Planning for your Session
During our session you can expect a relaxed and fun atmosphere. I want you to feel at ease and enjoy yourself during our time together. I like to get to know my clients and capture their true personalities. With families and children you can expect both posed shots and candids.
Please expect to take breaks if infants and small children are involved. Infants often need breaks to nurse or feed and just get some love from mom and dad. Toddlers sometimes have meltdowns and don’t want to cooperate. That is okay! This is expected with children of this age and this is the norm with sessions with small children. I know, I have two myself!
With small children it is a good idea to bring their favorite snack and/or toy(s). Sometimes the best shots are of your child being natural and playing with mom, dad or siblings. They also come in handy if your toddler has a meltdown and just needs a break to play and let the mood pass.
With newborns you might want to have a change of clothing as it is almost impossible to avoid accidents such as spit up or getting wet with a naked baby. So, don’t worry, this too is expected and I will have several blankets on hand for infant sessions to swap in/out. Make sure to bring the wet wipes and diapers. Newborn sessions typically last three hours, so please plan accordingly. The studio is kept at a balmy 85 degrees to keep baby nice and warm while in their birthday suit. Parents, I suggest dressing in layers if it is a cool day so you can peel away the layers if you get warm (trust me, you will!). If parents and/or siblings would like to participate in the newborn session, we will get those photos taken care of first, so please let me know if you plan on participating.
Here are a few suggestions for what to wear/bring for your session…
(I will also have my collection of fun hats, tutus and newborn props on hand)
MOST IMPORTANTLY REMEMBER: Splashes of color, lots of layers and accessories all photograph fabulously! And do not wear anything too trendy. What you wear matters!
-nude is best
-a simple onesy if you have a favorite
-For mom, a simple black or white tank, short-sleeved shirt or tube top is perfect. Simple is best, avoid patterns.
-For dad, a black or white t-shirt. For those dads that are comfortable bearing their chest please do because these can make for some of the most precious images with father and child.
One Year & Cake Smash
-3-5 outfit changes including classic ensembles and some with bright/fun colors
-personalized banners (we have a few to choose from, but be sure to bring your own if you have a birthday theme in mind)
-large cupcake or small birthday cake for your child to dig into
-tutus or pettiskirts for girls (I have many to choose from)
-personalized onesies or diaper covers for cake smash
-towels and wipes
-accessories, such as headbands, jewelry and hats
Families and Children
*For examples see HERE
-accessories, such as headbands, scarves, jewelry, jackets and hats can really add to your look
-avoid all white or all black color combos
-Avoid matching outifts, but rather try to find outfits that compliment each other
-Avoid clothing with logos and busy patterns that will distract
-Color! Splashes of color really make your photos pop!
-dress up shirts
-striped or patterned stockings/tights
-fun, flirty dress
-props – if you have fun props, such as antique family items or items with special meaning you’d like included, please feel free to bring them
-denim jeans (maternity jeans or an old pair that you can button down or unzip for photos)
-basic tank top
-flirty sun dress
-white button down blouse
-bathing suit top and fun skirt (if the weather is warm)
-just remember, simple goes a long way
-blocks that spell baby’s name
-special items you would like to be photographed with