Photography Q and A
1What should we wear?
- Denim and khaki are always safe options for pants/shorts, layers work well for tops.
- Patterns are OK, but if you have one family member in a busier pattern, have the rest of the family stick to plain colors that complement the colors in the busy pattern. For example, if Baby Girl is wearing a red, yellow, and blue flowered dress, have Mom and Dad wear solid red, yellow, or blue…the pattern of the dress will look nice against the solid colors.
- Coordinating colors look great, but try to avoid everyone wearing the exact same thing. For example, if you want to wear your favorite navy blue shirt, have one family member wear navy and white stripes, and the other in just white. If everyone in the group wears solid navy blue, it can look like a big blue circle when you all squish together for a picture!
- Keep colors in the same “families” – for example, if one person is wearing pastel/pale yellow, the rest in the group would look best in pale colors also. (Or brights with other brights, earth tones with other earth tones, etc).
- In the Summer, avoid greens if you know that you will have green, leafy trees as your background, as you will blend in.
2What if my child/toddler doesn't like having their picture taken?
- You know your child best, bring any toys or treats that you think may help get them to smile.
- Often children will behave better for new people than their own parents, so ‘talk up’ their upcoming session about how much fun they will have!
- Whoever will be helping to make the child(ren) smile, please stand right next to me (or right behind me) so that when they look at you, they will also look at my camera!
- Bribery works . . . most of the time!
- For children that still take naps, it’s best to schedule their sessions afterwards, so they will be fully rested.
- Try to avoid scheduling sessions during their normal meal times – or bring snacks that are not messy to last them until the session is over.
- For the adults and older children that are in the picture with the child/toddler, it’s best for you to just keep smiling and looking at the camera. The child/toddler will likely look at the camera (and hopefully smile!) momentarily, so if everyone’s ready, odds are that we’ll get a good shot!
3Tips and information for newborn sessions:
- Newborn sessions are most successful if they're done before baby is 2 weeks old. At this age they still like to be swaddled and are typically very sleepy.
- I have a space heater to keep baby warm enough for the naked pictures. You may want to wear layers for yourself, as those post-partum hormones are constantly changing!
- Sessions may last up to 2-3 hours due to feeds, diaper changes, and sleeping patterns. Please be prepared for this length of time and don’t let it stress you out, as this is a normal newborn session length.
- I have white noise music to help calm your baby.
- Try to feed baby (if your schedule allows) prior to coming for your session; however, frequently babies need a little "topping off" to stay in that sleepy milk-coma stage during the session. :)
- I have a lot of props, so it's not necessary that you bring any. However, if you have any special items that you are interested in using in the shoot please bring them with you.
- If you (or other family members) would like to be in images with your baby, make sure to bring the clothing you would like to wear.
- Be prepared for explosions of all kinds…poop, pee, and spit-up may go flying or spraying on anything around. Please bring burp cloths, wipes, and diapers!
- Don’t be surprised if it takes your baby a while to get into “baby model mode.” They aren’t used to being handled this much and aren’t usually picked up every few minutes and posed on props. Eventually they get so tuckered out, they don’t notice.