First of all, expect to be happy with your photos. I want you to love and cherish them, or I don’t deserve your business.
It is my job to do everything I can to make your portrait experience simple and fun! I understand that not everyone is comfortable in front of the camera, and children in particular can be overwhelmed by equipment, lights, and a stranger asking them to smile. I do what I can to put you and your family at ease.
I have found that a little information and preparation helps my clients feel more relaxed about their session. Below are some things to consider:
Your session can take place either at your home or a location of your choosing. As a rule of thumb, it should be a familiar place where you or your children feel comfortable. Imagine photos of your children doing what they love best – playing at their favorite park, running through the trees, putting their toes in the sand, or sitting in the rocking chair that their grandfather made them. The more personal, the better. If you are unsure or would like some suggestions, I would be happy to help you.
Sessions generally take about an hour, sometimes longer with newborns and larger groups. When possible, please schedule your session on a day when you will not feel rushed. With children, try to plan around their “happiest” times of the day. Children that are rested and fed are more willing to smile for the camera!
Clothing can add to a photograph, but can also be a distraction. A little planning will help ensure that you get great results. Solid colors and classic styles allow your child’s expressions to be the focus of the image, but don’t be afraid to experiment with bright colors and cool textures. Try to avoid busy patterns and characters in your clothing, as they tend to distract from the face.
Let your child’s personality drive your choices, and feel free to try more than one outfit. Consider a fun hat, a colorful scarf, or a favorite stuffed animal. Textures and accessories create wonderful detail in photographs, just keep it simple.
Groups, families and couples do not need to match, but like colors and coordinating styles work best.
Newborns are best photographed in as little as possible – a plain diaper cover, just a diaper, or nothing at all. A favorite blanket can add an interesting texture and a personal touch.
If you are unsure about clothing choices, feel free to email me ahead of time, or bring multiple outfits to the session and I will be happy to guide you.
I try to keep the use of props to a minimum, but I do have various chairs, baskets, and flowers that I will use to make your portraits unique. If you have ideas for props or certain poses in mind, please feel free to bring them to your session.
Approximately 2-3 weeks after your session, I will contact you with secure login information so that you may view your proofs online at www.footprintsfamilyphotography.com. Your proofs will remain online for 30 days to give you ample time to make your portrait decisions.