I’m very exited to capture you and your loved ones! I take a lifestyle approach to photography and use my understanding of my equipment and natural light to create images that will become works of art that you can hang in your home and pass down for generations. I believe that what makes your family special is not the perfect posed moments, instead I know a story is better told through authentic connection, sweet little details, and honest love & emotion. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session with me.
Houston, we have a wardrobe problem!
In reality please don’t make this problem too complex :) Please remember that my main goal is to capture your individuality, emotions and feelings, not to make a fashion photo shoot :) Your wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are.
If you are completely lack of ideas I encourage you to shop some of my current in one place! Happy Shopping…
Please read my blog where I share some tips how to choose your wardrobe for your photo session
Location Location Location!
Finding the perfect location is an important part of planning for your photo shoot. I am a photographer based in Roseville, CA and mainly I have my sessions outdoors. I have my favorite places that I love to shoot at regularly but I always welcome your location ideas. We can also shoot in your home as long as it has adequate natural light. Together we will decide on the best location that fits your style and personality.For newborn sessions we meet in the comfort of your home.
Preferably, the session will take place during the golden hour. The light is typically too harsh mid day. If your children are up for it, shooting one to two hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere. The images in my portfolio look the way they do largely because of my use of light and the time of day your session takes place has a huge impact. If we are shooting in your home, I prefer late morning, because that is when homes are usually lit up the best.
Length Of Session
I usually keep my session between 1-1.30 hours. In my opinion this is the most appropriate time for us to know each other, get comfortable during the session and for me to get a diverse and adequate gallery in that time. The length of art and portrait session may vary depends on the projects we choose.
I do not use any special props other than blankets during my sessions. But feel free to bring any other prop item that you want to include. (Some ideas: hats, sunglasses, boots, jackets, etc. can be great to show personality and bring out your style)
Get your kids excited for the session and let them know how much fun it will be, but no need to over prepare them or add too much pressure for "best behavior”. Remember that children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural self. Don't worry if your child is running about and active, most of the images you see of young children on my site were captured while the child or toddler was busy playing and exploring.
To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply "be" with the child, or hold the child and we go from there.
To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session.