What to expect:
AT YOUR PORTRAIT SESSION
Individual, Couple or Maternity
I can't wait to get to meet you and celebrate you, wether its a birthday or special celebration. Please make sure you go over the provided information. in which will help you know what to expect before our session begins.
During our sessions I will tell you how to pose with prompts, while I work around you to snap your photos.
So here we go, at the arrival of you session we will greet and I'll mention our game plan. We will start with your traditional "posed" images. These help us warm up to each other. After we will look into more interactive posing.
- Outdoor Sessions take place in hand selected locations. Most Sessions will take place during sunset. We may chase the sun. (Literally chase the sun!)
- Please bring extra shoes or sandals in case there are muddy conditions or if you don't want to ruin your good shoes before and after a session.
- Consider the time of day: Natural lighting can create beautiful effects on your photos, so it's important to schedule your shoot during the right time of day. Early morning or late afternoon is usually the best time to capture the perfect lighting.
- Considering that we we are outdoors, you may bring bug spray if you wish. There most likely be bugs. :)
- Also, If your session is in the afternoon consider having a sweater, jacket or cardigan, that goes with your outfit, in case there is colder weather.
Remember, the photoshoot is also a chance to have fun and enjoy the experience. Don't be afraid to let loose and express yourself. It's your time to shine!
Studio Sessions: Preparing for a photoshoot can be an exciting but also nerve-wracking experience. To help you feel confident and prepared, here are some tips to consider:
- Studio Sessions are in a IN-Home Studio in Riverside, Ca. If you have a specific studio in mind, please let me know.
- Please arrive 10-15 Before your Session time for parking and meeting. Studio Time is limited. Your session starts on time.
- Choose your outfits carefully: Think about the style and theme of the shoot and select outfits that compliment it. Avoid busy patterns or logos that can be distracting.
- Get plenty of rest: Being well-rested can help you look and feel your best on the day of the shoot. Try to get a good night's sleep the night before.
- Take care of your skin: In the days leading up to the shoot, make sure to moisturize and exfoliate your skin to create a smooth, glowing complexion. Avoid trying new skincare products right before the shoot, in case of any adverse reactions.
- Practice posing: Spend some time in front of the mirror practicing your poses and expressions. This can help you feel more comfortable and confident during the actual shoot.
- Communicate with me: Talk to your me about your vision for the shoot and any concerns or preferences you may have. This can help ensure that everyone is on the same page and that you get the results you want. (I love Pinterest)
- By following these tips, you can feel more prepared and confident for your upcoming photoshoot.
Maternity Portrait: Indoor or Outdoor
I have a lifestyle approach to Maternity Session.
Here are some tips to prepare for a maternity photoshoot:
- I highly suggest having your maternity photos taken between 32-36 weeks. This way your belly is sweet and round, but you hopefully aren’t too uncomfortable.
- Maternity sessions are 1 hour long, and can include 2-3 outfit changes.
- I highly suggest images with baby’s siblings as well as your significant other!
- >> Don't forget to bring some snacks and water with you to the shoot, especially if it's going to be a longer session. You want to make sure you stay comfortable and energized throughout the experience.
Overall, a maternity photoshoot is a special time to capture the beauty and magic of pregnancy. Remember to relax, have fun, and enjoy the process!
5 different photoshoot props.
- Flower bouquet
- Vintage camera
- Hat and scarf
- Sunglasses and beach umbrella
These photoshoot props are perfect for adding flair and personality to your photos. Here are a few ways you could incorporate them into your shoots:
- >Flower bouquet: Hold the bouquet in front of your face or place it in the foreground of your shot for a romantic and whimsical feel.
- >Vintage camera: Use the camera as a prop in your photo, holding it up to your face or resting it on a nearby surface to add a retro vibe.
- >Balloons: Have fun with these props by tossing them up in the air or holding them in a playful manner. They can add a pop of color and playfulness to your photos.
- >Hat and scarf: These accessories are perfect for outdoor shoots, especially during the fall or winter. They add a cozy and stylish touch to your photos.
>Sunglasses and beach umbrella: Bring a little bit of the beach to your photoshoot with these props. Hold the sunglasses in front of your face or lean against the beach umbrella for a laid-back and summery vibe.
Essential Tips (Individual and family)
- Questionnaire: Please make sure to fill out your questionnaire for me at least 1-2 months prior to your session date.
- Location: Unless your family session is taking place in your home, I always hold my outdoor family sessions at a location that I know and suggest. Let me know in the questionnaire if you have any special locations in mind! I will gladly consider it and advice you on what to wear according to your location.
- Screens (and children): PARENTS, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE keep your iPhone/iPad, etc. put away, unless you want to pretend it’s another member of the family. You may think waving the cell phone in front of little Johnny while he watches Elmo on YouTube is the sure fire way to get him to laugh, but most likely he will want to hold it himself (little Johnny is an independent boy, after all!) and will then enter the ‘zone out’ stage where he refuses to let that magical little device leave his death grip. Trust me, the 'distract them' with the screen almost ALWAYS backfires.
- Screens (and adults): With that being said, the majority of our time together you'll be very busy interacting with your children. However, if you want to take behind the scenes videos or photos, I would love to see them! Please only do so if it won't be a distraction to your children and if it's a photo showing off your experience. I love being able to share those on my social media accounts, so if you post it, tag me, or feel free to send it my way after the session so I can share it!
- Extended Family Members: Family sessions are for immediate family only. Please tell anyone who is not in your immediate family (aka Grandma and Grandpa) to stay home. No exceptions.
- Snacks: Please keep all snacks and bribes put away and ONLY take them out in the event of a true emergency. As in, nothing else is working and your kid is for real not having it. I am not above bribing, but again, unless you want the Teddy Grahams (and Blippi) a part of your family photos, try and keep them put away and save them as a post session reward snack.
- Basic Kid Prep: Kids should be well rested and fed BEFORE your session time. Tired and hungry kids are cranky, and nobody wants that during photos, right? Things happen, naps get cut short (and it’s always when you don’t want them too) so don’t panic if things don’t go as planned. Honestly, I get it. I just ask you do your best!
- When Children Just Won't Cooperate: In the event you have a child who ‘seriously ain’t having it’, take a deep breath. We can take a break for a few minutes, and try and figure out what the problem is. Some kids are fussier and want nothing to do with photos, and this is how they’ll be no matter what day we attempt a session. Others, if there is an issue, we can try and figure out what it is. Please refrain from disciplining your child during the session, unless it is necessary. Kids need reminders sometimes and can get a little wild in front of someone new. But, we want to try and not ‘sweat the small stuff’ during photos and get through this together to avoid any epic meltdowns.
- Sick Children: If your child is sick, please, please, cancel your appointment. I dislike rescheduling, as I am sure you do, but I would MUCH rather reschedule if a little one is sick than have a crying, snotty nosed baby who feels and looks awful during your families photos! Kids get sick, it happens, and I do understand.