|A Bit of Info|
First off let me say I am a total goof. I don't take myself to seriously. I absolutely adore children. I am a TOTAL chatterbox and I think photography should be fun!! When you are having a great time it shines through. It really does! And you will find those photos are the very best photos! I can not tell you how often I have been on a session and it has seemed like the session is moving super fast and we aren't getting much and the kids are being wild and the parents are getting frazzled and then we all go home. I usually put a little peek up on my fan page that night and I can not tell you how many emails I have gotten full of shock and awe that we captured so much awesomeness! I generally take a bunch even when you don't realize I am still snapping away lol!
Where do we shoot?
Absolutely anywhere you like! I prefer natural light and love to be outdoors where I have tons of room to roam and climb and work and be creative! I LOVE genuine lifestyle. I totally enjoy the fly on the wall approach and just love to kinda shadow and capture and play and sing and jump and all that good stuff right along with my clients so honestly when it comes to locations the sky is the limit!! Love the park? Great lets head there! State Parks, local parks, your back yard, your living room, the aquarium, the zoo, the pool, the bath tub!! It goes on and on and on! I have a great list of locations as well if you are stumped. I am game for anything! Sometimes the best locations honestly are your own living space!!! I will say I am not your run of the mill sit and smile while I snap photographer. I love energy and that is why I embrace natural light photography the way I do!!
What should I wear?
Clothing can really make or break a great photo! Anything that really expresses who you truly are I believe is great! Lots of layers, fun colors, different textures. Creativity is honestly a huge factor in making your photographs shine! Avoid anything that will really date your photos such as clothing with store or brand logos (like Old Navy, Polo etc.) Also anything with characters such as Dora the Explorer and Disney while really cute don't always make for great photographs! If you would like suggestions please feel free to ask as well! I can link ya up to some of my fav shops or even do a phone consult if you get stuck! As for newbies I generally prefer to shoot newborns in their birthday suit. I have a ton of adorable props for you to choose from as well if you are into that kinda thing! With all of my sessions I am totally okay with multiple outfit changes as well just give me a heads up so I can plan around that.
What Should I bring?
I would come along with anything you plan to change into. Also for small babies a complete diaper bag along with anything you typically use to soothe your baby. Snacks for older babies, small toddlers and children are also a good idea as a hungry kiddos are bound to not understandably want their photo taken. Any fun things you want to bring along such as your babies favorite blanket or anything you think would work as a fun prop is totally welcome as well! Even things like children's furniture (a small chair, a rocking horse, or anything along those lines) are awesome! I am totally open to suggestions and really want you to have photos you are crazy for. Some of the things I have brought or had clients bring in the past include bubbles, heirloom baby clothing, balloons, a wagon, a small children's chair, and even a doll! It can't hurt to bring it out and if you change your mind then at least ya got it right??
What should I expect?
A good time!! If shooting in home I will let you know ahead of time what I need to prepare for our session. I want more than anything to not only give you beautiful photos but a memorable experience. I am totally okay with working at your pace. Newborn sessions tend to take longer then other sessions so the time tends to run towards two hours and upwards at times. I have even had one go as long as four hours so I promise I am not trying to move in lol! I am just making sure you get lots of gorgeous photos to choose through. I also ask that with newborn photography you contact me within the first 10 days of life as it is easiest to pose the baby. (Babies sleep much sounder at this age and also tend to be much more flexible.) I also may totally rearrange your home so don't be shocked if I move your couch or take your curtains down lol! I also don't mind taking time for snacks and to give the kids a break. I know having kiddos myself they are easily overwhelmed sometimes. Sessions on location can be a bit much depending on the weather and the amount of walking so its necessary! I am here to help as well so if you have any questions please don't be shy!
As a side note:
Being a mom of four small children I totally understand that there are just those days your little ones are overtired, frustrated, or don't feel like cooperating. I am totally prepared for this and have a ton of patience so I am ready and willing to make it work. We will be sure to get photos you love and if it isn't possible I will happily schedule a reshoot. Also if the weather is starting to look like it isn't going to be optimal for the kind of session we are hoping for I will try to give 24 hours notice before having to reschedule.
Still need more info? Feel free to contact me and ask questions!
Special Thank You to:
To Ingrid Michaelson For allowing me permission to use her music on my website. You can find her right here.on Itunes www.itunes.com/ingridmichaelson and her website is right here www.ingridmichaelson.com
To the amazing David Tolk who has also allowed me to use his GORGEOUS music! I feel very blessed to have this as an addition to my site. It just touches my heart!