So you're interested in booking a photo session but maybe are feeling slightly (or very) panicked about what that means, what you'll wear, whether you can bring your dog / in-laws / neighbors cat (maybe?), and what time of day the sun does that magical thing where you look like you're in a fairytale. Sound about right? Don't worry, you're in good hands, and I'll guide you through from start to finish!
Family, maternity and engagement sessions typically last 1-1.5 hours. During the first part of our session, I like to spend some time focusing on the "framer" - i.e. the somewhat-posed-but-not-too-stuffy portrait where everyone looks like they're having an amazing time. Once I feel we've got that in the bag, I like to move on to candids and allow everyone a chance to relax, have a lot of fun, and show their true personalities. I don't mind getting silly to make your kids (and grumpy husbands) laugh. Just promise not to post on Facebook about my stellar dance moves later. And if your session doesn't include kids, consider yourself lucky for being spared from my one-armed version of the hokey pokey.
Newborn sessions typically last 3-4 hours and are held at my studio in downtown Walnut Creek. I include photos of baby only as well as various family portraits including full family, siblings, mom/baby, dad/baby and anything else your heart desires. To ensure baby stays sleepy throughout the session, they're best scheduled between 6-12 days after baby is born.
Within 14 days of your session I will post your edits online for you where you will be able to download them directly to your computer and order prints if you wish!
What If My Kids Don't Smile?
See above excerpt about the one-armed hokey pokey (you're already smiling a little visualizing it, aren't you?). Don't worry, this ain't my first rodeo, and your kids aren't the first ones I've met who would rather be playing/running/getting dirty/playing video games, than having their picture taken. I aim to make it fun and I encourage you to warm them up to the session by reminding them this is about spending an hour having fun with each other (and oh ya, you're also getting ice cream after!). Time and time again I've heard parents say "I can't believe you captured THAT. I swear I thought it was a lost cause after the first 5 minutes!" Stressed parents tend to = cranky kids. So have fun and I promise you'll be pleased with the results.
What to Wear
Glad you asked! Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to giving you ideas here. This is by no means exhaustive, but simply meant to give some ideas on how to coordinate your crew. When in doubt, start with basics and add pops of color through accessories.
Time of Day and Locations
I'm happy to provide recommendations on locations. I am based in the East Bay so this is the area I know the best. That said, I'm also open to discovering new locations so if you have something in mind, let me know and I'm happy to try it out! I do have a small travel fee to journey into San Francisco or other places more than 25 miles from my home base.
An hour or so before sunset is usually the best time of day. That will vary a little depending on the location and time of year, but it's generally a good starting point. Early mornings are also lovely (and by early I mean about an hour after sunrise - enough time for coffee and a quick shower).
Have more questions? Feel free to email me or call me (after my morning coffee, preferably).