Let’s face it… photo sessions can be challenging for all… for a great result please read through 🙂

1. Think about your expectations

Please think about the best end result of a photo session. Do not hesitate to talk to me, ask questions. We want to be on the same page – to enjoy both the experience and the photos which will stay with you as the most valuable memories.

2. Allow a little time to let me know you, your family or your pet

By now you’ve checked my portfolio and credentials.  Now let me find out a little bit about you. It really helps to give me some general ideas about yourself, your family or your pet. Feel free to use phone, social media or even email.  I may ask some questions.  Being prepared beforehand makes the session relaxed and enjoyable and the end result -precious.

3. Try to be well rested and well fed (no matter how obvious it sounds 🙂

Be certain not to schedule your photo session around your child’s (or yours 🙂 nap or bedtime – except for newborn sessions.  The best time for lighting outside is the two hours before sunset and after sunrise. If this is a bad time for you please talk to me – we can always talk it through. Time of day is not so important in the studio 🙂

Don’t show up to a photo shoot on an empty stomach.  Never!

Be sure at least to have and give everyone a healthy snack before the photo shoot. And yes, it does include pets 🙂

4. Clothes – please choose clothing carefully

Have your clothing chosen way in advance and make sure that your outfit choices are comfortable and attractive.  What do your dream your photos look like?  If they are soft and elegant?  Chose neutral colours with soft, flowing fabrics…. think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeal, light browns, tans, greys, and slate blues.  Want to showcase the fun and spunky side?  Choose coordinating colours, such as hues of gray with yellow, red or other bright accents.  Adding fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, etc. can add a twist and sassy flair to your images. Try to avoid strong geometric prints, letters or words unless they are important to you.

5. Be sure to leave plenty of time to get ready.

Please try not to rush before a photo shoot.  Leave plenty of time for showers, baths, dressing, and grooming.  Give yourself some extra time so that you are ready before it’s time to head out that door.  You certainly deserve this indulgence in otherwise demanding schedule.

6. Bring an activity that you enjoy doing! Or a subject that represent your favourite past time.

This gives you something to do with your hands and feet, engages the little ones, and fury ones. It brings an authentic smile to your face. Do you love to read together? Bring some books. Playing drums? Bring drum sticks to your session. Love to run, play ball, board games or cards,  football, piggy back rides, races, bike riding, hiking, singing, picnics, the ideas are endless… You do not have to bring bike or tent 🙂 Please bring something that represent your favourite activity. We may not even use the prop but it will be there and help you to feel relaxed and engaged in doing something you love. If you are unsure do not hesitate to talk to me.

7. Have fun!

Once again – Have fun. Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Embrace. Kiss. Snuggle. Play. Doing these things will allow me to capture the emotion and true beauty. Try to show who you really are, allow me to capture your love and joy through the lens.