Using a natural light approach, my portrait sessions are held on location, not in a studio. I have a variety of favorite locations for photoshoots - outdoors in nature, near water or rustic buildings, as well as contemporary and urban sites. I can also work on location in the comfort of your own home.
✧ For Classic Sessions and the Memory Lane Collection, I generally spend around 2 hours with you
(although I never watch the clock and will sometimes stay longer). You will always have plenty of time to take a break
for changing diapers or outfits, for a snack, as well as soothing and feeding your baby. For portraits, this time allows for
changing outfits and going to different locations. I don't like to rush sessions. Sometimes it takes a little more time for
true personalities to shine though. Most often the best images come last.
✧ I have Special Sessions that are scheduled 4 times a year (Valentine's, Spring, 4th of July and Back to School).
Announcements for Special Sessions are sent via Facebook as well as email blasts to those who register on my website.
Usually 4-6 sessions are available for each Special Session announcement.
✧ I schedule my sessions in the morning or late afternoon, when the natural light is the best. I always photograph babies in
✧ The months of April, May, October, & November are my busiest times of the year. If you want to book then, please do so
in advance. Occasionally I will have some openings during that time, if you're flexible for a last minute booking. Please keep
in mind that holiday sessions book up quickly. I don't book anything after December 1st, due to the rush for Christmas cards
as well as for my own peace and sanity.
Clothing / Etc
Your wardrobe choice is one of the most important things to consider for your session. The goal is to make the “people” stand out in the portrait, not the “clothing”. Before going into the details, it’s important to keep in mind the room in your home that you want to display your wall portrait. If you have red walls, do you want to wear greens and have it look too “Christmas-y”? Do you want to wear orange and browns if your family room is red and gray? It may sound silly, but I put a lot of thought in planning outfits - I don't want the color choice to get in the way of displaying your beautiful images.
- Textures and layers always look nice and add depth, detail and pops of color to the photo. Knits, scarves and sweaters for the fall and winter portraits are great on camera!
- Solids colors are best. Busy, loud patterns or logos will draw too much attention in your photos, so solids are always a safe bet!
- Avoid clothes with fine, repetitive lines typically found on men’s dress shirts or suits. These detailed lines can be difficult for the camera to register and may appear as wavy lines instead.
- Avoid wearing loud or fluorescent colors since it can be distracting when looking at a photos and the colors can reflect on your face. So, unless you want to be bright orange, it’s best to stay away from fluorescents.
- IRON your wardrobe! I can’t stress this enough. Every detail will show up in your portraits, so be sure to iron out any wrinkles, remove lint and loose threads.
- Don’t over-do accessories. No watches or bulky jewelry please.
- If you wear eye glasses all the time, feel free to bring them, but if you can do without your glasses or have contact lenses, this is a better option. Eyeglasses can cause a reflection of light or objects.
- Make hair appointments at least 2 weeks prior if possible so new cuts or styles relax a bit.
- Everyone should dress in a similar-style, for example: All casual or all formal. Even the shoe styles should be consistent. In other words, don’t have some family members with closed-toed shoes and others with flip-flops in the same photo.
- The key is to coordinate, not necessarily match. It's preferred not to wear something too distracting, such as logos or really busy prints. Shirts and dress colors should be within the same color palette or be complimentary colors, rather than everyone in identical colors.
- Pants and skirts can be similar or identical in color, for example: light denim, dark denim, tan khakis.
- Women’s clothing is more colorful than men’s clothing. I always tell Moms to start with picking a color they like best for the girls, then put the guys in a more neutral color. Super cute when Moms and daughters throw a splash of similar color with an accessory like a matching scarf or headband.
Here is a great visual of color combinations that coordinate beautifully together:
- Hide those bra straps! Wear a bra and underwear that hides well under your outfit.
- Consider wearing dresses or tops that cover your arms partially or fully if you are concerned about how your upper arms look. Bare arms tend to stand-out in a photo and can expose more skin than your face, thus drawing attention to your arms, not your beautiful face!
