What To Wear:

( Feel free to wear what you’d like! This is only a basic guideline to help you out. )

We encourage outfit changes. You’re welcome to bring extra clothing for mixing and matching outfits. Get creative! Bring your hats, cute shoes, jackets, jewelry, scarves, ties – anything! Have an amazing dress? Bring that too. Unsure about something? Bring it anyway!

Visual Guides:

Need a visual guide? Check out some pin-boards on Pinterest for some great visual ideas!

General:

Stick to fitted clothing. Baggy clothing makes you look larger in photos and well…messy! You can never go wrong with layers. Remember to bring complete outfits. You’d be surprised how many people forget about their shoes! Make sure your clothing matches the location and season of the session.

Try to avoid:

Busy patterns. Don’t overdo the patterns. Busy prints take the focus off you. Clothing with logos. Unless you’re wearing your school logo or are an athlete with a huge sponsor, avoid plastering a logo across your chest. You don’t really want your family photos to be an advertisement for Old Navy, do you?

White. If you want the soft, airy feel of white, we recommend wearing pastels instead. They give the look without the harshness of white.

Children:

Dress your child in something that allows their personality to shine. Cheerful colors, layers, striped leggings, polka dots, stripes, tutus, etc. Let their clothing tell a story. And if they feel most comfortable in their Batman cape or princess dress – feel free! We recommend that you bring an extra outfit or three though since accidents do happen. It’s important that your child feel comfortable in their clothing. You don’t want their discomfort to show in the photos.

Families:

Think coordinating or complimentary colors (i.e. jewel tones, brown tones, varying shades of the same color, etc). Make sure everyone dresses in the same level too – either dressy or casual. You want to make sure you all have the same ‘feel’ with your outfits. Please avoid dressing everyone matching clothing (i.e. jeans and a white or black shirt. In fact, avoid white altogether if you can.) We feel that it’s outdated and boring – and we know that’s not you! Wear clothing that shows your personality.

Be sure you're well rested...and well fed!:

Be certain not to schedule your photo session around your child’s nap or bedtime. The best time for lighting is the two hours before sunset and after sunrise. If this is a bad time for your children, reach out to me! I will do my best to shoot at any time of day by utilizing areas of open shade that will give your skin a beautiful hue and put a sparkle in your eyes. Don’t show up to a photo shoot on an empty stomach!I meet many families who come to a photo session with dinner scheduled at the end. If this is your plan, be sure to give everyone a healthy snack before the photo shoot.

Awe C'Mon Dad!:

I know that many dads dread the family photo session, but fathers, please understand how important capturing your family is. These images will be left as a legacy, when your children are grown, with families of their own some day. Family photos are treasured forever and they are so important. Please, please, dads… cheerfully participate in your family photo session. Once you see your happy wife and beautiful photographs, you will be so glad that you gave this time to your family.

Cheese is for Crackers!:

Please, parents… leave the “cheese” at home. Cheese is for crackers. So many times I have found parents who stand behind the photographer and scream, “Say cheese to the lady kids!” Yelling and demanding young children to look at the camera to smile will only stress your children out and will result in strained, unnatural and often unflattering photographs. Step back, and allow my assistant and myself to naturally interact and talk with your children. This will result in natural, gorgeous smiles. Help me capture the true essence of your child’s personality by talking with and coaxing out those smiles naturally and easily.

Have Fun!:

Don’t be afraid to pick up your children and toss them in the air. Give your wife a sweet kiss on the check. Tell your husband how much you love him and appreciate him for being there for your family. Have fun. Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Embrace. Kiss. Snuggle. Play. Doing these things will allow me to capture the emotion and true beauty of your family. Leave the stiff “cheese” faces for Aunt Marge at the next family reunion. Show me who you really are, so that I have the opportunity to capture your love through my lens.

Don't be a Statue!:

Understand that not every picture needs to have everyone looking at the camera and smiling at the same time. If you are engaged as a family and loving on each other, your eyes will be on your family members and your smile with be natural. These are the photographs that you will cherish most because they depict your family connection and your love.

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