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FAMILY SESSION


I know the idea of booking, planning and getting through a custom photo session can seem daunting, but fear not. I am here to help! I promise to guide you through the process, answer questions, and offer ideas from start to finish. I want your session to be enjoyable, and I want to capture you and your loved ones in your natural state. Not stiff and posed in white shirts and khakis. There are tons of information sections located throughout my website, but this page is meant to bring all those links you might need that pertain to your family session.

First, I always recommend reading over the FAQ, What to Wear, Studio Info (if your session will be held there), and the Pricing page. All basic info that pertains to every session, but basic info you need to know none the less. This website migration is a continued work in progress, so I am always adding new information!

Second, I do suggest checking out my Pinterest board {here} for outfit coordination ideas. This part is typically the hardest part of a custom session, aside from deciding what to order!

Lastly, remain calm, and let’s have some fun! I know it can be stressful planning outfits, trying to make your little one “practice” their smile (please don’t!), planning around meals & naps. I can’t stress to you enough to just leave the stress at home. We want to focus on the fun exciting part of a photo session, if you and the kiddos are already so stressed from planning, and practicing, we lose the most important part! I want to capture you and your family as the real you, not the uncomfortable, stressed out, pained smile versions of you.

Now, in regards to prepping your little ones… or even not so little ones:

The first and absolute most important bit of advice I can give you in preparing for your little ones upcoming session is DO NOT for any reason miss nap-time that day if your little one is still napping! Nothing ruins the chances of a smiley, smooth running session more than a tired, sick, cranky little one. Please, please make sure that you schedule their session time around naps!

Secondly, make sure everyone is fed prior to the session. Don’t forget to bring along snacks!!! Consider a treat for the kiddos at the end of your session. Lollipops, a trip to the ice cream store, or their favorite pizza shop are great ways to entice them. When it comes to sessions, I am not above bribes for good behavior [?]

Diapers should be freshly changed at the start of the session.

Everyone should be warm. If we are going to be outside in the chilly months please plan your outfits accordingly. Dress in layers, add a scarf, vest, hat & gloves on super chilly days. Winter outfits are super cute for holiday photos anyway! In addition to that don’t forget tissues. Cold weather = runny noses, and watering eyes.





NEWBORN SESSION



Newborn sessions are not your typical session, and proper planning for them can make things run much more smoothly. While I can’t cover 100% of the cases as every baby is different, I hope this list helps you feel more prepared. As always should you have any questions feel free to contact me prior to the session, or bring a list along.

Scheduling/Timing:

Sessions should be scheduled at least 2-3 months in advance. In busy seasons I book out 3+ months in advance. Waiting until baby is about to arrive takes the chance I will not be able to fit you in. I always recommend checking with me even if you missed pre-booking, I try my best not to turn newborns away because the timing of these sessions is so crucial.

A temporary time-slot will be scheduled at time of booking, your actual appointment will be scheduled when you contact me within 48 hours of babies arrival to confirm the final appointment day/time. Most newborn sessions will be held on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday mornings starting at 11am.

Newborn sessions are best shot within the first 5-14 days of life.

Newborn sessions take place in my Old Forge studio on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday mornings arrival time is 10:30 (unless other plans have been discussed with Jessica) for a final feeding with an 11am start for shooting.

A few things to bring along:

A family heirloom or special item you’d like to incorporate

Extra wipes + diapers

Extra bottle of formula or pumped milk

Pacifier, soothie pacifiers are best as they don’t leave marks in babies face

A few things not to bring along:

Siblings, or extra family members. Should you want siblings included for a few shots we can add-on some additional time at the beginning or end of the session at a discounted rate, but the studio will be far too warm, and need to be far to calm for older siblings to be included in the entire session.

Outfits for baby, we may have time for one special one, but the majority of this session will be the babies wrapped and posed in natural ways on a variety of blankets and backgrounds. If you like my style of newborn photography then you need not worry about bringing anything along, I have everything we need on hand!

