Session Prep Guide
This prep guide is designed with some important tips to help you prepare
for a successful session. My goal is to provide my clients with a pleasing and fun experience, high quality images, diverse product line and exceptional customer service.
Thank you for letting me document this sweet moment for your family.
1. Outfits (What should I avoid?)
What should I avoid?
Sunglasses or glasses with Photochromic Lenses
Maxi Watches and Necklace
Braceletes that don't go with the look
Neon colors at all costs
Short with pockets on sides
Anything with logos, graphics, labels, etc...
All black or white outfit
When you have a family session avoid dressing everyone with lots of different clothing print, instead choose at least two different prints and dress the other members with basic clothing to give a harmonic look.
Coordinate but don't match even if you have twins I encourage you to dress them uniquely and embrace their personality and individuality!
Maternity session bonus tip:
If you are having a maternity session done avoid wearing denim pants. Unless it's a styled or Studio type of photoshoot.
2. Outfits (It's a yes)
What's should I wear?
Textures, texture, textures: You can add it by adding a kimono or cardigan to the look.
Flowy maxi dresses and Skirts can add a beautiful movement to your pictures, specially if you are expecting and the kids also like to play with it.
Don't be afraid to accessorize with:
Fedora/ Floppy Hats
High knee socks
Every detail counts
Wear your makeup 30% darker than what you would normally wear. It will help add depth and contouring.
Recommended makeup artist and Hair stylist:
I recommend you to tan at least 7 days before your session. Sunburns and spray tans in the week leading up to your session be cognizant of your sun exposure also keep in mind that sometimes (specially if you are self tanning), a wrong product can end up making you orange or give you discoloration and streaks.
Fixing sun burns and harsh tan lines take extensive editing and require an extra retouching fee.
Please be sure that your nails are manicured, nothing fancy though just because your hands will make their way into the photos.
5. Little Ones
-If you would like to help make your child laugh, please stand directly behind me and not off to the side.
-Avoid colorful drinks or lollipops anything that will stain their cheeks, mouths or teeth within 24 hours of your shoot.
-I encourage you to NOT ‘’force’’ your kids to smile, pose or sit still for the session, we will have have lots of games and jokes if any of it does not work just let the kids be kids and we will capture their rawness. Forcing them to do something they don’t want to will only make them upset and the session might end because your little one will end up crying the rest of the session.
-Make sure your kids are well rested and fed at least 1 hour before the session, a well kid is a happy kid.
-Please avoid letting your kid take a nap while driving to the session. Most kids need 15-30 minutes to wake up from their nap and sometimes they can be a bit fussy about it.
6. Time and last minute issues
Big F for not following these
This is probably the MOST important steps to follow.
Arrive at least 10 minutes (if you are not wearing outfits from the client closet) early to give yourself plenty of time for last minutes issues that may arise specially if you don't know the location or area where your session is taking place.
The client that is late arriving to the session will have the amount of time late deducted from the time allotted for the session. If the client doesn't make in time for the session the payment won't be refunded and the session won't be rescheduled.
If you have small children accidents sometimes might occur such as spilled milk or dirty diapers thats go over the clothes, so make sure you bring an extra outfit change in your car in case something like this happen.
7. What's Next?!
After the fun...
You will receive a link to your proofing gallery within 72 hours from your session date. You will have 24 hours to select these images, once you have selected your favorites, you can expect a sneak peek on social media at least 48 hours after that.
Gallery is delivered within 2 weeks, you will receive a link for viewing and download through email.
You are not limited to just digital images, be sure to check out our Wood Print Collections and you can do so by clicking here -> PRINT & PRODUCT COLLECTION