- Lips – any shiny lip gloss in a color like berries or browns are great. Avoid frosts or glitters that will reflect light. Avoid dark colors. Bring your lip gloss along for refreshing!
- Face – a light application of non-SPF foundation helps smooth out the skin and cover any blemishes. The goal is for a matte finish, not a glow so avoid foundations with bronzer or shimmer or mineral makeup. Note: The reason to avoid foundations with SPF or shimmer is because it reflects light and will effect the exposure of the photo. If you can’t find a non-SPF foundation, then just go for the lowest SPF amount offered. Finally, brush a light translucent powder all over to cut down on shine.
- Cheeks – light blush to add some color. Avoid bronzers or glittery blushes.
- Eyes – brown eyeliner and a little waterproof mascara to bring out the lashes is fine. A soft brown always looks nice and compliments most eye colors. Avoid eye shadows with shimmer or glitter.
- Eyebrows – be sure to trim, pluck if needed. The camera and lenses are very powerful, so even a rogue hair will show! If waxing, be sure to do it a week prior to avoid having redness.
- Hairspray! – I can’t say enough about spritzing your hair with some spray, especially long hair! Most of my photo sessions are in the late afternoon to catch a gorgeous golden halo-light, but it also can highlight the flyaway hairs, so please spray your locks if you can.
- Manicure/Pedicure – It’s amazing the detail the camera can capture, so be sure to get a fresh manicure and coat of nail polish and pedicure (if you’ll be wearing open toed shoes). Avoid really bright or fluorescent nail color.
- Be clean-shaven or beards and mustaches trimmed. For clean-shaven guys, you may think a little stubble won’t be seen on camera, but it totally shows in close-ups, so spend the extra time to shave and put on your “handsome”!
- Socks and Feet show! If you’re thinking your socks and/or shoes don’t matter because they won’t be in the photo…..think again! Many times I will pose you in a seated or crouching position which will definitely show shoes and socks. Please wear socks and shoes that match the color of your clothes and your clothing style, i.e. casual, formal. No brown socks with black pants!
Kids (parents please help):
- Wipe away icky noses and eyes, fresh-scrub teeth.
- Kids lips get chapped! Bring Chapstick to give a softer look.
- If your child is still in diapers or pull-ups, hide them well under bloomers, shorts or pants.
- If your child is still of napping age, make sure they nap before the shoot.
- Be sure to give a potty-break prior to the session.
- It is perfectly okay to bring bribes to a photo. Some cereal, smarties or other candy that won’t stain teeth can help a short photo shoot go smoothly.
- Avoid colorful drinks or lollypops within 8 hours of your shoot, don’t let them eat or drink anything that will stain their face, teeth or mouths.
I’m more than happy to talk through your ideas and offer suggestions. I LOVE coordinating outfits. We will discuss clothing options at the time of your booking. I have style and color boards for ideas to help you decide on the look you want for your session.
✧ FAQ'S ✧
HOW SOON CAN I SEE MY PHOTOS?
Your private online gallery is available for viewing within 7-10 business days following our session.
WHAT COMPANY DO YOU USE TO PRINT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS?
Because I want you to have the very best quality, I use mpixpro lab for all photography prints and specialty products. Please note that if you choose to print your images anywhere else, I cannot promise that the color or quality of your photographs will be the great quality you see on your private gallery.
DO YOU TRAVEL?
Yes! Travel within 30 miles of Gold River, California is included. Distances over 30 miles will require
a travel fee of $50 for up to 50 miles. For locations over 50 miles from Gold River, California, please call me to arrange.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS ON THE DAY OF MY SESSION?
If the weather is not conducive for picture taking then rescheduling may be necessary. However, most of the time
showers pass through quickly and won’t interrupt your session. In fact, cloudy and overcast days are actually ideal for
your session because the clouds act as a giant natural light diffuser.
HOW DO I SET UP A SESSION?
We'll coordinate a short in-person meeting to run through some details about my sessions. We will discuss location options, color palette ideas for clothing and styling, and answer any questions you may have. Please note, that your session fee must be paid at this appointment in order to reserve your session date.