Hi! Congratulations again on your new baby!
Thank you so much for allowing me the amazing and rewarding job of photographing your new little one in his/her first few days of life. Newborns are truly my passion and I consider myself truly blessed to be around these little miracles so much. Below are a few tips to prepare for your session.
You've just booked your family photo session but .. "What will we wear?"
hardest question everyone asks themselves after booking a photo session
is just that.
When you start styling your session, I suggest starting with Mom and then working out from there. Whether you want to purchase all new clothes, or you want to use that dress you love, it's a great place to start. You don't have to start with mom's outfit though. Just pick one item first. Then you can pull your colors and textures and build up from that starter piece. Another good starting point is to think of the colors in your home (these images will be on your walls after all) or maybe your favorite color, then go from there.
Things to keep in mind:
- COMFORT: you want everyone to be comfy at your session. We'll be moving around on our adventure, so make sure you put yourself and the kids in something that moves with you and isn't itchy or too tight. You'll be hearing about it all session, trust me.
- ACCESSORIZE : hats, scarves, jewelry, blankets, headbands, suspenders, etc. All these things are a great way to add another layer of your style into your session.
- PATTERNS: Mixing patterns is a great way to add interest to your photos, but don`t over do it! When EVERYONE is in plaid you will all blend together and it will be all about the plaid and not all about YOU! Instead have one or two people in patterns and everyone else in complimentary colors.
- TEXTURES & LAYERS: Layers add texture and textures add interest. Denim, chunky knits, lace, cords, etc. I love the way a chunky cardigan looks. These are all great ways to incorporate your style.
- COLOR: make sure the colors you choose compliment each other. Colors that will stand out best are muted, earthy tones. Some examples are: mustard yellow, mauve pink, browns or khaki, dark blue, hunter green, dark reds/oranges
- MAKE IT YOUR OWN:
this session is about you! And it's so important to make sure that your
family's personality shines through in every aspect.
Things to avoid:
- GIANT LOGOS: shirts that have giant logos on them can distract from your beautiful faces. Just say no.
- NEON COLORS: just say no to hot pink and lime green
- MATCHY-MATCHY: matching outfits are super cute, I know, but they can also seem very redundant and dare I say boring. Having different colors, patterns, textures, etc is super important to create interest and diversity in your family's images.
- HOLY / RIPPED CLOTHING: You are paying for pretty photos so why distract from it with ripped leggings or tops.
- THE WRONG BRA: Yes you read that right, weather it's a boudoir session or a family portrait a great fitting bra can make a huge difference in your appearance and how you feel about yourself.
The day of your session is here! We've picked out the perfect time and location, and your wardrobe is ready to go.
You've spent weeks preparing, and it's finally time.
Things to remember:
- Have fun! This is so important that you and your kids enjoy this experience because it will show up in your photos if someone just isn't having it. Relax and love on your family, do not threaten them if you want them to smile, make silly faces instead or tickle them.
- This time is about you and what makes your family special. We'll spend the first little bit getting to know each other. We'll knock out the "Christmas Card" photos (ones where everyone is looking and smiling), and then set off.
- Moments over poses: after we get the poses out of the way, you don't have to look at the camera anymore. You totally can if you want, but it's not required.
- Always touching: be sure that your always touching someone. Whether it's a hug or snuggle, or just a tender hand on the shoulder. Make contact with your family. This shows connections and love.
- Don't stress: if your kids are nervous or acting a little wild, that's totally ok! I love expecting the unexpected. We're focusing on moments, so a shy kiddo can get extra snuggles and a wild one can have extra run time. It's all about your family in this season! Remember that.
- Bring snacks, water, a blanket, jackets/cardigans (if it's cold), more water and snacks, and extra change of clothes and shoes in case someone gets too messy for the car ride home.. and it does happen.
- Have fun and don't stress!