Tips For Your Session

Families

I find it is best to photograph people when they are being themselves. No one looks natural when they are forced to smile or pose together. I want to capture you being “you”. I might suggest you do certain things during your shoot when I see a good opportunity but, for the most part, I just want to be there to document your time together as a family. The more natural you are, the more you will enjoy looking back at theses memories later in life.

Because of this, I suggest you take some time before your shoot to think about things you like to do together as a family and things your kids really enjoy that will get natural smiles on their faces. Kids, more than anyone else, are the hardest ones to get to smile. I have found that when you have them do something they really love while taking photos, they forget there is a camera following them around and the smiles you get in return are the ones you love. Some suggestions might be blowing bubbles together, playing with balloons, flying a kite. Not only do these things make kids smile, but they also make for good props in your photo session.

It’s important to keep in mind that although this might seem like an unconventional way to do photography, your photos will be more of a documentary and something that will help you remember what life was like at this point and time. I also intermix some more conventional portraits in there as well, so don’t worry, there will be plenty of images to frame and give to family and friends!

I will bring some of my own props along with me to our shoot. Some of these things include baskets for newborn/baby portraits, a chair for kids portraits, and also some blankets so you wont have to sit in the mud. If you have any special props you would like to include in your photos, please bring them with you! Props are always more then welcome!

What should I wear?
Just like it is best to photograph people being natural, it is also best to photograph people in comfortable clothing.
If you are coming with your family, try to match your outfits, but don’t be too match-y. In other words, it’s good to make sure everyone is wearing colors that don’t clash, but it’s bad to make everyone wear the same color blue. It’s also a good idea to stay away from any shirts with logos or writing on them.

It’s also good to think about where you are having your photos taken when deciding what colors to wear. Contrasting colors work nicely to make you pop out of a background. If you are planning to take pictures outside, for instance, and the background is mostly green, wearing red or orange will help you stand out from the natural environment around you.
Of course, don’t forget to accessorize! Jewelry, hats, scarves, toys, blankets, etc. It’s the little things that make a portrait unique and special.

More Helpful Tips:
Try to be relaxed and be yourself! That’s when the best images are captured!

Couples

What To Expect
I find it is best to photograph people when they are being themselves. No one looks natural when they are forced to smile or pose together. I want to capture you being “you”. I might suggest you do certain things during your shoot when I see a good opportunity but, for the most part, I just want to be there to document your time together and who you were before you got married. The more natural you are, the more you will enjoy looking back at theses memories later in life.

Because of this, I suggest you take some time before your shoot to think about things you like to do together as a couple and the little things that you love about one another that you would like to capture on film. Before your shoot I will be sending you a questionnaire to fill out so I know more about you as a couple. These photos should be special and all about “you”, so please let me know how I can make them reflect that.

It is also important to choose a location that means something to you as a couple when deciding where to take your engagement photos. I want you to be as natural as possible. If that means shooting photos in a tent because you love to go camping together…or even shooting photos while you cook dinner together, I am all about it! Props are ALWAYS a good idea when taking photos. If you have something else to focus on (instead of the camera), you will feel much more comfortable. Not only does having props and something to do help you relax, it also makes for more interesting photos.

My job as your photographer is to follow you around and capture those little moments between you two when you aren’t looking. Although this might seem like an unconventional way to do photography, your photos will be something that will help you remember what you were like at this point and time in life. I will also make sure to intermix some more conventional portraits in as well, so don’t worry, there will be plenty of images to frame and give to family and friends!

What should I wear?
Just like it is best to photograph people being natural, it is also best to photograph people in comfortable clothing.
Although you should try to match your outfits, don’t be too match-y. In other words, it’s good to make sure you are wearing colors that don’t clash, but it’s bad to both wear the same color blue. It’s also a good idea to stay away from any shirts with logos or writing on them.

Think about where you are having your photos taken when deciding what colors to wear. Contrasting colors work nicely to make you pop out of a background. If you are planning to take pictures outside, for instance, and the background is mostly green, wearing red or orange will help you stand out from the natural environment around you.

Of course, don’t forget to accessorize! Jewelry, hats, scarves, blankets, etc. It’s the little things that make your photos unique and special.

More Helpful Tips:
Try to be relaxed and be yourself! Your engagement is the time to celebrate “you”. Don’t forget to have fun!>

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