Your session will last approximately 1 hour, sometimes a bit longer. I always allow for plenty of time. It's normal for some children to take a little longer to warm up to the camera. I always want the children to feel comfortable - that's the secret to getting portraits you'll love, and real smiles are the best smiles! I prefer shooting in natural light, but the location is completely up to you: your home, your own backyard, or a favorite park. I know of plenty of great parks in the Montgomery county area. I am not primarily a studio photographer but I come prepared with studio lighting when necessary.
Your clothing choice is up to you. I love color, however, neutral tones, denim, and khakis are always great clothing combinations for family shots. Texture also adds great depth to your portraits. If two or more people will be photographed, try to maintain the same color tone in your wardrobe. Great portraits are not always khakis and white shirts. It's great to coordinate but not necessarily match. Barefoot is always fun, and for newborns, bare skin! Consider dressing in white sparingly as it often reflects light too strongly in your portraits. If you have smaller children, hide a funny toy in your purse or bag so we can use it to make them laugh.
Avoid large logos, prints or bold stripes, as they tend to be distracting. However, fun and funky clothing choices for children or the entire family can bring a lot of personality and color to your images. Think puffy winter hats for fall, and sundresses for summer!
Above all else, come ready to have fun. Your children can feel your stress. We can take our time and enjoy the moment. Trust me - it will make all the difference in the world with your pictures.
Portrait Viewing Information:
Your custom preview slideshow and gallery will be ready for viewing online approximately 1-4 days after the date of your session. I take great care and personally retouch every image in your gallery so that you are presented with the best quality images. What you see is what you get! I will email you the link to your client page with links to your slideshow and ordering gallery. Please feel free to share this link with friends and family.
Your gallery will be posted for seven to ten (7-10) days which gives you lots of time to complete your order. You will be notified when your gallery is ready. Your session will include at least 20 - 30 proofs, sometimes more. Once your order* has been made, I will send out your prints or CD.
*I will keep all ordered images on file for one year.
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