what should we expect?
Expect to play. Expect to be silly. Expect this to be a completely different photo session than you have ever experienced before. I prefer to work on-location with natural light. I can come to your home or we can meet at a local park or landmark. Not sure where to go? Don’t worry. I have lived in Las Vegas for over 30 years, and I can definitely suggest some favorite locations.
Sessions typically last about an hour (up to 2 hours for newborns), are very relaxed and informal, and are geared toward telling your story… about who you are, right here and now. Playtime and family time are wonderful moments to capture. Reading books together, making cookies, or enjoying an afternoon at the park all make a great setting for your photographs. And don’t worry about the timetable. I don’t mind stopping for potty breaks, nursing babies, or snacks. The more comfortable everyone feels during the shoot, the more successful the outcome. Sometimes it takes a while for shy kids to warm up to a stranger with a big camera, and that’s okay. I will spend time getting to know your child and making a connection so that they don’t feel pressured to perform.
I won’t ask them to say “cheese”… we will talk and sing and joke. Sometimes I might even ask that Mom or Dad take a little walk while I spend time alone with the kids. My goal is to capture the story of real life - those genuine smiles, soulful eyes, laughter, (and sometimes tears) that encompass the essence of who you are. Your story matters. Let me help you share it.
what should we wear?
Because I strive to capture the essence of who you are, you don’t need to dress up in something formal or fancy for your session. Bold, bright colors (try to avoid large logos which can take away from the overall image) with jeans and barefoot toes always look great. For something fun, try similar colors but different textures. When working with a group, make sure the different outfits look good side by side (think Gap® or Old Navy® ads where each person is wearing a different look but it all goes well together). And remember, you don’t all need to wear matching t-shirts. A single matching piece of clothing (like jeans or a scarf) is all you really need to coordinate.
Ladies: Make sure whatever you are wearing fits and is flattering. Remember, no one will see the size you are wearing, so don’t try and squeeze into something that doesn’t really fit. To smooth out any “unwanted bumps”, I always use Spanx® or a similar undergarment. Longer sleeves are usually more flattering than sleeveless tops. Don’t forget the accessories!
Guys: I know you love your shorts, but they are probably not as flattering as a nice pair of khakis or jeans. Shirts with collars layered over t-shirts almost always look great – and don’t forget the belt!
What about the Baby?
Don’t worry about how to dress your baby. Babies look best the way God made them – in nothing at all! Be sure to keep your baby in looser clothing and diapers before the shoot so we won’t have any marks or lines on their body when we do those “birthday suit” pictures. Often I will photograph younger babies simply wrapped in a blanket or wearing a solid diaper cover. During newborn shoots, parents should wear neutral clothing so the emphasis is on the baby.
My favorite rule of thumb? Dress the most difficult person first, then coordinate everyone off their outfit. If you have any questions about what to wear, call me – I am more than happy to guide you!