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Tips for Preparing for Your Mini-Session

Timing - Please arrive on time as there may be another session right after your session. If you miss your time slot, we can reschedule for another day, however your photos will be delayed. If you need to cancel, please let me know at least 24 hours in advance. If we have to reschedule due to weather, I will make the call 48 hours before your session and notify you.

Outfit
Choosing an outfit is an important part of preparing for the session and the right outfit can take your photos from good to great. Here are my thoughts on choosing an outfit:

  • We will only have time for 1 outfit, so wear something that makes you feel comfortable. If you are uncomfortable or self-conscious, it will show in the photos. 

  • The outfit should fit well. 

  • Dress for the season and try to coordinate but not too matchy-matchy. Flowy dresses and tops capture movement extremely well.

  • Chose colors that are bright and will pop and compliment your skin tone. Think primary colors along with greens, purples and oranges. Stay away from stark white unless it is under a blazer or has a lot of texture. 

  • Think about layers [blazers, shawls, necklaces, vests etc], they photograph well and can provide variety in the photos as the layers are removed. Textures add interest, think sequins, flowers, scarves, sweaters, leather jackets etc].

  • Empty your pockets so we your phones or keys don’t show through your clothes.

  • Moisturize well arms and legs that are not covered by clothing.

Tips for a great session with Kids

  1. If your family or child has a favorite object (teddy bears, dogs, flower etc), bring it along. It will add to the experience and engage the kids. Feel free to bring additional props such as bubbles, hula hoops, bicycle - things that the kids love.

  2. You can consider breaking with tradition and wear something unusual whether costumes, formal ballroom attire etc. This is a way to make your photos stand out, have a memorable experience and have the photos reflect your family’s personality. I actually welcome this.

  3. In addition to the traditional family portrait, I will encourage the kids and adults to move - jump, skip, tickle and twirl. This brings out the real smiles and the kids have fun.

  4. Bring a snack for the kids, in case they get hungry.

Bring your energy and have fun.