How far in advance should I schedule my session?
I am typically booked 3-4 weeks in advance throughout the year. During the Holiday Season (August-October) I am booked about 6-8 weeks in advance. All sessions for Christmas cards/gifts must be completed by November 1st to ensure delivery by Christmas.
When should I contact you about scheduling a newborn session?
Newborns are photographed within the first two weeks, ideally when they are between 5-8 days old. This is when they have what we photographers call the “curl” factor and are much more willing to sleep for us. Please call to discuss the scheduling of your session while you are pregnant. Calling as far in advance as possible is best to ensure a spot on the calendar. I will tentatively schedule your session on your due date and once your baby arrives, we will adjust the session date accordingly. If your baby is older than 2 weeks, the next best age to photograph is when they are around 3-4 months old, when they are comfortable lifting their head while on their tummy. This also allows for capturing those first sweet smiles.
What can I expect at a session?
You can expect for everyone to have fun! I want sessions to feel like a playdate for children so laughing, playing, singing, etc. are encouraged. When children feel the pressure to sit still and smile on cue, they will often end up doing the opposite. Giving them the freedom to be themselves allows me the opportunity to capture those perfect moments that bring out their unique personality.
Newborn sessions last longer than a child/family session and I typically spend about 2-4 hours with plenty of time for breaks and feedings. Simple is best when it comes to newborns as clothes often don’t fit their tiny bodies. I will, however, bring a fabulous collection of blankets, baskets, hats, and swaddling blankets to create their “outfit”.
Where should my session take place?
All my work is done on location using natural light. Think about what look you want your portraits to have, as well as where your child will feel comfortable and relaxed. Sessions can be at a nearby park, an urban spot with vibrant colors and funky walls, or in the comfort of your home. If you are wanting a session in your home, it is important that there is good natural light streaming in through the windows. I am more than happy to help you find the location that is perfect for your session. Browse my online galleries and the blog to determine the location styles that inspire you.
What time of day is best?
As a natural light photographer I try to avoid using artificial lighting: flashes, studio lights, etc. Generally light is best in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening. That being said, determining when your child is happiest is the most important factor when scheduling a time for your session.
What should we wear?
This is the fun part! Bright colors, layers, and textures are perfect for kids and can help show off their unique personality. Your child should be comfortable, so I suggest avoiding formal clothing and all white outfits. For siblings and families, outfits should coordinate but do not need to be matching. We can go over more details and pick out clothing options when we meet a few weeks prior to your session so no need to stress! A detailed guide on what to wear will be available on the client site after you schedule your session that also has lots of ideas and tips.
Do you photograph families as well?
Of course! I prefer to photograph families in a very casual setting that is stress-free and fun for everyone. My goal is to capture candid moments of you interacting as a family rather directing everyone to “say cheese and look at the camera”. I believe that documenting the true spirit of your family will result in portraits that are both timeless and treasured. Family sing-a-longs, games, and tickle wars are strongly encouraged!