Stress. I know it’s hard not to worry about every little thing when you’ve just brought home your new little angel, but try to leave all the stressing to me, and take a few hours to sit back and relax.

A few things to keep in mind:

Baby should be changed and fed upon arrival at the studio if you’re driving longer than 15-20 minutes. We will chat about your specific morning plan the day we schedule.

This session will be LONG. At least 2 hours, sometimes 4 depending on the babies mood. I will be doing most of the work, baby tends to get fussy if they can smell mom nearby. Mom & Dad are encouraged to sit back, relax and enjoy the experience!

Keep in mind that babies don’t always pose easily, or sleep through the entire session. With each passing day they are more alert, and less likely to sleep through it all. Typically I will have to lull them back to sleep every time I move them to change outfits/props/backdrops. The majority of the time will be spent trying to keep them comfortable and sleepy.

The baby sets the tone of the session. They poop, pee, cry, get hungry, or simply don’t stay sound asleep sometimes. A lot of work goes into getting those dreamy sleepy poses, some sessions take 2 hours, some take 3, or even 4 if baby is fussy or extra hungry! Please don’t worry about it either way, I work on baby time!

It’s going to be HOT in the studio. I suggest dressing in layers. I typically have the temperature set to about 80, and have a space heater running. It’s important to keep your little one warm and comfortable.

What to wear for sibling/parent shots:

Nothing formal, or too textured. These poses will be less formal, and more about capturing the overwhelming love for your new little one. Think simple, and natural.

Shoot for blacks, creams, whites in solid prints to ensure nothing is distracting from your new little bundle in the images. These images will likely be composed close-up so don’t worry too much about what’s on the bottom!

For big sisters we can often wrap them in a similar wrap to baby for sweet close-ups, or a simple neutral top/dress works perfectly.

Big brothers often shirtless with jeans, or a plain neutral top with jeans.
Always feel free to call/text/email me with questions!




CHLIDREN SESSION


I know it can be stressful planning outfits, trying to make your little one “practice” their smile (please don’t!), planning around meals & naps. I can’t stress to you enough to just leave the stress at home. We want to focus on the fun exciting part of a photo session, if you and the kiddos are already so stressed from planning, and practicing, we lose the most important part! I want to capture you and your family as the real you, not the uncomfortable, stressed out, pained smile versions of you. While I cannot possibly cover every aspect that you may be worrying about please check over the info below, and of course email/call if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the planning process. I’m here to help!

The first and absolute most important bit of advice I can give you in preparing for your little ones upcoming session is DO NOT for any reason miss nap-time that day if your little one is still napping! Nothing ruins the chances of a smiley, smooth running session more than a tired, sick, cranky little one. Please, please make sure that you schedule their session time around naps!

Secondly, make sure everyone is fed prior to the session. Don’t forget to bring along snacks!!! Consider a treat for the kiddos at the end of your session. Lollipops, a trip to the ice cream store, or their favorite pizza shop are great ways to entice them.

Diapers should be freshly changed at the start of the session.

Everyone should be warm. If we are going to be outside in the chilly months please plan your outfits accordingly. Dress in layers, add a scarf, vest, hat & gloves on super chilly days. Winter outfits are super cute for holiday photos anyway! In addition to that don’t forget tissues. Cold weather = runny noses, and watering eyes.

For outfit planning help, and ideas please contact me. 





CAKE SMASH


First birthday sessions are one of my absolute favorites to shoot… especially when it’s cake smashing time!  They do however end up being one of the most involved sessions when it comes to planning on Moms part. I do have headbands, tutus, ties, and hats that we can add in as well, but for the most part Mom is in charge of planning the outfits, cake, balloons, birthday board and the like. My hope is that this page helps a bit, and I’m only a phone call, text, or email away if you need some planning assistance, or have questions! 

First let’s talk about what you’ll need to order ahead, and bring along.

