780.741.2179     

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Some guidelines for wardrobe ...

No big logos or really busy prints. Non-reflective, textured fabrics (fleece, denim, corduroy etc.) look the best on-camera. Best results are also obtained with clothing colors other than black and white.

 

If your shoot involves more than one individual, dress in complimentary colours or different shades of the same colour. You don't want to clash, but you don't want to look like you just stepped out of a Sears catalogue, either. Unless that's the look you're going for, in which case, rock it!

 

Bring a few wardrobe options that all reflect who you are and we'll work with them to create something fabulous.

 

For indoor sessions, bare feet are preferable over shoes, but subtle footwear is welcome and often necessary!

 

Location, location, location ...

Outdoors: bring bug spray and slap on the sunscreen! If it's a hot day, please bring water for yourself and anyone else who is accompanying you. If it's cold, invest in really cool outerwear and remember that textures photograph beautifully.

 

Your place or mine: I do have a portable studio, but it takes up quite a bit of space. I need a clear space of at least 10x10 feet to shoot a child, more than that for a maternity, family or engagement shoot. I'm more than happy to pitch in with shifting furniture, but if you'd rather not have to clean up the house and shift furniture, come on out to the studio!

 

Elsewhere: let me know what location you have in mind and I'll arrange for us to have permission to shoot there. I'm always happy to try out new spots!

 

Newborns and children ...

I always allow plenty of time for shoots involving children. Some go very quickly, others can take time. I'm a mother myself, so I know these little ones have good days and bad days and that moods can change at the drop of a hat. I don't mind taking a break to allow you to nurse or feed your baby or give your child a snack.

Parents, please remain positive and energetic throughout your session. Bribes and promises of good things work MUCH better than threats to obtain those smiles and laughter we're looking to capture.

If the session is just of the children, and the parents are not in the photos, be forewarned that I may send you out of the room or out of the studio entirely. A hovering parent is a big distraction for most children, and the child will be looking at you rather than at the camera.

 

*Please note: for children aged two to five years, we strongly recommend booking a fun, outdoor session in spring, summer or fall, as young children are easily bored in a studio setting. We usually run 20-30 minute mini-sessions near Christmas time, and this length of session seems to work well for children. You can e-mail to be placed on the list for a future mini-session, as spots do book quickly.

 

Most of all, it should be fun ...

I want you to be able to relax and be yourself during your shoot. I'll give you some direction, but I also want you to act naturally and feel comfortable around me. If that means I need to tell you a crude joke, sing Itsy Bitsy Spider to your toddler or serenade you and your fiancÚ with a love song, I'll do it! A photo shoot with me will be a unique and memorable experience, but most of all, it should be fun!