Suggestions on what to wear:
Wear comfortable and fitting clothes that flatter your body type.
Everyone should dress the same style of clothes (don’t mix casual and formal clothes). Example: everyone wears jeans or everyone wears slacks.
Dress for the season. Examples: dresses for spring, summer and fall; sweaters for winter.
Coordinating colors is far better than matching. Choose colors that look nice together.
I always recommend having at least two or three colors in your palette. Adding in a couple of patterns looks nice too! Add in a solid shift for one person, maybe some stripes for another. Remember, the key is to coordinate, so the colors in your prints and patterns are your friend.
If your personality is suited to a more subtle look, neutrals photograph beautifully as well. You can easily keep your color scheme neutral and add in smaller amounts of color for variety.
Layers are ok.
Girls- Sweaters, cardigans, hats, jackets, necklaces, bracelets, belts, hairpieces, scarves, etc.
Boys- Hat, beanies, watches, jackets, scarves, suspenders, belts, leather cuffs, etc.
What to bring:
Bring any props and accessories that compliment you and your family.
EX: picnic basket, blanket, balloons, tent, antique chair, flowers, signs for “it’s a girl/boy”, “we’re expecting”, ultrasound pictures, etc.
Don’t forget your shoes. If you are wearing heels, then bring a pair of flats/sandals so you can walk with ease to another location.
Don’t forget to paint your nails, or any other touch ups you need to do.
Choose one color, and everyone can wear a similar shade of that color in their outfit.
For families, I suggest wearing soft, lighter tones like; soft pink, blues, mixed with light neutrals, heather gray, creams leather brown and whites. It’s easier for everyone to wear one a similar shade.
Bring an extra set of clothes for the kids.
Snacks for the kids that will not stain the clothes.
Toys for the babies and infant (to get their attention or for them to play with if they start crying)
Kids do not need a lot of accessories and they don’t need huge bows, headbands, etc. Huge accessories will take the focus off of them.
Layers and textures work well with kids. Example: Leggings, ruffles, jackets, scarves, boots, etc.
Try to avoid:
Don’t over accessorize!
Bright neon colors. (unless you want this kind of styled session)
Busy patterns, characters, labels or shirts with logos. (You are the focus; we are not promoting the clothing company)
Baggy clothes & stripes (Both can make you appear larger on camera).
DO NOT get a spray tan or stay in the sun for hours a few days before a shoot.
How to prep the family
Make sure they are rested and fed!
Tell them about the session and make it sound exciting, so they can be excited for the session!
Let them be little! Just give them grace to be little, and I will capture their personalities no matter what.
Make sure your spouse is rested and fed—Haha! Grown-ups need to be rested and fed too!
Show him/her a few of your favorite pictures from my website and tell him/her how much this means to you, and that you’re excited for the session.
Let him/her know that the best thing to do is to just enjoy the session and let me do the work. The pressure is off him/her.
How to prep yourself:
Make enough time to prepare on the day of your session, so you don’t feel rushed and anxious.
Let go of your need for perfection. This is the biggest anxiety for most moms. It’s ok if your kids aren’t “perfect” during the session.
Don’t worry about your kids not giving me their “real smiles.” Most of the time, being told “not that smile, your real smile!” only makes is worse, so don’t worry. I will work hard to get them laughing and will be sure to capture them at their best!