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. 😉