I LOVE to photograph real life. So when we do our session, I want it all. Life is made up of good smiles and not so good smiles, active toddlers and sleepy babies, photogenic teen daughters and too-cool teen sons. It's all part of the reality of life and the perfectly imperfect is what makes you YOU. And that's what we photograph in our session together; we photograph YOU.
In a typical session, we do some traditional poses to get warmed up and make sure we've got some good images of everyone smiling at the camera. After we're nice and warmed up, we play. We chase each other, we snuggle, we tickle - we simply interact. We'll choose locations that are specific to your family, locations that hold meaning to you. We'll do activities that reflect your family at this stage in life. We'll read books, climb trees, run through the grass, or even roast s'mores.
Wear clothing that reflects YOU! If you're a t-shirt and jeans kind of family, wear t-shirts and jeans. If you're a maxi-dress momma and a suspender flaunting dad, flaunt away. The key to clothing choices is making sure your outfits reflect YOU. I always encourage my families to coordinate, but not go matchy matchy. Pick one or two anchor colors and build your outfit selections around them. It's fine to put plaid on dad and stripes on your son. It's fine to put mom in floral and baby girl in polkadots. As long as your colors compliment, it'll all be beautiful, I promise!
Do you know how many families I've photographed over the years? Don't worry...an uncooperative child won't be new to me. I find that play helps a lot in this area. From time to time, with the parent's permission, I'll hand out smarties to little ones who need a little "bribe." Every now and again, with children who are shy, we'll take a quick walk a few feet away from the parents so that the child doesn't feel like they're being watched and they'll usually open right up.
Make sure you bring anything we've talked about incorporating. If we've decided that we're planning to read books on your family quilt, bring the books and the quilt. If we're planning to go fishing at a pond nearby, bring the fishing poles! For little people, I always recommend bringing a small and non-messy snack and drink in case they get hungry or fussy. Oh, and make sure you bring yourselves!
After your session, I'll go home and load your images, go through them and edit our keepers. From there I'll load the keepers into an online gallery you'll be able to view and share. We'll also set up a meeting time in which we'll get together and chat about your vision for your own family artwork in your home. We'll go through the collections I offer, let you put your hands on available products, and come up with the perfect way to display your new artwork in your space.