How far in advance do I need to book my portrait session?
It all depends on our schedules. Sometimes I can make accommodations to fit people in within a few days notice, other times it can take up to three months.
Where can I have my session?
Anywhere you like! We can photograph at your house, in the park, at town square, or wherever you think would be a good match for the look and feel you would like to have in your pictures. Feel free to call or email me and we can brainstorm about potential locations.
With my children’s sessions, I find it works well if we start photographing inside at your house where your child is the most at ease and then head outside to a place nearby where there are nice views or fun backgrounds that we can utilize (cool buildings, a nice forest, an old fence...)
What time of day is best?
I am a huge fan of natural light and love to photograph outside as much as possible. The best times of day to photograph outside are generally in the mornings and evenings. The light in the morning tends to be a little crisper, while afternoons and early evenings can have a warmer, more relaxed feel.
But the most important factor to keep in mind, is that we want to choose a time when your family will be at their best (ie when they will be well rested and sufficiently fed :-)
For my children’s sessions we go with whatever time of day the little ones tend to be their happiest and try to work around their regular napping and eating schedules.
What should we wear?
I suggest wearing simple, textured apparel that reflects your personality. For example: jeans, layered hand knits, corduroy, and wraps with a loose weave. Choose clothes that are flattering to your figure. Avoid clothes with strong patterns, logos or high-contrast stripes. It is most important that you will be comfortable and that everyone coordinates with what the rest of the family has on. It doesn’t have to be too matchy-matchy, clothing all in the same color family or style work great (or a couple of color families often work well too.) One of my favorite ways to coordinate is to have one person wear a nice dress or shirt with a pattern on it and then have the other family members wear clothes that are different colors from the pattern.
Try to choose colors that work well with your skin tones. Shades of natural colors, including sky blue, rich browns, and olive greens work well. In summer, pastel colors can be really nice. In black and white images, medium-dark tones like denim blue, sage green, grey and brown work best. Bright, poppy colors can be really fun too as long as they work well with your complexion. Just try to think about what colors will help you stand out from the background of the photos... ie in June when everything is lush and green if we are going to go for a natural landscape in the background, I would suggest skipping the sage green sweater. In winter when everything is white and snowy, you will disappear in the white one-piece, but a bright red sweater will add nice color and really stand out (in a good way!)
A lot of people ask about the classic all white or all black look. Either are fine if that is what you are looking for, but just remember that black clothing has a very dramatic look, and white doesn’t offer a lot of definition and can get dirty really fast with little ones... On the other hand, a benefit to having some white in your outfits is that white acts as a natural reflector and is good because when light bounces off of it, the light does not have a color cast like it can with other strong colors.
Natural day makeup looks best for shoots outside and color images in general. For black and white images, makeup that you would wear going out for the evening is best. Even for those who don’t wear makeup, you might want to consider wearing a little lipstick or mascara for definition. Wear bare or light colored nail polish if you are going to wear nail polish; unless you know that you are not going to be wanting any up close black and white images. In black & white photographs red nails will look black.
How long until we get to see our images?
Usually it takes about a month for me to process and edit the images from a shoot.
Where will I be able to see my images?
Once I have edited your images, I will upload a gallery to my proofing site and send you an email with the link and instructions on how to order. Galleries remain online for 6 months and can be passed along to friends and family or whomever else you would like to share your images with.
How do I order?
You can place your order for prints and other products right from your proofing gallery.
Do you have a minimum purchase requirement?
I cringe at the thought of people investing in a session and then insisting on just purchasing all of the digital files only to end up doing nothing with them. We are all so busy these days and despite our best intentions ("I'm going to make my own album of our session!" or "I will order a bunch of prints for our house later when I have time to really sort through them all." etc. etc.) often times we never get around to doing the things we think we are going to or would like to do. I want you to have beautiful, professional tangible photographs that you will be able to enjoy even when you are not connected to one of your many devices. I want you to walk by them everyday in your hallway or turn over and see them on your bedside table when you wake up in the morning. I do not want them to just live on your hard drive or computer! That is why I have carefully designed a number of different print/product packages for you to choose from. That being said, I want to make sure that everything that you purchase is of value to you, so if none of my package options resonate with you, I also offer the option of just straight print/product credit so you can get any combination of items that you would like. And I do allow you to add on the purchase of the digital files from your session to any of my packages or use some of your credit towards purchasing the high resolution files after placing at least a small print order (so I know you have at least some tangible way to enjoy your images!)
The other reason I like to build print/product packages for my clients is because I want to make sure that you have high quality prints and products. As I mention in my other literature, it is important to me that you know, that even if you start with the best professionally edited files and make your own prints, canvases etc., you more often than not will receive products of inferior quality. Trust me, much more goes into the making of an heirloom quality product. For this reason, I encourage you to order through me the photographs you plan to have prominently displayed in your home. This way, you also benefit from additional retouching I do on any images you order as prints or other products, including all the images that go into my albums if you choose to purchase one. If you just want to make 4x6 prints of an image to put in with your holiday card, or something like that, by all means purchase the digital file and print those yourself using the image files provided.
How long does it take to get my order?
It depends on when I receive your order and when my next print order is scheduled for, but generally turnaround time is within a few weeks.
How do I get my order?
You can either pick your order up in person or I can drop it in the mail, whichever is easiest for you.
Who retains the copyright to the images and can I buy the digital images?
I retain the copyright to all of my images. However, you are welcome to buy individual images or the complete set digital files (via direct download or burned onto a USB,) which can be taken to any lab for reproduction. You will be granted a license to reproduce the images for your personal use. You are not permitted to enter the pictures into any competitions, or to sell them onto third parties such as stock libraries.
Anything else I should bring?
A fun prop! Or two! A wagon, a cute hat, a big lollypop, a funky chair, a pet or anything else you can think of... And snacks and drinks for refueling, wipes for keeping everyone clean, and if you are at the potty training stage, then a change of clothes is always a good idea.
Please let me know if you have any special requests for your shoot as I always do my best to be accommodating.