Your Custom Family Portrait Session

So you booked your session. Now what?

This guide will give you all of the information you should need, but never hesitate to email me directly at with any questions.

I am so excited to capture you and your loved ones. Custom photography is unique because it not only captures what you look like at a certain point in time, it captures who you are. I aim to capture honest photos of your family and children. The goal is not to get a stiff and posed shot with everyone looking at the camera, but to capture the true essence of your family. I use my understanding of my equipment and natural light to create images that will become works of art that you can hang in your home and pass down for generations. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session with me. 

Location: Together, we will decide on the best location for your photos. I have many locations that I love to shoot at regularly and we will choose from those based on the season, time of day and the style that fits your personality.

Time: We will shoot either in the morning or in the evening. The light is typically too harsh mid day. Shooting one to two hours before sunset is the most ideal time because it provides gorgeous light and atmosphere. The images in my portfolio look the way they do largely because of my use of light and the time of day your session takes place has a huge impact.    

Length Of Session: The good news is, I am super fast! My portrait sessions rarely last more than an hour.  Don't worry, I can easily get a diverse and adequate gallery in that time.  

What To Wear: Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating. Check out this blog post for tips on how to plan the perfect wardrobe.

Props: I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me know. I will typically bring a blanket for sitting and lying down poses but that's usually it.

Your Children: To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session.  Prepare the child for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it's best not to surprise them. Click HERE to read a guide on how to best prepare your children for your shoot. 

Please be ready to start on time: Remember, your session is scheduled according to light.  It is important that we start on time.  Please plan for traffic or parking constraints.  It's best to arrive early.  

Most importantly, let me know what your expectations are! Take a minute to fill out the questionnaire below so that I can better serve you.

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I can't wait to meet you for our photo session!  Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have.  See you soon!