I'm often asked what happens at a photo shoot. As I offer a mobile service, I generally visit clients in their own homes to take photos, or sometimes go out on location at a local park.
Your photo session will be relaxed, fun and enjoyable for the whole family. I love to capture how families and couples naturally interact and enjoy each other. During an average session, we spend an hour or two taking photos, and allow breaks for kids to have snacks, rest or whatever it takes. Photo sessions are never rushed.
The best advice I can give you is to make sure you’re well rested on the day of your photo session (that goes for children too!), eat something and stay well hydrated. Believe it or not, bad moods can show up in pictures! The better you feel, the better you’ll look.
When you arrive for the photo session, don’t be afraid to dance, skip, twirl and laugh! Photo sessions are never rushed. I want you to enjoy the experience.
Parks, beaches, historic/urban areas and your own backyard are all great locations for photos. If you do not have a location in mind when booking your photo session, I can recommend a few places and make sure we choose the perfect spot for you.
I love to photograph expecting mothers. I think that it is an amazingly beautiful time that is meant to be cherished. We can take the photos in your home, where I can create the illusion of a studio, or we can go outdoors. About a month before your due date is the best time for a maternity session. That way, your belly is nice and full, without you being uncomfortable.
When choosing an outfit for your maternity photos, look for clothes that will accentuate your belly. While you might find baby doll dresses or loose clothing to be more comfortable and flattering, when you look back, you will appreciate your curvy belly in all of its glory!
Newborn sessions take place in the convenience of your own home. Babies often sleep best in a familiar environment. It is best to photograph newborns during the first two weeks of life because they are more likely to sleep through different settings, and they take well to being positioned. During your newborn session, I will set up my portable studio and take a combination of studio and lifestyle pictures. If conditions are ideal, we can also take some outdoor newborn portraits.
Newborns look beautiful in their birthday suits. They are so pure and lovely that a simple onesie is all you need. However, if you’d like to do more, cute knit caps, headbands for girls and little baby tutus are always adorable.
Children and Babies
Kids look great in bright colours, stripes and polka dots. Cute hats, shoes, and small props from their rooms are great. A little colour is always welcome. If you don’t enjoy very colourful clothing, a flower or cute hat can be just that splash of colour that makes a photo really pop. I would avoid large logos and writing on clothing. If you’re not sure what to wear, you can always start with simple jeans and a shirt, and we can add from there.
For babies, the best time for photos is when they first start sitting by themselves. At this point, babies usual smile more and react to their environment. That is usually the time when babies start to get those chubby little cheeks, and who doesn’t love that?
Clothing: Where to start:
Decide on a theme: Do you want to have dressy or traditional photos? Or do you want to capture your casual, playful, vintage or edgy style? Don’t forget, you can always have a change of clothes.
It’s always best to think colour. Saturated colours (green, blue, red, purple, orange, yellow) really pop in your photos. I don’t recommend too much white — it just doesn’t do much for most people. When trying to put together outfits for larger groups, try to coordinate, not match. Avoid pastels, they are like white. Feel free to mix and match stripes and small patterns. Pick 3-4 colours and mix them all in. Layers are always a good idea (unless it’s 100 degrees) and provide a lot of interest and makes it easy to remove an article of clothing and have a totally different look. Hats, scarves, jackets, boots, etc. All accessories are welcome.