What to expect.
Let’s face it everything is easier when you know what to expect. The first step is to get your session booked with me. I will send you over an electronic quote via email. When you accept this quote, it will take to the invoice, contract, and payment options. (It's all in a simple all in one place client portal.) A 50% retainer is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due the day of your session. Once booked we will decide on a date, location, and session type. Depending on the type of session you book you may also get a questionnaire from me. Newborn clients, you will get a separate email outline what to expect. If you'd like to meet for a cup of coffee before a session to cover details and get to know each other, just let me know! I'd love the opportunity to meet you and discuss your session.
How to prepare.
You get to select the style of your shoot by what you choose to wear. I will ask you for a picture of outfits before the session to help me plan. (You can just lay them on the bed together and snap a cell phone picture.) If you are doing an outdoor session I may bring a chair, bench, or other prop depending on the location and style. We can chat about any requests you have. Overall, with outfit selections, you want to stay away from any big logos, or super busy patterns. For example, if mom wants to wear a floral dress, then I’d keep the rest of the outfits fairly simple with coordinating colors. Don’t worry about being super “matchy matchy”. Just stay away from neon colors. Pretty please! Layering is always a way to add some nice texture to your images. If you need help just ask! Some clients like to send me pictures of options while shopping or looking through their closets. I really don’t mind helping you pick out something that will photograph beautifully. Just text me, I pretty much always have my phone handy unless I am shooting a session.
If we have a studio session we will meet at my studio, we will take a look at the setup ideas I have and make any adjustments as needed. Aside from my mini sessions, each portrait session is custom planned and designed around your preferences. Some clients are not sure what they want, and I can help with that too. Just let me know what colors you like, or the colors in your home where you plan to display the images and I will create something for you. When it comes to sessions with little ones, I like to get the family shots done first, that ensures we get those. Then we move on to focus on the kids. Just know that sometimes little ones have another agenda, and that is ok. I will work with them to get what we need picture wise. I don’t stress about crying babies, sometimes it happens. I have a few tricks up my sleeve and lots of patience. I have a mini fridge in the prop room, and Keurig on the entryway table, please help yourself at any time during the session. I keep waters and mini canned sodas on hand.
Outdoor sessions are amazing when the weather is right! Don’t knock it but I love an overcast day for portraits! That diffused sunlight is my fav. I prefer to shoot outdoor sessions in what we photographers refer to as golden hour. This is the hour or two before sunset. The light is soft, warm, and flattering. It’s just magical trust me on that. I do not shoot in full direct sunlight. If we need to do a session during the day before golden hour, we will stick to the shade. Shade can be lovely and helps diffuse the harsh light. No one wants squinty pictures with harsh shadows.Our other option is a sunrise session, I've never had anyone take me up on that lol. My sessions are casual and go with the flow. I go in with a plan, but sometimes seeing something in the moment will catch my artistic eye. If you have an idea, please feel free to share it.
After the session.
After the session, I will post a sneak peek on social media. Your session will then go into my editing schedule cue. I edit sessions in the order they were shot to keep it fair. If you know of a deadline for images, please let me know before the session if possible. I shoot my images in RAW, this basically means that the images are not fully processed they are more like a digital negative. I select the best images to edit, I delete any outtakes with blinks or motion blur. Then I hand edit and process your images to adjust the color and style of each picture. I am a one-person operation, so this process can take some time. For this reason, for most big sessions I quote a 3-6 week turn around on images. I promise this is worth the wait! Please note that I never give out my RAW images or unedited files.
You get that email from me, the subject reads, your images are ready to view. It is a happy day! At this point, you will be able to log into your client gallery and choose your images. Each session includes a set amount of edited digital images. You can make your selections by using the little heart in your client gallery. Just let me know when you are done, and I will send a download link for those images. You also have an option to add extras if you’d like. The instructions and pricing for additional images will be in your gallery email. You will get a print release with your download. This allows you to print your images anywhere. However, just remember I cannot guarantee that Walgreens or any other retail printer will print with decent color quality. I recommend using MPIX.com. They have great prices and quality.
Thank you for taking the time to read this! I hope this helps you feel more prepared for what to expect. I know every photographer does things a little different. I like to keep things as simple as possible for you. I want your session to be fun and light-hearted. So try to relax, and let’s make some memories at your session.