Session Tips and Information

Here are a few common questions answered. Please call if you have others.
Select a category below:

Q

What should we wear?

A

Most importantly feel like yourself. If you are comfortable it will show in your images.

That being said when photographing a group I advise to coordinate without "matching". Everyone should be in a similar state of formality with a similar "style". Tuxes and bikinis don't mix (unless you like that look). Adults should stay away from extremely contrasting horizontal stripes and clothes with large patterns. Men should stay away from the clingy golf shirts with a lot of polyester in the weave. They tend to shine and show EVERYTHING so unless you have pecs and six pack abs you'd like to show off go with a shirt that is looser and 100% cotton. Children have a lot more room to be creative with their dress. The only thing that doesn't work well are character clothes. Keep the favorite Dora shirt for a play date (or a quick shot at the end if she insists)

Feel free to call anytime to talk about the look you are going for. I am always full of suggestions.

 

Q

When is the best age to photograph babies?

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Babies are wonderful at all ages. Here is a brief description of each age and what to expect.

Newborn

A newborn session captures the delicate wonder of your brand new little person. These are done in my studio and they are best with in the first 10 days. If you prefer we can do these in your home. You’ll blink and your sweet little newborn will be a smiling drooling baby and you will hardly remember what your angel was like in the first few days. Because this time is so fleeting it is my favorite to photograph.

These are often used for birth announcements.

Little Baby

These sessions are best when your little one has a bit of neck and eye control and is reacting to you with smiles and coos. Also sweet and precious these capture your baby when the very beginning of their personality is emerging. I often to do these in my studio but we can also do them in your home or a favorite place.

Classic Baby

These are the quintessential baby pictures, bright eyes and lots of drool. Usually they are done between the 6th and 7th month. The little one is sitting solidly but NOT CRAWLING. This is a key factor in keeping the baby on the set. We have toys, flowers, silver rattles and many fun things that make the photos unique. Naked, cute outfits, hats it is all adorable. These can be done in my studio but also outside or in your home or favorite spot.



Q

Can we use your pictures on our Holiday Cards?

A

Of course you can. You can buy the digital files of whichever images you like. I'll make sure it is edited so everyone looks their very best and size it to your specifications. You can upload that file to any of the card sites. You can also purchase 4X6 prints that adhere to a ready made card.  A quantity discount applies and the discount varies with the number of prints ordered.

Q

Do you design Birth Announcements?

A

I do! We work together on the look you want. I have my favorite ways of doing them but each child is different and each session is unique. I welcome your input. Together we create something special to announce your new little angel.

Q

Do you design Holiday cards?

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I do and I love too. You pick the image or images you'd like to use. Send me an Email with the message exactly as you'd like it to read, we talk about style and colors and I take it from there. I let the photograph and what I know about you guide me.  I am always open to suggestions. If you have seen something you like out there show me and I'll see if I can incorporate it into the design. You see a proof, we tweak and it is off to the printer. Typically my cards are 5X7 flats printed full color on both sides. You can also choose from a 5X5 square, a traditional folded card, a trifold or an accordion card.  

Q

What if the children are not cooperative?

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Well if they are under 8 there is a really good chance they won't be for the whole session. I try to make sessions fun, fast moving and pressure free. That being said I still do like to get some pictures with everyone looking my way and happy. We take breaks and change things up. I am not above bribes, smarties work well for really little ones and promises of ice cream or a favorite treat work well too. Please bring snacks and drinks for kids under 8 and also favorite toys that you like the look of. Often if there is something in their hands their faces are a lot more relaxed.
Most of all don't worry! After all the years I have been photographing children one thing I know for sure is that kids will be kids. They have a mind of their own, we work with it and it is great. 

If your little ones are not well let me know we can always reschedule. I like 48 hours but things come up. If they are sick it is almost a guarantee that things wont go well.

 

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