|What To Expect
Expect to have fun! This isn’t your traditional, sit in front of a backdrop and smile, photoshoot. Let’s all kick our shoes off, wear our favorite clothes and let the kids get messy. Don’t be surprised when I ask you to do something really off the wall.
I do bring backdrops and wood mats, but I like to avoid using them. If I can find a nice spot in your house with good light and not too much clutter then I would much rather leave the backdrops in the car. I may ask you to move furniture around or out of the room to utilize the best light.
Let’s play! My favorite locations are fields in the middle of nowhere with tall grass and golden light. Let the kids run, heck, run with them! I do bring a few props and things to keep the kids busy, but I prefer to capture everything naturally.
Make sure baby is well fed and the house is warm (too warm for you and I). Around 90 degrees is good. I expect to stop for several feedings throughout the session so don’t apologize. I definitely prefer them with full bellies. Newborn sessions are usually longer than other sessions (around 3 hours).
I like to spend some time playing and talking with them before I really start shooting. This will make them feel more comfortable around me. Don’t stress about them smiling or looking at the camera. I will let you know if I need your help in directing them or getting their attention. Sometimes I just sit and observe, this is just what I do.
Oh families! One thing I really like to let families know is that my photos are very non-traditional. You won’t get a lot of orders from me. I want to see you play. It’s especially fun to plan an activity or outing where I can follow along and document things. Act normally with each other. Don’t worry about looking at the camera unless I ask. When I do ask, I’ve found it’s easiest when mom and dad keep looking and smiling. No need to worry about those little rascals. I’m sure they will be perfect angels (tongues sticking out and all).