1. What does a typical session look like?
My sessions are very laid back with lots of simple directions and movement. I want to capture those moments that I know happen throughout your days, but since we don't have "days" I make it a point to prompt in ways that bring them out in our time together. With that said, I am always on the lookout for those natural connections that happen all on their own with families and have no problem stopping mid idea to get what is unfolding in front of me.
2. Do you get everyone smiling at the camera?
I always start my sessions out with that one solid posed family shot and sometimes grab one more at the end. Other than that though I ask you not to really look at me but rather at each other. I am ALL about connection and capturing the love and laughter of your family.
3. What if we just want a traditional posed session?
I know there are many who capture this so beautifully. However, it is not my personal style and at this time I do not conduct these types of shoots.
4. What should we wear?
My first and foremost tip is be comfortable! Especially the kids--we want them happy! Also, it is best to choose a color palette (2 to 3 coordinating colors) over everyone in the same shade. This is more pleasing on the eye and keeps you from all blending into one another. I am a personal fan of really dressing it up for this special time, especially mom. As a mother myself I spend most my time in yoga pants, t-shirts and a braid (it's probably how I'll show up to your sess!) This is your excuse to feel beautiful, so go all in! :-) I do have a Pinterest board to give you some ideas as well!
5. Where do you shoot?
90% of my session are at the beach, and that is simply because it's what is requested. I LOVE the beach and have no complaints in this area. :) I love everything nature though--trails, hills, urban etc. I'm also totally open to any places that hold a special meaning to you or somewhere you spend lots of time together as a family. I even did a session at a playground this year, somewhere they frequent most Saturdays. It may not have had all the glam of the sandy shore, but I just love the tangible memories that went along with it!
6. What should we bring?
I'm not really a prop person but if your kid has a favorite animal or blanket that you want remembered feel free to bring it along! A change of clothes for the kids juuuust in case is always a good thing, as well as water and a small snack. You wouldn't believe the number of kids who "suddenly" become famished and dehydrated mid shoot. ;-) Also if it is a beach session you WILL get wet! So towels and extra pants in the car are always a good thing!