"Just how do you do it, Pooh?"
"Do what?" Asked Pooh
"Become so Effortless?"
"I don't do much of anything." He said.
"But all those things of yours get done."
"They just sort of happen." Pooh said.
~The Tao of Pooh
For me, the experience of the photo session is JUST as important as the photos themselves. The only way to capture amazing memories is to first CREATE them. This is an adventure. Let's not set expectations, let's set standards. Let's not plan out poses. Let's connect with each other and let the poses create themselves. Let's plan to be open. To allow things to unfold. Let's play. Dance. Embrace. And trust that everything will be captured. Your family story starts with you, not with the IDEA of you. I am not here to MAKE you beautiful and perfect- I am here to show you that you already are.
Being in the moment and enjoying ourselves doesn't mean we shouldn't have some element of planning.
First off- we want everyone involved to be happy and healthy. Everyone napped, everyone fed, everyone dressed comfortably.
If anyone is sick, please contact me to reschedule.
Have snacks, toys, favorite songs, games, anything that will cheer up a child in a pinch if necessary available. Let me know how I can help ahead of time.
Focus less on posing, more on connection. Children pick up on our vibes, so let's not put too much pressure on the shoot. Again- HAVE FUN!
What to wear?
Keep it simple!
Avoid Loud Patterns and Logos. If done right, patterns can be very appealing. If done wrong, it can be distracting and busy. Certain patterns do not photograph well so if you're unsure, avoid. Also, avoid logos, unless you're getting paid massive amounts of money to rep it.
Neutral Colors are best. While a pop of color is always great, try to avoid too many loud colors, particularly NEON. We want to be aware of color casting (bright green shirt on dad means bright green cheek on little sister).
Keep it COMFY. Avoid the heels if it kills your toes, avoid the Jacket you can't lift your arms in, you get it. If you are not comfortable it will show in your face.
Coordinate, don't duplicate. It's nice to make sure everyone is in a cohesive color pallet but try not to be too matchy matchy.
Easy Hair. This is particularly for children but can be useful to everyone. If anyone has hair that is perpetually in their face, go for a an up do, or styled in a way that makes it easy to see your face without constantly having to push it back. I do love a hair blowing in the wind shot, but sometimes a great shot can be lost because of a breeze blowing hair right into a little ones face.
After our session I will provide a sneak peek within a few days of your session.
Your full gallery will be available to you 3- 4 weeks after your session for non-busy season, 4-5 weeks during busy season. This is a password protected gallery where you can download all photos in your preferred resolution.