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Your Session

Before your session I want you to know that I’m just as excited and/or nervous as you are! I spend a lot of time preparing a for a session. I want it to be as successful and fun and great and more than you could expect. It’s what makes me happy. I’ll have you fill out a questionnaire to give me a few details so I have some insight as to what you are all about. The more honest and open you are in answering these, the more connected and authentic your pictures will be.

I really like to bring personal details to each session so have in mind some ideas for your family. For example, if there is a stuffed animal that your little one carries with them everywhere, make sure to have it close by. A quilt made by your grandmother. Anything that would be specific to you and your family that has meaning.

If Elsa taught us anything, it’s to Let It Go. Let go of hoping everything turns out perfect. Let go of making sure the kiddos act like tiny soldiers. Let go of worrying about the session. That’s my job! Your job is to show up relaxed and prepared to have a nice enjoyable time with your family. My job is to get the pictures. I will make sure everything goes the way it’s supposed to. I assure you, I have a plan. There’s a method to my madness. You will have a much more enjoyable experience if you do this. Have faith in me. That’s why you hired me 🙂

Lastly, I’ll go over wardrobe. This is often the most stressful part of the session for the women. And what I tell everyone is to just stop thinking. What I mean by that is, there’s no need to stress about what to wear. Stop spending hours looking up wardrobes on Pinterest. Quit thinking of color pallets to work with. There’s not a single person/family I know who color coordinates their outfits on a normal daily basis so why on earth would you do it for pictures?! That’s not you! Who you are! Plus, if you wear something that you wouldn’t normally wear, you’ll feel out of place and look un recognizable in your pictures. You want to look at them when your done and recognize the people, not just their looks but their personality and who they are as people. Wear your favorite fedora. Let the kiddo wear their superhero costume that you can’t pry them out of ever. It’ll work out best!