Portrait Session Planning

What to wear -  In advance of your session, I would like to consult with you over the phone to discuss clothing choices, arrangements of family members you would like to capture and your plans for displaying the photographs.  It is well worth the time to carefully plan outfits from head to toe and to envision where you would like to display them.  For family portraits I recommend selecting 3-4 colors within your group and vary them to stay coordinated but not identical. When we speak, I'd be happy to offer specific pointers. 

Where to take the portraits - I regularly shoot in a variety of settings including urban, western, nature preserves, beautifully landscaped parks and my clients' homes. Based on the look you would like to create, number of people in the portraits, and distance you will travel, I'd be happy to recommend a location.  For in home sessions, we can either incorporate the look of your home into the portraits or I can bring a studio set up with a backdrop for individual and small group portraits. 

Newborns - Newborn portraits are unique and the ideal age for newborn portraits is 5-10 days old, so scheduling ahead is very important. I am happy to photograph your child at any age, but it may be helpful to know that the majority of the sleeping, very posed images you may have seen are taken at this early age. When we discuss your session, we can formulate a plan to capture the images most dear to you first, as little ones can operate on their own schedules. For example, are you seeking individual portraits of the baby with various props and family mementos? Do you prefer a more minimalist individual session with neutral tones natural poses? Are you looking to incorporate the whole family in the photographs with the baby being held by the family?  Are there certain colors you would like to use to coordinate with the nursery? 

Events and Parties

Let's plan the photography in advance so that you may rest assured your event will be captured beautifully while you enjoy the event. Some of the key things I would like to know are details about the venue, the number of guests and guests of honor,  the timing of special events and any key photographs that are desired. If I am aware of the schedule, key events and individuals it will help in maintaining a comfortable flow for everyone. Please also take the time to inform your guests (especially guests of honor) that you would like them to be in the photographs. Not only does it make it much easier to coordinate group photos it also adds to your guests' comfort if they know in advance they will be photographed.  To ensure I can capture all of the details or your decor, it is best if I begin photographing before guests arrive and fill the room. If you desire retouching on specific images please contact me and I can give you quote.  I offer online galleries for easy viewing by your guests and they can either be open to all guests (ideal for corporate events and large parties) or password protected for children's events or private parties.