"It's finally here!" The day of your session is here! We've picked out the perfect time and location, and your wardrobe is ready to go. You've spent weeks preparing, and it's finally time. I'm getting just as excited as you are.
Do what feels natural to you…
In other words, what you would do if you are goofing around in the kitchen or dancing to your favorite song or whatever it is that you do when it’s truly authentically you.
If I give you direction, please know you can always make it your own. You know how to be the realest you better than anyone else so if it feels awkward, then adjust. Rest assured, I’ll help along the way and I’m not here to put your session in a box or follow a set of photo rules. So let’s shake off those old ideas and really reflect your personality
It’s a combined effort…
This is a staple for me. Really and truly, it’s all about collaboration between you and me.
A good mantra is to “show up and show out”. So let’s really show up and show out the many beautiful chapters in your life. We’ll celebrate the good vibes, put on some music and document the realest you there is.
Keep On Moving
Basically the entire time, my friends. Whether that’s swaying, a playful nudge, dancing, running around… just keep on moving.
Reason being, if you’re still and I take a handful of photos, you’re going to get the same photo out of that group of photos. But if you keep it moving and I take a handful of photos, you’re going to get all different (and more) photos from the bunch.
Let's Make This Unique
Whether that’s putting on your favorite playlist, bringing your dog, going to your favorite brewery, hiking up a mountain, hanging in a hammock, eating at your favorite taco truck… let’s create a session that honestly feels like something you’d actually dig doing. Using the information from your questionnaire, your session will be designed with you in mind.
Don't Panic If It's Been a Minute since I've given you Direction...
That just means you are absolutely killin’ it and I’m just getting amazing shots and digging into the creative flow. So please, don’t second guess yourself or feel you have to ask what to do next. Just keep doing you!
Things To Remember:
Have fun! This is so important that you and your kids enjoy this experience because it will show up in your photos if someone just isn't having it. Relax and love on your family. This time is about you and what makes your family special. We'll spend the first little bit getting to know each other. We'll knock out the "Christmas Card" photos (ones where everyone is looking and smiling), and then set off.
Moments over poses: after we get the poses out of the way, you don't have to look at the camera anymore. You totally can if you want, but it's not required.
Always touching: be sure that you’re always touching someone. Whether it's a hug or snuggle, or just a tender hand on the shoulder. Make contact with your family. This shows connections and love.
Don't stress: if your kids are nervous or acting a little wild, that's totally OK! I embrace children in every aspect of them. We're focusing on moments, so a shy kiddo can get extra snuggles and a wild one can have extra run time. It's all about your family in this season! Remember that. Bring snacks, water, a blanket, jackets/cardigans (if it's cold), more water and snacks, and extra change of clothes in case someone gets too messy for the car ride home.
Have fun and don't stress,
Each session will have it's own unique, beautiful and unscripted moments. Embrace it all. With trust and collaboration between us, we'll create photos that will resonate with you and bring you right back to where you were and the emotion of it all.