You decided to book a session with me? Fantastic! I'm here to help you in any way to ensure your family session is happy and stress-free! Here's everything you need to know:

Before the session:
I'll send you a family questionnaire to help me get to know your family better and to plan the location, style, and props you want! Instead of warning your kids ahead of time to be good, let them know it's going to be fun--that will change what they are expecting. 

Indoors or outdoors- Shooting outdoors is my absolute favorite. There is room to run around and freedom to be creative, but I also shoot indoor if time or weather does not cooperate. We will pick the best place for your family.
Time- Choose a time that your kids are the most well rested and behaved. With that being said, in the spring and summer the best times to shoot are in the morning or 5-8pm(evening is my favorite time). In the fall and winter I recommend no later than 4-4:30pm. 
Hair & makeup- Family portraits are a fun time so you want to look your best! Wear more makeup than normal (it shows up less on camera) and wear your hair fancy and what makes you feel most beautiful!

What to wear: Figuring out what to wear can be one of those most stressful parts but it certainly doesn't have to be! I'm here to help you with that. I can help you figure out what to wear for the SPRING&SUMMER, FALL, and WINTER. Still stumped? Text me your outfit ideas and I'll help!

During the session:
When you arrive at the session we'll spending a little time getting acquainted and I can meet your lovely family. Remember-- your kids don't have to be perfect. In between the wiggles and the "I don't want to" I can capture those sweet moments. Another important thing is don't tell your kids to "say cheese". That only results in forced and awkward smiles. Parents, don't think you have to be perfect and have forced smiles, either!  Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Kiss. Hug.  Being yourself allows me to capture who you are. Also, not everyone has to be looking at the camera-- some of your favorite pictures will be you interacting as a family.  Once the session starts there's nothing else you can do to control your kids so just have fun and enjoy it! Your kids will, too. 

After the session:
After the session you will receive your pictures in a couple of weeks. My goal as your photographer is to make sure you are satisfied before the shoot and after the pictures are received.


The family sessions start at $850. What are you waiting for? Book NOW!


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