Whether your session is a studio set-up or out on location, I want to ensure you have the best experience. Having you comfortable and relaxed will promote a wonderful atmosphere for creating and capturing those precious and classic images that will last a lifetime. To do this I want to provide you with the details of what you can expect from your session. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
This session is conducted in your home or other indoor location with a full array of studio equipment. Cameras, including phone cameras, are not allowed. No pets are allowed, unless they are part of the session. Continuous LED lighting will be provided and/or flash lighting may be used for special effects. Additional equipment you may see will be diffusers, filters, reflectors, fans, and a variety of backdrops. Blue and Green Screen are available for creating special effect or composite images. Parents are asked to take an active role in the session by attending to the child during prop changes, wardrobe changes, and calming the child when necessary. Young children not participating in the session are not allowed so that we may focus on the session. The backdrop selected will be dependent on what you are wearing. Busy prints, patterns, and logos are best avoided. Pastels work well in addition to black and white. If doing a group session, you do not necessarily need to match, but you do need to coordinate and not clash. Remember, the picture is about you and not what you are wearing.
This session can be conducted either in your home, a separate facility, or outdoors. It can also be multiple locations. The location is determined in advance. I will determine the type of lighting to be provided based on the location. If indoors, continuous LED lighting may be provided. If outdoors, flash speed lights may be used. Various diffusers and reflectors may be used. The use of backdrops will only be provided at newborn and portrait on location indoor sessions - any other need for backdrops should be discussed in advance. Cameras, including phone cameras, are not allowed. Pets are not allowed unless they are part of the session. Anyone not directly involved with the session should not attend. On deciding what to wear, busy prints, patterns, and logos are best avoided. Pastels work well in addition to black and white. If doing a group session, you do not necessarily need to match, but you do need to coordinate and not clash. Remember, the picture is about you and not what you are wearing.
Prior to the session I will contact you via phone to discuss your vision of the session. Most new mothers have a picture in their mind of what they want captured. It is important I understand that vision and work closely with you to make it happen. I will provide you a few questions in advance that we will review during our conversation. At our consultation we will discuss colors and props and I will accommodate as best I can to bring these to your home.
On the day of the session, it is important you do not feed your child until you arrive at the studio. The reason for this is so the child will eat and fall into a deep sleep. I need a sleepy baby to get many of the images you will want. White noise will be played in the studio to muffle any sounds that may disturb the baby. If your baby does not sleep during the session, you and I will work to get the baby as relaxed as possible to capture that perfect image. If you want to capture a bare baby, you will need to have a very loose diaper and clothing on the baby when it arrives so there are no skin markings. The studio will be prepped in advance to have all props and backdrops ready before we begin. The backdrops will be layered on a beanbag so that we can quickly move through each image, maximizing the number of total images from your session.
I will want to include mom and dad in the session images. Please do not wear prints, patterns, or logos - solid white or black work best. Make sure you nails are ready for a close-up – this goes for moms and dads! I will take close-up shots of your hands caressing the baby and I want to ensure your nails are not distracting. Mom’s – natural color and nails look best.
Cameras, including phone cameras, are not allowed. If siblings are to also be included in the session, they will be photographed most likely at the beginning so they do not get bored. It is best to arrange for someone to play with them in another area while we complete the remainder of the newborn session.