When and Where
The session can take place at the location of your choice. When choosing a location, keep in mind that it needs to have
plenty of natural light. This can include your backyard, a local park, a downtown area, or by a large window in your own home. If you don’t have a location in mind, I will be happy to suggest one for you. For best lighting conditions, it is best to schedule an outside session during morning or early evening hours. For newborns, it is best to schedule within the first two weeks of birth.
If the session takes place in your home, make sure to clear your home of clutter and open all of the blinds in the house before my arrival. When I arrive, in order for me to find the best natural light.
Newborns: The best outfit for a newborn is their birthday suit. I have (washable) blankets to place the newborn on. I advise parents to dress in a solid, black, brown or white long sleeved shirt. To keep your newborn comfortable, I will warm my studio to around 80 degrees before the session. Make sure your baby is also well fed right before the session begins.
Babies look (and feel) their best in a simple diaper cover or solid-color clothing. When choosing an outfit for your baby, try to avoid cartoon characters and lettering. Simple patterns and bright colors are a great choice. For a more timeless look, go for neutral colors and classic styles (think collared shirts, denim and traditional dresses). I will be happy to help you choose an outfit.
Dress your child in something fun yet comfortable. If your little one likes to dress themselves in cowboy boots and superhero capes, let them. There will be time for a few outfit changes so you can have a variety of styles. Remember, these are your memories. You want your child to reflect his or her own personality. Suggestions include: overalls, bare feet, “twirly” dresses.
I want YOUR style to reflect in your photographs. Bring several outfits and be prepared for a couple of outfit changes. If you are involved in any extracurricular activity, bring something that reflects that along. Remember, texture is your friend. Suggestions include: Denim, scarves, layers, bright colors.
Try coordinating outfits while leaving room for some individuality to shine through. If you are wanting to display your photographs in your home, keep in mind the colors of your house decor when you choose your outfits. Beware of the dreaded “matchy-matchy” look. Choose solid-colored, comfortable clothing that everyone will be proud to wear.