Session Preparation

Session Preparation Information


Here are some suggested tips to help you prepare for your session

Newborn & Babies


  • Use a washcloth to clean away flaky skin & eye boogers
  • Book your session around your baby’s feeding and nap times. The perfect time to shoot is right when the baby would be laying down for a nap. If your baby normally falls asleep after a feeding, wait to feed the baby until you’re at the shoot. 
  • If you have a specific outfit, please have it ready for your session. If you have sentimental items like the quilt that Grandma made for the baby, a baby blanket from your own childhood - have those ready too!
  • If your baby takes a pacifier, have it ready – if they’re bottle fed, have an extra bottle ready to help put the baby to sleep.

Children


  • Clean, clean, clean – clean nails, clean hair, wipe away eye boogers, clean feet (sandals on kids = black feet!), wipe snotty noses, fresh-scrub teeth. 
  • If your child is still in diapers or pull-ups, tuck’em in.
  • If your child is still of napping age, make sure they nap before the shoot.
  • It is perfectly okay to bring bribes to a photo shoot – given a stage and being the center of attention, it’s like our kids know exactly when to act their worst. Some cereal, cookies or other small snacks that won’t stain teeth can help a short photo shoot go by smoothly.
  • Avoid colourful drinks or lollipops within 24 hours of your shoot, don’t let them eat or drink anything that will stain their face, teeth or mouths.
  • Wardrobe – For girls, you can’t go wrong with cute dresses, rompers, and dainty hats or headbands. For boys, jeans and polos or a button-up shirt, or a t-shirt with a button-up over it can be very cute, as well as overalls on the right age and personality. For siblings, the children don’t have to match perfectly, just coordinate. You can’t go wrong with dark, rich monotones, which drive the attention in photos to sweet faces and darling expressions instead of loud prints or colours. If nothing else, pick a colour that compliments your child’s eye color.
Maternity


  • Moisturize that belly!
  • Gather your props to bring along – ultrasound printout,  baby shoes, stuffed animals, or any other sentimental item you wish to have incorporated in your session 
  • Wear whatever you feel comfortable and pretty in – long, flowy skirts, especially solids are nice, and strapless bras that coordinate with them. Tube dresses are great for showing off your shape. Bring a pair of regular jeans, not the belly panel ones. A button-up shirt also makes it easy to transition into showing your belly.
  • If you’re doing semi-nude/implied nude photos, bras and underwear will create noticeable lines on your skin, so wear loose-fitting clothing to the shoot. You can add undergarments as necessary for photos later in the shoot.
  • Do bring your significant other! They’ll make a great prop for your photos, and greatly expand on the number of different photos you can make during your shoot. They should bring outfits that coordinate with what you’ll be wearing. The focus should always be on you, your expressions, your emotions, your personality, your joy and your connection.
Smash & Splash 


  • A week prior to your session, give your child icing or whipped cream. Let them play with it so when it comes to your session they won't be afraid to get their hands dirty. A majority of the time they don't seem to like the texture or they don't know what to do.
  • If you have a theme in mind, please tell us. We want to make sure we have everything set up perfectly the way you vision it to be. You're welcome to have props ready and outfit changes.
  • If your child is still in diapers or pull-ups, tuck’em in.
  • If your child is still of napping age, make sure they nap before the shoot.
  • It is perfectly okay to bring bribes to a photo shoot – given a stage and being the center of attention, it’s like our kids know exactly when to act their worst. Some cereal, cookies or other small snacks that won’t stain teeth can help a short photo shoot go by smoothly.
Families




  • The proper selection of clothing makes the difference. Avoid bright colours and patterns as they command too much attention. Every member of the family should have the same attention, therefore subtle clothing is recommended. Simple, classic outfits are the best, as they will not date your portraits. Families should coordinate type and colour of clothing. 
  • Try not to wear heavy makeup. Keep it light and fresh.
  • Bring some snacks and drinks for the kids and please make sure they are well-rested prior to their session.
  • You can always shoot me a text or email, if undecided in a wardrobe selection. We are here to help!




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