Your session

So you booked your session. Now what?

Via e-mail we will discuss location selection, wardrobe selection, and answer any questions you have.

I’m so excited that you’ve chosen me to capture some really special moments. My goal is to capture honest moments of you and your loved ones and that you have fun. Remember during your session to tell silly jokes, that there is always time for tickles and let’s not forget those extra hugs and kisses.

Location: Together, we will decide on the best location for your photos. We can shoot in your home as long as your home has adequate natural light. I have several locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new locations as well.

Time: Early Morning and before sunset are the my very favorite times to shoot. Both offer gorgeous light and allow you to enjoy the rest of your day with your loved ones.

Length Of Session: Portrait sessions last an hour and my clients typically leave saying “wow that went by super fast” Most people think they can’t be in front of the camera for a full hour, but I promise we’ll chat, take photos and before you know it you’ll be done and it will have been painless!

What To Wear: Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating. I’ve included a What to Wear Guide below!

Props: I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me know.  

Your Children: Remember that children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural self. Don't worry if your child is running about and active, most of the images you see of young children on my site were captured while the child or toddler was busy playing and exploring. To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply "be" with the child, or hold the child and we go from there. To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session.  Prepare the child for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it's best not to surprise them. 

Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time: Remember, your session is scheduled according to light.  It is important that we start on time.  Please plan for traffic or parking constraints.  It's best to arrive early.  

I can't wait to capture your family!  Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have.  See you soon! 


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What to wear

Yay! I’m so excited for your upcoming shoot and I want you to not only look your best, but feel your best as well! The number one question I typically get asked after someone has booked a session is “what should I wear”? Jessica to the rescue, do not fear for it’s easier than you think, simply follow these guidelines…

  1. Dress according to your style, otherwise be yourself! That means if you absolutely hate a button down shirt, please don’t make yourself squeeze into one. If you never wear dresses don’t wear a dress, remember you want to look at these photos and recognize you!

  2. Coordinate, but don’t match. If you look at the images I’ve provided for you you’ll see there are lots of colors and even pattern. That’s because each person is different and that should be represented in your images, not to mention it make for great photos! I usually tell Mom to pick her outfit out first and then allow the rest of the families clothes to be coordinated based off of her outfit. For example Mom picks out a dress that has a flower pattern, use the colors in the flowers to pull out other colors for the rest of the family or maybe Mom has a solid colored outfit, but Dad has a flannel shirt he loves, either way you’re getting pattern and colors.

  3. Please, Please, Please do not wear anything with graphics and steer clear of any thing fluorescent,

  4. Color! You’ll notice in the image samples that most of the colors are muted, pastels and earth tones that’s because they photograph the best in the locations I shoot and compliment my editing. Stick to something similar and your images will POP!

  5. Mustard, Olive, Burgundy, Burnt Orange, Black and White are my very favorite colors to photograph people in.

  6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you aren’t sure about something, ask me. I love to help!