The cake smash cake – The cake size, and colors, and even frosting type are VERY important. A massive cupcake cake works perfectly, not a big cupcake, a cupcake shaped cake (see slideshow) or a small round cake. Little cupcakes, or tiny pre-made Wegmans cakes do not work. We need something big enough to make an impact, and give them time to play in it. Fondant will not work! The babies cannot dig through a hard covered fondant cake. Colored icing works best, and should be coordinated with your cake smash outfit. Avoid candies, dark cake batter, and sprinkles that can cause choking hazards. (inquire about adding a cake to your package, and I’ll take care of coordinating that piece of the session if you prefer!)

Candle or cake topper – Feel free to bring along a candle, or custom cake topper (etsy!) that we can use for the first portion of the cake smash, and remove when things get messy.

Coordinating cake smash outfit –  It’s important to coordinate with me once you’ve chosen your cake smash outfit so I can plan the backdrop set colors, and you can coordinate icing on your cake smash cake.

Outfits – I always plan to use 2-3 including your smash set. Just be sure we have discussed your cake style to coordinate!

Bath Towel – It’s going to get messy. A bath towel works great for clean-up.

Trash bag – To transport messy clothing.

Balloons – These are optional, but highly recommended. You only need a handful 5 in a variety of coordinating colors with your cake smash outfit. If you want them included in the actual cake smash set you’ll want two matching sets of five. This really depends of the look we are going for, I personally prefer a classic smash that lets baby stand out. If your vision is bold and colorful we should discuss exactly what your colors/preferences are so details are all covered.





WHAT TO WEAR



One of the questions I receive most often from clients is “What do we wear?!?” I know it can be un-nerving, and usually the most stressful part of your session. Don’t fret! I can put together an entire Pinterest board, and it’s a great place to start! If you have questions, or ideas you want me to look at text/email me pictures and I would be happy to offer suggestions!

— C O O R D I N A T E —

You want to coordinate your color palette, without getting too matchy-matchy. Everyone in jeans & a white shirt is boring. Think layers, accent pieces, a few coordinated colors with a pop of texture added in!

— S H O W • Y O U R •  S T Y L E  —

Most importantly, be true to your style! You want the images to capture the real you, and your real loved ones.

— C O M F O R T —

You want to be comfortable, and able to move freely. Especially for outdoor sessions. Stiff and scratchy does not make for a comfortable happy session. You want everyone to be able to focus on enjoying the session, not grumpy and tugging on their scratchy-bunched-up new clothes. We may be laying in the grass, climbing hills, climbing trees… Who knows what we will get into!

—  C O L O R S —

Avoid too much green for outdoor sessions, you’ll blend with grassy areas. I also recommend avoiding graphics & logos on clothing. You’ll want to start with a couple of basic colors, and add in a few pieces that coordinate and make it pop.

— A C C E S S O R I Z E —

Accent pieces can really make your choices pop. Think layers, a couple of textured pieces, scarfs, a cute hat or headband, jewelry, and shoes.

— S H O E S —

Shoes matter!!! Leave the beat up sneakers at home please, (unless they are some fun-funky-fashionable ones!) they don’t usually add to the style of the session. Often people get all fancied up for sessions, and forget one of the most important parts, your feet! I love bare feet on babies & littles, but most often Mom/Dad/Teens will have their shoes on. Make sure they are clean, and coordinate with the look you’re going for, & the season.

—  W E A T H E R —

Keep in mind that cold little ones = red snotty faces & grumpy littles. Layer up under your outfits, and have tissues on hand! If it’s wintry/snowy out go ahead and dress for it! Scarves, gloves, hats & nice vests/winter coats DO make for a cute cold weather styled session!

— O U T F I T • C H A N G E S —

Can’t make up your mind? NO PROBLEM! I am 100% ok with you bringing options, because who doesn’t love a little variety?! You can show me what you’ve got and I’ll help you create a look you love! We will most often have time for an outfit change, or two, especially for child sessions.

— N O • N O‘s —

• Don’t put everyone in jeans & a white shirt… or khakis & the same color shirt!

• Avoid large graphics and logos that will distract attention from the subjects.

• No bright white knee high socks, and no sneakers… unless they are fashionable, and simple!




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Always feel free to call/text/email me with questions!