Maternity sessions are best done between 32-36 weeks. Maternity sessions can be anything you like.
This is your special time. I will get tummy, mom (and baby) alone, mom and dad, mom and siblings, entire family, whatever you would like to make your photos perfect! If children will be in the picture, be sure to have an adult that can take the children to play outside (or away from the photo shoot) so we can get the best pictures of you and tummy. We need you relaxed, comfortable and happy! You can bring as many wardrobe changes as you like. Form fitting dresses will show off your baby bump, flowy dresses are equally as beautiful, jeans (without tummy panel) and shirts that can be unbuttoned work well. Bring whatever you are most comfortable in. Any special props you would like to bring, I can incorporate those into your session. Blocks with baby's name, nursery items, sonogram pictures...whatever you would like to include.
Newborns are photographed from 5 to 10 day old, when they are still very sleepy and easiest to pose. (This requires booking around the end of your second trimester, months in advance.) Sessions take 2.5 to 3 hours to include feeding, changing, fussiness.
Don't forget about all those milestones! Sitting, Walking, First Birthday, Any birthday! Families (and children) change so fast...let me help you capture this special moment in time. We'll have fun (even Dad will enjoy it!) and I'll get a lot of great images that you are sure to love! My goal is for you to have a fun, relaxing time - we won't be rushed. I'll get some "posed" pictures, but I also love to get the shots of you just having fun with each other. It's best if the family coordinates. Neutrals, neutral with one "pop" of the same color on each person work great. You want to keep in mind that white or really bright neon colors tend to wash you out, so it's best to stay away from those, but other than that, really anything goes! Feel free to bring whatever clothes you like, any props that are important to your family, bottled water, snacks for the kids - anything to make your family more comfortable. I can choose a location, or if you have a special place in mind, we can have the session there as well. We'll get pictures of the kids, the entire family, just mom and dad (we'll celebrate that love!), dad and the kids, mom and the kids.
The best time to have your Senior Session is the summer before you start your senior year. Most schools require Senior pictures just a few weeks after school starts (around the beginning of September). You can bring as many wardrobe changes as you like. For Senior Sessions, the more clothes you have the better! Load the car! Don't forget accessories (for the girls) and any props that you would like to include. Dance shoes, football, megaphone, basketball, car, whatever! I will choose a few different locations or we can go to any locations you would like as well. If you'd like a few photos with your best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, sibling, etc, that's fine too. Bring them along! Worried about blemishes? No need! Those will be smoothed out in editing. Just come, be comfortable and have fun. We will have fun and get a lot of great shots!
Engagement sessions are so personal and you really want them to reflect your personality as a couple. I will meet with you (by phone, text, in person, however you prefer) so we can discuss the "feel" of the photos you want. We'll decide on location and props and just have a chance to get to know each other. You can have as many wardrobe and location changes as you like and that fit into our time (don't worry, I won't rush you!). Anything that fits your personality as a couple goes! You'll just want to make sure the clothes fit the location. If you are hiring a professional makeup artist or hairstylist, you will certainly want a practice run. The day of your Engagement Session is perfect for that! Let your love shine!! There will be a lot of cuddling, giggling, and yes...kissing!! Be candid and have fun with each other. Those are always the best photos. You'll want to schedule your engagement session in plenty of time to have the images for your Save The Date cards (if you will be doing those).
My theory is that wedding photography should be simple and capture the romance and reality of love. I'm always grateful to be a part of a couple's big day! My aim is to capture the personality and connection between the bride and groom, and preserve all the memories, big and small. There are an array of options when it comes to wedding photography, first you'll want to decide what you want included in your package... engagement portraits, bridal shots, save-the-dates, the bridal shower, the rehearsal, invitations and programs, and even a boudoir shot.
The basic wedding package includes:
- Getting Ready
- Bridal Party
- Wedding Party
- The Happy Couple
Make a Pinterest board for inspiration.
Wear solid colors, similar color scheme/tones.
Think about the season and the weather.
Brighter the colors, the brighter the session,
though most people look best in darker colors.
Consider wearing contacts to avoid a glare on your lenses.
Remember shoes are important for style and comfort.
Personalize props, themes, incorporate a story into the session.
Bring a friend for moral support and a second pair of eyes.
Get enough sleep and be on time!
Paint nails. (glossy or color)
Choose comfortable hairstyle and clothing/shoes.
Bring makeup, brush and hairspray for touchups.
If getting a hair cut, do it about a week before your session.
A fresh shave is always flattering.