Your photo session should be fun and stress-free, and it’s my job to make sure you are at ease and that every tiny detail is accounted for. Each client’s needs are as unique as they are, so we will schedule a time for you to come in to discuss what you are looking for from your session.
We will meet in my comfy Raleigh studio where we can sip coffee, tea, wine or pop open some champagne while we chat about your shoot. We will discuss your vision, styles, looks, color schemes, locations for your photo shoot, what the photos will be used for, where you may want to hang your photos and any other particulars.
From there, we will develop your stylized photo session from the ground up including planning your wardrobe, makeup, hair, location, and anything else you can think of!
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 are well rested on the day of your photo session (that goes for kiddos 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.
Locations: Parks, studio, historical and urban areas, as well as your backyard are all great places 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.
Maternity Sessions: 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, use my 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. I also have many wraps and jackets for my mommies. 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!
Newborns: Newborn sessions take place in the convenience of your home or my studio. Babies often sleep best with a full belly. So make sure to feed the baby right before the session. We can also take breaks if the baby needs a snack. It is best to photograph newborns during the first ten days of life because they are more likely to sleep through different settings, and they take well to being positioned. I have many props, wraps, hats ect. Newborns look beautiful in their birthday suits. They are so pure and lovely that one cute outfit is all you will need. However, if you’d like to do more, cute knit caps, headbands for girls and tiny tutus are always adorable, and I have most of these items.
Children and Babies: Kids look great in bright colors. Cute hats, shoes, and small props from their rooms are great. A little color is always welcome. If you don’t enjoy very colorful clothing, a hat can be just that splash of color that makes a photo 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 usually smile more and react to their environment, this is the best time to get photos of those chubby little cheeks, and who doesn’t love that?
Clothing: Before your shoot, you should decide on a look or theme. Do you want dressy, funky or traditional photos? Or do you want to capture your casual, playful, vintage or edgy style? Don’t forget, you can always bring a change of clothes.
I always recommend that clients choose vivid colors like green, blue, red, purple, orange, and yellow. Brighter colors will make your photos pop. I don’t recommend wearing a lot of white or pastel colors. I suggested clients choose 3-4 colors and mix them up. Layers are always a good idea and provide lots of options to mix things up to create different looks. Accessories are a fantastic addition too! Hats, scarves, jackets, boots, sunglasses, and any other kind of accessories you can dream up are welcome.
When putting together outfits for groups, your focus should be to coordinate clothes, not match.