Storybook Sessions aren’t just for kids. We all need to dream a little bit, and Tabitha and her horse, Zip, have been the dreamiest of clients! Thank you for creating something beautiful with me. <3
Just in time for Mother’s Day, I’m so excited to share with you a mother/daughter (and doggo!) session at Lake Monroe filled with so much love and laughter, it could make the coldest heart feel all warm and fuzzy.
Storybook Sessions might be my most favorite type of session I offer now. Each one is different, tailored to fit your child or children. We tell a story, they get to play and pretend and be the magical little kiddos they are, and we make precious, whimsical portraits of your children that we can then turn into beautiful artwork for your home or a picture-book style keepsake album.
For Aurelia and Liliana, we set up a little teddy bear picnic in the woods with a cute tea set, some felt foods and stuffies to snuggle, and just let them be themselves. It doesn’t get much better than this. <3
Lakyn’s mom and dad chose Brown County State Park for Lakyn’s six month sitter milestone session, and it never disappoints, especially in the fall! Just look at those big blue eyes!
Welcome to the world, sweet Baby Parker! It was such an honor to photograph you.
I pulled inspiration for Ruby’s 15 month milestone portraits from all the new blooms and busy bees we’ve seen around Bloomington in these last weeks, and Ruby was just the perfect little model.
You’ve just received your gallery invitation, spent some time pouring over your images and maybe a happy tear or two has been shed. 😉 Now what? How do you order prints, figure out what size wall art you want, and where, or design a custom album? I’m here to do all of that for you!
Step 1: Locate your product guide.
You should have this PDF in an email from Katy, either from booking or delivery of gallery.
Step 2: Choose your favorite images.
After logging in to view your gallery, if on a laptop or desktop computer, when you hover over an image in the gallery, you’ll see a small “heart” icon in the lower left hand corner. By clicking on the heart, you will save the image to your favorites, which both you and I can access on both ends of the gallery. It’s an easy way for us to reference images you’re interested in ordering during an ordering session.
Step 3: Think about the end goal for your session.
Do you want prints to gift to grandparents? A couple pieces of wall art? An album or book for your coffee table? Digital images for scrapbooking and printing yourself? Make a quick list of these things, such as who you are wanting to gift images to, and what walls you’d like to hang art on.
Step 4: Schedule a virtual ordering session with Katy.
At this ordering session, Katy can view your favorites with you, talk about which ones you like the best, and help you narrow down which images would be best for specific products or projects. She can provide mock-ups of wall art so you know exactly what it will look like before it goes up on your wall, show you album cover material options, and chat about any additional retouching requests you have before images go to print.
If you already know exactly what you want to order, you are welcome to skip the ordering session and simply send me an email outlining exactly what images you want ordered in what product. Please include the image filename and the type and size of print or product.
Step 5: Place your order.
Katy will total and invoice you for your product order via email, just like the one you got when booking your session. As soon as that’s paid, Katy can start work on your order. You can expect standard print orders to be delivered within 2-3 weeks, wall art and album orders within 3-4 weeks, and digital images within just a few days. Katy will notify you when your order is ready to be picked up from the studio, or deliver to your Bloomington address upon request. If you reside out of town, Katy can ship your order directly to your residence.
Digital Image Selection & Delivery
If your session fee included a certain number of digital images, or you’ve decided to purchase digital images from your gallery, you can either mark only the images you’d like to receive in digital format as favorites via the “heart” icon, and then send Katy an email to tell her your final selections have been made, or send her an email referencing the image filenames in the gallery directly, i.e. “SmithFamilyColor_001”.
If you’ve purchased a mini-session that includes digital images in the session fee, Katy will send you a second email after the initial gallery invite, asking you to choose a specific number of images for download.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Katy with any questions about ordering or the product guide. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text at 812.444.9805.
You’re having your family portraits done! This is the perfect time to pamper yourself. Go have your hair and makeup done if that’s your thing, schedule a massage or have your nails done. Looking super relaxed and at your best will make you feel more comfortable during the session.
WHAT TO WEAR: Simple and timeless clothing is usually the best. Please avoid logos, busy patterns and large designs on your clothing. For example, neutral-colored, earthy or ivory dresses, rompers or outfits are perfect for smaller children. For babies, we suggest that the more skin showing the better. They are so tiny, they can get swallowed right up in loose-fitting outfits. Also, remember that complementing each other is more important than matching.
PARENTS: Make sure you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing! I will have you sitting, standing, cuddling, tickling and walking so you want to be able to move around easily in what you’re wearing.
SNACKS: Bring age-appropriate snacks – there is no way you can get smiles when tummies are growling! Puffs and Cheerios are great. Leave the messy treats that may stain clothing or melt at home today.
PROPS: Children’s books, lovies, toy trains or cars, dolls, bubbles, wagons, or child-sized chairs or other furniture are always welcome.
RESTED: Yes! Please consider your child’s nap schedule when booking your appointment. Well-rested children are always happier and more willing to cooperate.
Empty out those pockets! We don’t want wallets and phones showing up in the photos.
Arrive Early! Planning to arrive 10-15 minutes early will ensure that we get started right on time and maximize all of our scheduled shooting time, plus allow your child a chance to acclimate to their surroundings. This is especially important for morning sessions, when the sun starts to get harsher the further into the session we get.
Try and Relax! None of my clients are professional models and I promise to help you look and feel natural in front of the camera. And I promise it won’t hurt. 😉
I’ve seen Arden’s mom and dad through their engagement and wedding photos, and Arden through all her first year milestones, and it’s been an absolute joy watching her smile just get more sparkly every time I see her.
One of my best friends, whose daughter is also my daughter’s best friend, had another sweet baby girl! Welcome to the world, Octavia Jade! We’re so happy you’re here!
Maddie came to me for a Fine Art Maternity Session, and we had such a great time shooting around downtown Bloomington and the B-line trail, and then ending with a milk bath session, which we added pomegranates to at the last second — I am in love!
Happy first birthday, beautiful baby Lillian! You are radiant in rainbow.
I’m so thankful for my Learning to Fly clients, whom I get to see grow up over the course of their first year. It’s absolutely incredible how much they grow and change over the course of just a few months! At 3 months, they’re cooing and giggling, at six they’re sometimes already sitting up, at 9 months they are usually newly mobile and I get to see what crawling style they’ve adapted, like the army crawl, or my favorite “the zombie crawl”. And then comes that one year mark, and we get to find out exactly how they feel about cake and frosting and getting themselves and everyone around them messy, or if they’re more of a bubble bath kind of baby. My job will never get old!
It’s been a whirlwind six weeks, but aside from my reveal wall and street signage, we are fully functional and ready to rock after an awesome paint job by Hayes Family Painting, and some interior designing by myself, one of my favorite hobbies outside of the photography world. The result is a cozy space to work and dream in. <3
Without further adieu, I hope you enjoy this peek of the new space!
When Kayla and I got together for the first time to chat maternity photos, and I felt comfortable enough to ask her to try a maternity milk bath shoot, and she felt comfortable enough to enthusiastically say yes, I knew we were were a photographer/client match made in heaven! 😉 Thank you for immersing yourself and your bump in a lot more coconut milk than I thought we would have ever needed for some of the most beautiful maternity pictures I’ve ever made. I think it’s pretty safe to say it was worth it. <3