What should we wear?
Bright colors and neutral colors tend to photograph well. While it used to be popular for everyone in the family to match exactly (ie, everyone wears white shirts and jeans), many families are now leaning towards choosing a color palette and then letting each family member choose their favorite clothes within those colors. The color palette can be lighter/neutral/pastel colors, or you can go with brighter tones like red, green, blue, yellow. The most important thing is to choose clothing that matches your family’s style and especially for kids, something that they will be comfortable in and happy to wear.
Aside from choosing a color palette, the only “rule” I would suggest is to avoid wearing shirts or jackets with big logos or characters. They can be distracting and take the focus away from your family’s beautiful faces.
What should we bring?
If your family includes small children, you may want to pack a small backpack with snacks and juice. Children (and adults) are always in a better mood if they have full bellies and are well-rested.
What is a typical session like?
A typical session lasts about an hour at an outdoor location. I try to make it relaxed and fun, and while some of the portraits will be posed, I also try to capture the natural moments in between. You should feel free to let me know if there are certain poses or groupings of family members that you want included.
What happens if it rains?
Overcast days are fine, but if it rains, we will need to reschedule the session for a time when it’s not raining.
What happens if I have to cancel?
I understand that life sometimes gets in the way of our plans– kids get sick, unexpected things happen, and you may have to cancel our session. My policy for sessions is as follows– for cancellations taking place less than one week prior to the shoot, I am willing to reschedule one time, provided that I have another date open. If a session is cancelled twice with less than 24-hour notice, I am unable to reschedule again. The reason for this is simple– when you schedule a session with me, I am reserving that date and time just for you. This means that I was unable to offer it to anyone else, and usually that I am unable to fill the slot if it’s cancelled less than a week before.
Let me know if you have any other questions, and I look forward to photographing your family!