Before our session, we will discuss the look, feel, and concept of your shoot. This will guide our decision about location and styling. This can include an in-person visit to your home or email discussions and a quick call. I shoot in natural light, so outdoor locations or interiors with bright window light are ideal. When planning any session, early mornings or late afternoons are the best time for optimal lighting. Don’t be afraid to have me shoot in your own home–often there is great light and it’s where children and families are most comfortable.
Please note: I only shoot newborns in their homes–this makes it easier for both mom and baby and allows for beautiful, authentic capture of the baby’s arrival to his/her family.
A few things to keep in mind for family portraits
RELAX! I know you want your pictures to look great, but it’s best not to pressure you or your family members to perform. As a lifestyle photographer I try to capture emotion and document relationships. You don’t just want to see what your family looks like. You want to see what your love looks like.
In order to achieve this, I’ll step back and let you interact as if I’m not there. I’ll watch for that moment when something good happens. I might place you in an area or tell you to do something, like “walk towards me,” or “look at each other” but I don’t want to give too much direction, other than HAVE FUN! Take a stroll. Hug. Kiss. Hold hands. Jump. Run. Talk. Joke. Tickle. Dance. Cuddle… When considering your shoot, think about what is authentic to your family. Do you like playing baseball in the backyard? Do you like baking together? Skateboarding? Playing dress-up? Going to the beach? Going out for ice cream?
Please try to make sure everyone is well-rested and fed before the shoot. This will help everyone to be comfortable and relaxed.