly be seen in the photographs.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

For children, non-staining snacks like cheerios, pretzels, carrots or apple slices, plenty of water or juice to drink.  Please no candy, the sugar makes it more difficult for children to focus on the tasks at hand.  Your child’s favorite toy;  ball, stuff animal, doll, car, Frisbees etc.  Adults may bring makeup to retouch if needed, hair brush and towel.  Always eat before so you are comfortable during the session.

Do I need to wear make-up?

Wear what you normally would wear, however, a little more shows better in photos.   I have several make-up artists I can recommend if you would like to have your make-up applied professionally.  

What happens if it rains?

I check the weather in advance and on the day of the session.  If the weather does not cooperate we will postpone to the next available day that is convenient for everyone.  Wind can often be a bigger problem besides rain and sometimes requires a change of location or day of the session.  It is best if the weather is pleasant for your photo session

What if I think my child needs a haircut?

If this is the case, try to have the haircut one week before the session.  It is good to give the hair a chance to grow a little bit and look natural.

What happens if my toddler falls and has a bruise or cut on their face?

The injury can usually be retouched in the final product.

What if your start time is at my toddler’s bedtime?

I suggest having children nap as close to the photo session as possible; then feed them when they wake up and come to the location.  Usually the fresh air wakes them up.  I engage them to play and have fun; most children last more than an hour. Occasionally a toddler will say they have “had enough,” which of course means time is up!

What should I tell my children about the photography session?

Please tell your children that they are going to the location to have fun.  Please do not practice “Smile!” or “Say Cheese!”  Natural expressions are always better.  If you want, think about things you can say, sing or do that might make your children laugh.  Bringing along caregivers can be very helpful if they can engage your child in play.

How long does the session take?

A session ranges from an hour to two or more hours depending on the number of people, the ages, the light and the temperaments of the participants.  The session can last until sunset.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, pets are welcome!  It is a good idea to bring along a separate person to hold the dog when it’s not in the shot.  That person can also help get the dog’s attention while we are shooting the whole family.

My in-laws are visiting; can I bring them along for a picture?

Yes, grandparents are always welcome.  The first image I make will have everyone in it.  That way they can just relax and watch the rest of the time as I move along through the shoot.  Sometimes they may be called upon to help engage the child.

My son is shy with new people, will that be a problem?

I like to begin the session with the whole family.  The shy child will feel more relaxed in your arms. The first series of shots will have either you or your husband with your child, which will give your child time to get to know me and relax.

What do you do with a child who is very active and doesn’t like to sit still?

Not a problem.  I like to photograph children who are active and playful.  The session will begin with more candid shots. Usually, I am able to work in the rest of the family for photos of everyone together. These things can not be rushed. One must be patient for the right moments.

Is it ok to bring my camera along?

Other photography is very distracting others while I’m working.  It is best not to bring any.

When do I get to view the photographs?

In about a week or two you may view  the ONLINE album.  You may choose your prints and the Hi-Resolution images at that point.  However, if it is a large event (wedding, sweet 16 etc…)  it will take approximately three weeks or so.

How long does it take to get our finished photographs?

Approximately a week from the day you submit your print order.