Are you considering having your family portraits taken in the near future? Also great! Here is a quick run down of what you can expect before, during, and after your session.
Does your family have any sports or hobbies that you would like to be included in the photos? Any particular locations, themes, colors, or poses you would like to get? All of this will be discussed at this meeting. We will also go over wardrobe options, location options, when the best time to schedule your session is, based on your families needs, etc.
After our meeting, I will begin work on scouting out the perfect location, building, making, or prepping props to be used during the photos, and constantly checking on that weather!
Once they're happy with me, we will begin by taking group family photos. I generally get a few different poses of families together, some with everyone smiling at me, and more of everyone cuddling, laughing, tickling, walking, and playing together. The most important key here is to relax.
Once family photos are finished we will move on to siblings together, then individual children. Be prepared; in order for me to get them to really laugh and smile, I'm going to talk about and do some crazy things! Mooing like a cow, pretending to pick my nose and making farting noises are the surest tricks in the book to get a few giggles. ;)
Some helpful session tips:
-RELAX. Not only is stress visible in photos, but your kids can sense it, and that makes them worried, too.
-When I'm trying to get your kiddos attention in family photos, don't look down at them. Just keep looking at me, and I will get their attention
-When I'm photographing the kiddos, if you need to help me get their attention, stand directly behind me. I mean stick your face right next to mine. This will make them more likely to look at the camera, rather than off to the side of the photo.
Editing time takes me about 2-4 weeks, depending on the session, how busy I am, and what is going on in my home life. (Three kiddos 5 and under is not for the faint of heart.)
Once the images are completely edited, I load them onto your disc or USB and set up a time for them to be picked up or mailed. Then, you get to enjoy your beautiful portraits! Did I mention I also sell gorgeous, professional quality prints? Check out my pricing here, and contact me here to start planning your custom portrait session!