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 two 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.
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. And 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 lime 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...
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 3-4 weeks 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 don't have a minimum amount that you need to spend on prints or other products. Once my time is covered with your session fee, you are welcome to order as much or as little as you would like. (But I promise it will be really hard to narrow your picks down!)
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 my images. However, you are welcome to buy individual images or the complete set digital files on a disc, 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.