Prepare to love your session!
LOOK THE PART:
Browse Pinterest family session pins, check magazines, ask your friends, but whatever you do, spend just an extra second or two (not hundreds or thousands of dollars) to make sure everyone looks clean, cozy, comfortable and happy to be there! I promise you that family photos will not be stuffy and stressful. We WILL have fun and that "person" who is dreading the session will feel better when I take only an hour or so and you're on your way home feeling pretty fantastic about it!
FOR YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION:
The best part of engagement pictures is that you and your loved one are together, all dolled up, and have nothing to do except spend quality time together without interruption! No phones, no computers, no wedding planning! Dress can be formal, casual or a combination of both! You can bring a change or two for some different looks. We'll spend an hour or two while you reconnect and remember why you chose each other for your love story! Some of my favorite sessions incorporated very dressy attire then downgraded to hoodies and Sperry's.
Don't stress! I've raised two children myself and photographed hundreds. I know that on the day of your session, your children will act differently, play shy, cry, or even be NAUGHTY! Don't worry. I've seen it all. Usually, once the newness of me rubs off and I've shown them a few of their really awesome images and I've acted like a goofball, everyone relaxes and we have a fantastic time! Treats and bribes help too, nothing like a piece of gum, Smarties or skittles to keep them motivated to keep smiling!
Tip for parents: Sometimes you two exiting the scene allows your littles to connect with me. Three people cooing, singing songs, counting, doing cartwheels and otherwise acting a fool can be intimidating and a little scary. I have a PHD in being goofy, I can go alone sometimes!