PORTRAIT SESSION QUESTIONS

WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
For portrait sessions, think how your clothing reflects your style and how you’ll display your photos in your home. Start by choosing complementing colors and subtle patterns. Pick two or three colors in the same color scheme and mix in neutrals like khaki, black, white, gray, or denim for a nice balance for each outfit. Avoid wearing identical clothing, big logos, writing, pictures, or characters – these are distracting and take focus away from your face.
Accessories, such as shoes & socks, hats, hair bows & headbands, scarves, belts, sunglasses, and jewelry are a great way to add punch to the photos. They should add interest to the outfit but not be distracting.
Layering clothing, accessories, and wearing well-placed patterns help camouflage body parts you are sensitive to, smooth bumps from bra straps, waistbands from pants, etc., change the feel of your outfit, and add balance to the overall look. You want to be mindful of wearing solid-colored pieces and clothing with stretchy materials that show bumps and bulges.
I advise groups to let the person who will have the toughest time feeling comfortable in the photos select their outfit first, and then build everyone’s outfit around their choices.
The most important thing is to choose clothing that matches your family’s style and that everyone is happy to wear. If you need help, just let me know and I’ll talk about your options! Or, if you are unsure about what to wear, just have a few options ready and when we meet for our session and I can help you pick.
WHAT ABOUT GLASSES AND CONTACTS?

You should look like YOU in your portraits. If you’re concerned about the glare on your lenses, consider borrowing a pair of lens-free frames from your optician or wearing contacts. If you wear Transitions® lenses, the lenses will turn dark if we are shooting outside and your eyes won’t be visible in the photographs. I urge you to borrow a pair of lens-free frames, wear contacts. or just remove your glasses for the session.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL SESSION LIKE?

A typical session lasts 1-2 hours, depending on the type of session, and will be relaxed and fun, and while some of the portraits will be posed, we also try to capture the natural moments in between. Please let me know if there are poses or groupings of family members you want included. I’m always willing to incorporate your ideas, so please don’t be shy if you have suggestions.

WHAT SHOULD WE BRING?
Children and adults are always in better moods if they have full bellies and had a good night’s sleep. You may want to bring a bag with snacks and juice (avoid sugar or anything that can stain clothing), especially if you have small children in your group. Feel free to bring along toys your child loves and ones that you don’t mind them holding while being photographed.
If we discussed a change of clothing, bring that as well.
DO I HAVE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT - CAN'T I JUST WALK IN?

Appointments are required – we do not accept walk-ins.

DO I HAVE TO PAY IN ADVANCE TO SECURE MY SLOT?

Session fees must be paid up front to secure your session. If you “no show,” you will have to pay another session fee to reschedule.

HOW LONG DOES A PORTRAIT SESSION TAKE?

A complete session takes about an hour, typically no more than one hour and a half. Newborn sessions take longer; allow up to two hours.

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN ATTEND THE SESSION?

Number of people included is dependent on the type of session – please contact the studio.

WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO ARRIVE?

Please plan to arrive on time or 10 minutes earlier than the session start time.

If hair and makeup is to be applied, the person receiving hair and makeup should plan to arrive 1.5 hours before the session start time, with the remainder of the family joining them at the session start time.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM LATE?

All sessions begin at the scheduled time — we respect the next client’s time so we are unable to accommodate late arrivals.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?

Overcast days are fine, but if it rains, we’ll reschedule your outdoor session.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEATHER IS POOR?

In case of inclement weather, we will contact you and reschedule the session.

HOW MANY POSES WILL I GET TO CHOOSE FROM?

Typically, you will have no less than 35 poses to choose from!

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD DOES NOT COOPERATE?

Unfortunately there are NO retakes if your child does not cooperate, so do make sure they have had a nap and are well fed before the session time arrives.

If you feel that it’s possible that your child may not cooperate, please come prepared with a “clean” snack, especially for those who might appreciate a little positive reinforcement (aka bribery)! Look for snacks that don’t melt, aren’t sticky and won’t leave messy crumbs.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS SICK THE DAY OF THE SESSION?

If you or your child is not feeling well (even the slightest bit under the weather), please reschedule. We want to keep the studio as germ-free as possible.

DURING THE SESSION, CAN I TAKE PHOTOS WITH MY IPHONE TO SHARE WITH MY FRIENDS?

Please do not. No cameras, including cell phone cameras, are allowed in the studio.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?
I understand sometimes life gets in the way of our plans. When a session needs to be rescheduled due to weather, illness, or extenuating circumstances, the retainer fee and session fees are carried forward to the new date.
However, if the client chooses to cancel a session without rescheduling it, the non-refundable retainer is forfeited.
WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE FOR MY SESSION?

Payment is due the day we speak to schedule the date of your portrait session – payment for your session is required to hold the date.

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