I am looking forward to meeting you and giving you the memories you deserve… below you will find some helpful tips for the type of session you have or plan to book. My studio space is small so please be choosy with the amount of people you bring along as an audience. A lot of times your little one will be distracted by his/her family members behind me all trying to get their attention, it makes it harder on your baby/child and myself when trying to get eye contact and a smile directly at my camera. Although Pinterest is a great place to gather inspiration for your session please don’t come with the expectation to get exactly what you’ve pinned. Each artist is different as well as each baby/child. I will work with your faves, but lighting, props, and style may differ from what you’ve pinned.
Studio Location– The day before your session please email me to confirm your appt and to get the address to my studio I will also include a map to help locate the house easier.
Parking– Please pull in through the large ranch entry and park on the left or right hand side of the driveway. I will come out once you are here and walk with you to my studio located in the back. We will walk down the sidewalk with the railroad tie fence so park accordingly.
Baby/ Children Prep
Plan for 2 outfit changes for a mini and 4 for a full session. Choosing outfits may be frustrating but try not to make it stressful and have fun with it. If you want certain themes you will want to choose outfits accordingly, I can help you with this. Babies are unpredictable and no 2 babies will react/ act the same, so don’t be alarmed if your child clams up when you first come into my studio, this is normal and I will work to get to know your child before throwing them in font of my camera. Most of the time I can get your child to show me their true selves, but on the rare occasion that your child is just not having a good day, I will not force your child to do anything he/she doesn’t want to do… I do not want your baby/child to have a bad experience in front of my camera, so we may want to reschedule to a later day. Again this is rare but it does happen.
Smash Cake Prep
This tends to be a messy session but it’s worth it and can only be done at this age so I highly recommend this for all 1yr olds. When you come you are welcome to bring balloons to match the theme you would like to do. Please bring 3-4 outfits including the one that will get cake on it. We will do 2-3 “clean” sets and then move on to the cake. Please don’t be shocked if your child does not dig into the cake, it is VERY common for him/her to not like the feeling of the cake on their hands. We will take our time and let your child explore the cake at his/her own pace! We will do a little coaxing but not force it on them. Make sure to bring baby wipes for hands, feet, and messy faces, the rest of the mess is mine
Note: Cake is NOT included, you bring the cake.
Newborn Session Prep
These sessions can last up to 2-3 hours (for a full session, 1hr for a mini) depending on baby. Feel free to bring snacks and whatever else you may need in that time frame. My studio will be VERY warm… 80 degrees… so dress comfortably and light. Baby will be nakey or wrapped for the majority of the session, if you bring an outfit we can work with it. And yes… 99% of the time #1 and #2 oopsies will make an appearance… don’t be alarmed this is very normal and Im prepared for it, I wash EVERYTHING after every session, so no need to worry. We will do approx. 4 different set ups (2 for a mini session) in this time frame, I welcome your ideas for anything specific you may want to incorporate… if you don’t have any ideas, I have tons of stuff here to play with. Please bring extra diapers, wipes, and a few extra receiving blankets. For nursing babes it does help to have a pumped bottle or 2 on hand to get baby full and sleepy quicker. Please dress baby in something easily removed to make things easier once you are here.
Depending on the type of session you will want to choose your outfits accordingly. Please be sure to wear very light clothing that will not leave lines on your skin before the session. Bring your fave pair of jeans, even if they don’t button. You will want to bring about 4-5 different outfits & a few matching bra/underwear sets for us to choose from. If daddy or siblings will be in the session as well please no shirts with large logos, crazy patterns, or bulky lettering.
In my studio I can do 5-7 people maximum depending on the size/ age of everybody. Outdoor/ On Location is unlimited. Please come as ready as possible for the family shot, we will start with the family set up that way we can move onto the kiddos set ups. Be sure to bring them a few outfits for their individual shots.
You are nervous… that’s normal. Rest assured once you see a sneak peek of the back of my camera after a few shots your mind will ease and you will become more relaxed. I aim to have fun… it doesn’t have to be this intense and serious session at all. We will giggle… try new things… and I will for sure be your number 1 hype woman the whole session! I got you! Be sure to wear loose clothing before you arrive to avoid lines on our skin. As for hair and make up… in order to keep the session price lower I leave that up to you. Some women want to go all out with hair and makeup while others want to stay as natural as possible. So you do you boo! I got the rest!
You can view some helpful tips on What to Wear here!
Click here for current Backdrop Options. Most of these drops are only child size… few are sized for the full family. I can help you with any questions you may have about backdrop size.
Thank you, let me know if you have any additional questions.
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