Planning your Session

Unique, creative and fun!! Those are the words I follow while planning and shooting my sessions!! I love taking time to get to know my clients and love on all my tiny clients. I want everyone to enjoy the session because its not just about the final product… Its about the experience! With family pictures I incorporate posed shots as well as some candid moments.

Please expect to take some breaks during the session. The session sometimes includes planning, set up, communicating with the clients and to also tend to little ones. Babies need to eat or sometimes just want to be held by mommy or daddy and toddlers have melt downs and often need a little bit to re-group and young children like to fidget (oh boy do i know about this with my daughter). Don’t worry… all of this is normal and we have all been there! I have an abundance of patience when working with kids and I will help you through picture day! To help with certain moments that may happen please bring plenty of food for infants, snacks for little ones and items that interest them or maybe will even make them laugh or smile. We can never have enough options when it comes to turning their mood around 🙂

When booking with me I will help you in choosing the best session for your needs, family size, ages of the kids.

For newborn sessions bring lots of wipes, diapers, food (pumped breast milk if possible too) and possibly a pacifier (It may save your session if baby is wanting to nurse a lot). The studio is kept rather warm during the session to ensure that baby stays sleepy, so wear light clothing. There is a restroom in the studio if you need to freshen up before your pictures. If there is a sibling taking pictures with baby come prepared for those shots first, and then sibling will be asked to leave with another adult for the remainder of the session. Please plan for this accordingly.

Here are a few suggestions when it comes to what to wear for sessions…

Newborns

  • nude is best for baby (I have a fairly large prop selection, so there is no need to bring anything to your session, however you are more than welcome to bring sentimental items you may want in your photos. ie. nursery decor, blankets, mommy or daddies uniform for work etc.)
  • For mom bring simple black and white, simple is best and you want to avoid patterns and stripes.
  • For dad, bring simple black and white, and avoid patterns and stripes as well. If Dad plans to bare his chest please bring jeans that fit properly.
  • For siblings, bring simple matching color palette. Baby will probably be nude for these shots, so other siblings can match as wanted.

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One Year & Cake Smash 

  • 3-5 outfit changes
  • bring personalized banner and props to match party theme (I have backdrops and sitting/ standing/ posing props)
  • Ballon bouquet, preferably just 3 solid colored ballons
  • tutus and pettiskirts for girls
  • Personalized onesies or diaper covers for cake smash
  • Accessories such as headbands, jewelry, hats, ties etc.

I provide the Cake and the clean up!

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Families & Children 

  • Accessories, hats, jewelry, scarfs ect.
  • In a personal preference standpoint I prefer solid, simple and something that goes with my home decor as I always get canvases made to put on my walls.
  • Avoid to matchy match. Go ahead and check out the family session posts to see what other families have put together.
  • Avoid clothing with prints and patterns including logos and harsh graphics.
  • Color always makes your photos pop, so focus on a pop color.
  • Props- if you have something special to your family like a banner, sign, heirloom etc then bring it so we can personalize the session!

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Maternity

  • denim jeans, the ones you can leave unbuttoned
  • basic tank tops, tight tops, tube tops, or anything that shows off your baby bump
  • dress- both flow and tight
  • Any button down blouse or top
  • Bras or underwear of dark and light colors (black, white and nude are always great)
  • yoga pants
  • Sonogram photos, baby shoes, special items or handmade goodies! Something you may want to take pictures of baby in when he/she arrives.

I have blocks, scrabble letters, ribbons, fabrics and maternity gowns available for use.

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