Your photo session will be relaxed, fun and enjoyable for the whole family. I love to capture how families and couples naturally interact and enjoy each other.
The best advice I can give you is to make sure you’re well rested on the day of your photo session (that goes for kiddos too!), eat something and stay well hydrated. Believe it or not, bad moods can show up in pictures! The better you feel, the better you’ll look. I give some direction to ensure you are in the most flattering light and position, then I let you just be so that I can capture your family interacting naturally.
Parks, beaches, historic/urban areas and your own backyard are all great locations for photos. If you do not have a location in mind when booking your photo session, I can recommend a few places and make sure we choose the perfect spot for you.
I love to photograph expecting mamas! I think that it is a beautiful time that is meant to be cherished. We can take the photos in your home or we can go outdoors. About 30-34 weeks is the best time for a maternity session. That way, your belly is nice and full, without you being uncomfortable.
When choosing an outfit for your maternity photos, look for clothes that will accentuate your belly. While you might find baby doll dresses or loose clothing to be more comfortable and flattering, when you look back, you will appreciate your curvy belly in its true state!
Newborn sessions take place in the convenience of your own home. Babies often sleep best in a familiar/comfortable environment with noises, people & feelings they’ve already adapted to. It is best to photograph newborns during the first 10 days of life because they are more likely to sleep through different settings, and they take well to being positioned. During your newborn session, we would get through about 2-4 setups that you would be responsible for providing. As I’m sure you’ve seen in my portfolio, I love to capture babies in their natural state. That means catching them as they are without a lot of “fluff”. Remember, it’s less about what they’re in and more about remembering those little rolls, dimples, lips, cheeks & sweetness! If conditions are ideal, we can also take some outdoor newborn portraits.
Newborns look beautiful in their birthday suits. They are so pure and lovely that a simple onesie is all you need. However, if you’d like to do more, cute knit caps, headbands for girls and little baby tutus are always adorable. Also, diaper covers and blankets are your friend! I rarely shoot bare-bum (because I can’t blame them for peeing (or more…) as soon as the cold air hits…can you?).
Children and Babies
Kids look great in bright colors, stripes and polka dots. Cute hats, shoes, and small props from their rooms or your home are great. A little color is always welcome. If you don’t enjoy very colorful clothing, a flower or cute hat can be just that splash of color that makes a photo really pop. I would avoid large logos and writing on clothing. If you’re not sure what to wear, you can always start with simple jeans and a shirt, and add from there.
For babies, the best time for photos is when they first start sitting or supporting themselves (can hold head up, etc). At this point, babies usual smile more and react to their environment. Also…before they are able to run away from me during photos is definitely the best time ;).
Decide on a theme: Do you want to have dressy or traditional photos? Or do you want to capture your casual, playful, vintage or edgy style? Most importantly, be YOU!